Estimated Achievement Difficulty: 4/10
Offline: 50 (1000)
Approximate amount of time to 1000: 10 hours
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 playthrough
Missable Achievements: None (level replay)
Do cheats disable achievements: No Cheats
Does difficulty affect achievements?: Only one difficulty level
Glitchy Achievements: Lightening Reflex Bee (and therefore You Rock Pollen Jock)
Unobtainable Achievements: None
Extra Equipment Needed: None
Welcome to Bee Movie Game, a game that essentially plays like a 10 hour quicktime event. Despite that, the game has a definite humor about it, so the very simplified levels actually become kind of fun to play. Most people will have no trouble with most of the achievements, particularly if they refer to the guide below for help with a specific achievement, but one or two will give some people a lot of trouble.
Step One: Main playthrough
Just by playing the game through to the end, you will probably get the majority of the achievements, though very few are required to advance to the next stage. The achievements fall into six categories, like flawless quick time events or timed runs, with an achievement for completing each category and an achievement for completing all six categories. Don’t worry if you miss one, though, since at various points in the game, you will have a chance to go back and replay any level where you missed something.
The game also has two small sets of collectibles for a single achievement, so you would be well served following this guide. There really is no easy way of knowing which collectible you missed, so to save a bit of hassle, just follow the guide.
Since the achievements are organized by category and not by level, look for the following achievements on the following levels:
Chapter 1: Flawless Sortie, Flower of Discovery, Flawless Game
Chapter 2: Flower of Courage, Baptism of Water, Flower of Will, Operation Guaca Mole
Chapter 3: Flower of Heart, Washed Away Picnic, New Hive Protector
Chapter 4: Flawless Buzz Battle 1, Flawless Truck Chase
Chapter 5: Honey Farm Protector (the achievement description is actually wrong), Flawless Buzz Battle 2
Chapter 6: Flawless Limousine Pursuit, Flower of Abundance, Operation Buzz Boy
Chapter 7: Flower of Bravery, No Pain No Gain... in Rain, Flower of Justice, Operation Gamma Code
Chapter 8: Sprinkler Shower
Chapter 9: Flawless Buzz Battle 3
Chapter 10: Operation Sting Ray
Chapter 11: Flawless Buzz Battle 4
Step 2: Time Runs
You may have noticed that two of the levels have both a pollination award and a timed run award, you can’t do both in the same run through. All you need to do is load up the levels in question (Level 2.1 and Level 7.1) and do the timed run. You can do these at any time, but you will have to go back and do either the timed run or the pollination to get the achievement.
Step 3: Job Mini Games
You have to do a few of these every so often to advance the story, but in order to get all the achievements, you will need to complete all 79 mini games. This takes as long, if not longer, than the actual game, since the final challenges for some of the games take more than 5-7 minutes each. You won’t be able to perform the final challenges until just before the last level, so the choice comes down to when do you want to start grinding. These challenges may take up to 5 hours to complete all of them, so settle in and remember that you get 250 for finishing these (50 for finishing all the jobs and 200 for getting all the awards).
Step 4: Mop Up
You might have missed an achievement or two over the course of the game. If so, just go to the level selector near the hive exit and play the scene you need. Refer to the guide below if you are having trouble. Again, you can do this at any time, even after completing the game, so my best advice is to use these to break up the working mini games. If you know you earned an achievement, but it just doesn’t unlock, try again, it should unlock. Be aware that on level 6, there are two button prompts almost hidden by a cutscene, and that Barry will yell “ouch” even if he is missed on Chapter 11. Occasionally a save will glitch, though, allowing you to unlock all the achievements in a category, but not the achievement for finishing the category. If that happens, you will probably need to delete your save and start again, though more often than not, the complaint is it glitched, when you just missed one of the hidden prompts in the limo chase. So it might be a good idea to finish off the Lightning Reflex award as soon as you can, to avoid playing through the second half of the game for nothing.
You may start to feel like you are not making any progress since the achievement value of the game is so back loaded, but you will be able to get every achievement without too much hassle, so sit back and enjoy the game, at least until the job grinding starts. Keep at it, and you'll earn your 1000!
[x360a would like to thank Capn Doug for this Road Map]