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Band of Bugs is a fast-paced, accessible, tactics and strategy game designed specifically for Xbox LIVE Arcade. Play the tutorial to get a taste of the mischief these critters can get up to.

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Maal is an unhappy bug who needs structure and a purpose in his life, so he joins the royal army under the tutelage of the battle-hardened mantis warrior Tiernan. Now, he must begin his quest to save the Queen and the kingdom. NinjaBee's Band of Bugs puts you in Maal's shoes … er, footpads, and sets you in the middle of a fast-playing, accessible, tactical strategy game designed specifically for Xbox LIVE® Arcade. This turn-based tactics game expands the genre by providing a unique Level Editor, allowing gamers to create levels and play them online with friends.

  • Tasty tactics: One of the few turn-based tactics games available, Band of Bugs provides gameplay deep enough to be satisfying to established fans of the genre, but friendly enough to appeal to all types of casual gamers.
  • Multiple game modes: The game includes a story-based campaign and stand-alone missions as well as several unique multiplayer modes:  Elimination, Escape, and Capture.
  • Create your own levels: The game has fifty levels, but also features a Level Editor allowing you to design custom scenarios and play them solo or over Xbox LIVE with your friends.

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7.4  (8)
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Band of Bugs 2011-10-26 21:51:11 Mathew
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7.0
Reviewed by Mathew    October 26, 2011

Pretty goood game

Ok.... this game is pretty fun, but doesn't have as much variation or anything you look forward to. Fun battles are epic but its just that nothing happens except fights there are no weapons or specials or anything to look forward to. Pretty fun but 10$ is a bit expensive.

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Band of Bugs 2009-08-21 11:16:49 DiscoDuck8k
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6.0
DiscoDuck8k Reviewed by DiscoDuck8k    August 21, 2009
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Band of Bugs 2009-08-14 19:51:00 danysuri
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5.0
danysuri Reviewed by danysuri    August 14, 2009
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Fun little games -- frustrating at times --- but fun.

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Band of Bugs 2009-01-17 05:26:09 JC Elite
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7.0
JC Elite Reviewed by JC Elite    January 16, 2009
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Another fun and quirky game from the developer, Ni

I absolutely love turn-based strategy games. Now while Band Of Bugs certainly doesn't break any new ground, it's a fun game nonetheless. There is no leveling up characters, RPG-style. There is no huge storyline to follow, although the one here is decent. There are no epic sized battles that will have you using a bunch of magic attacks and hoping your lvl. 45 Dark Mage doesn't die because of all this time you have built him up. You see, Band Of Bugs gives you units and a battlefield to use those units on and that's about it.

Now while this may turn some people off, that lack of depth didn't really bother me. It could be because I wasn't expecting any more since this is an Xbox Live Arcade game, but I could see how it could be a problem for some people. And I must admit, during my first play though I actually quit a few times due to the game having a bland feeling that I just couldn't put my finger on. Thankfully I came back to it and it's quirky charm and fun gameplay sucked me in.

Band Of Bugs is certainly full of Ninja Bee's trademark quirky style. The visuals, dialogue, and just the fact you are using bugs fits right in line with Ninja Bee's other two Live Arcade releases in terms of style. And like their other games, they are not trying to re-invent the wheel here. They just want to give you a fun game that is worth the money and I think this certainly qualifies. If you liked their other two games, you owe it to yourself to at least check out the trial version.

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Band of Bugs 2008-08-17 11:44:01 ForTheDamned
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6.0
Reviewed by ForTheDamned    August 17, 2008

Generic

I found it to be just another generic turn based strategy game that makes me glad that I own a DS and a copy of Final Fantast Tactics

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Band of Bugs 2008-08-14 14:01:56 JoeySnow
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8.0
JoeySnow Reviewed by JoeySnow    August 14, 2008
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"What do you mean? All kids like bugs. They're cut

One of the few turn based games on Live is also a very entertaining game. I was only going to download the demo but I had enough fun to buy the full version. It is a solid game with some depth to the magic and skills but nothing that is overwhelming. Throw in a neat level editor and you have a fun Saturday afternoon.

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Band of Bugs 2008-08-14 12:27:51 Sard
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10.0
Sard Reviewed by Sard    August 14, 2008
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good little turn-based strategy game

There's not too many arcarde titles that are turned-based strategy but this one is definitely a gem. Fun and challenging to play and a cute little story too.

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Band of Bugs 2008-08-06 16:23:23 jigsawhc
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10.0
jigsawhc Reviewed by jigsawhc    August 06, 2008
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Great Game!

The tutorial is a bit slow to go through, but once you're through the tutorial the gameplay speed picks up as you get into the main story line. In addition to the main story there is also a scenario and multiplayer modes. The scenario modes are stand alone levels that give you a specific objective. Multiplayer is what you'd mostly expect where you can fight against 3 other players in elimination and king of the hill type battles. The multiplayer modes also include some mission mode and an 'Escape' mode that is fairly unique. In 'Escape" you have to get your army to a certain point on the map and keep the enemy armies from getting there. In addition to these modes there is a "Spider Hunt" mode that allows for 8 player at once.

One of the best features on Band of Bugs is the included map editor. The editor can be used for single player skirmish games or over Xbox Live. I'm really excited to make some interesting maps and see how they fair over Live.

I realize this is a quick little rating, but really I don't have anything bad to say. The game is fun to play and provides some great strategic challenges without making it hard to get into. If you're into strategy games this is one worth checking out. Even at $10 I think this game is a good value because with the map editor there is tons of replay value.

Additionally there are two great DLC packs that have been released to expand the campaign and multiplayer maps.

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