Maya the Bee: The Golden Orb is a 2010 animated video game by Wayforward. The game is part of the Bee franchise and follows the storyline of the earlier released Bee: Return of Kings. It is an updated version of the first game. It is on Xbox Live Arcade and PC.
Maya is an orphan who works as a bee in New Orleans. The game starts when she stumbles upon an abandoned bee colony. There she meets Leona, an older bee who becomes her friend and guides her to become an adult bee. Maya eventually gets fired from her job because of her inability to find a partner. She then decides to join the ranks of the lost bees and seek a suitable partner by asking an older bee whom she barely knows.
The game series revolves around the life of Maya the Bee, from where she learned how to fly. Along the way she also had many adventures and conflicts along the way. The game further introduces us to some of the other main characters of the series: Pauline, a wealthy girl, and Cayla, also wealthy, both with different sets of moral values. Cayla is shown to have more faith in others than Maya. The game also introduces to us several other minor characters.
The animation is very well done for a video game. The character's movement is fluid and there are plenty of little things that added life to the game. The character models are also very nice to look at, and the effects are great. Some of the environments and features used in the game looked really nice too.
The voice acting in this game is top notch. All the characters in the Bee series are voiced by their respective actors (Wong Li-hung and Jiang Yang), and the story is also written by them. There are two English versions of the game: one which is released for the Nintendo DSi and another for the iPhone, which is a remade version of the original PSP game. The voice acting can be very strong in either version, but it seems that the iPhone version has a lot more flexibility when it comes to emotions. I'm not sure why, but it does seem to be that way.
Overall, this game is definitely worth checking out. The games play fast and they're relatively short. If you like your animations animated cartoon sequences with strong story line, then this game is definitely something that you should check out.