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Apidya features many real insects and creatures, including the lesser-known firebreathing snail.
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Apidya is a 1992 Horizontal Scrolling Shooter developed by German studio Kaiko and released by Play Byte for the Commodore Amiga.

In the game, the player controls a honey bee which must magically blast its way through five levels, defeating countless foes and bosses along the way. In the first couple of levels, you start off battling real insects and creatures in a semi-realistic natural setting; later on, much stranger foes can be encountered, including animated sewer trash and biotechnological nightmares.

In spite of its unusual setting, the game plays quite similarly to more conventional space-themed shooters like Gradius, and features a weapon bar that allows the player to select powers depending on how many flowers they collect from destroyed enemies.


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This game contains examples of:

  • Animate Inanimate Object: The sewer level has many of these, suggesting that Hexaae's evil magic works on non-living things just as well as it does on insects. The second boss of the sewer level is a can of Pepsi-Cola.
  • Animesque: An early example of a non-Japanese developer mimicking the aesthetics of Japanese games.
  • Asteroids Monster: The first boss of level 5 is a puffer fish that, after absorbing enough energy, eventually splits into 3 smaller versions of itself.
  • Bee Bee Gun:
    • This is literally the final boss's attack; just releasing an endless stream of insects at you while battering you with the draft of its wings.
    • This is also how Hexxae attacks Ikuro's wife Yuri with bees, poisoning her.
  • Big Bad: The evil sorcerer Hexxae, who kicks off the events of the game by poisoning Ikuro's wife (and is presumably responsible for everything trying to kill him).
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  • Bonus Level of Heaven: It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for this game, but there is one (in fact, it's the very first one).
  • Bonus Stage: The game has several:
    • Catching the tiny angel that appears after defeating the first boss will take you to a bonus stage that seems to take place in a Fluffy Cloud Heaven, in which you have to catch angels while avoiding trident-wielding demons.
    • After destroying the second boss, a mole, you can fly into the vacant molehill to reach an underground bonus stage. The same bonus stage can also be entered by flying a particular above-ground route on the Pond level.
    • Flying into the Pike boss's mouth takes you to a bonus stage inside his stomach, filled with tiny collectible soda cans.
    • Similarly, in the sewer level, you can enter the rotten corpse of a dead rat and be treated to a nauseating experience of flying through its innards. It's as unpleasant as it sounds.
    • On the techno level, there is a bonus level that went undiscovered for fifteen years, due to its entrance being in a place that nobody would reasonably fly into unless they were trying to die.
    • Boss Rush: The final level consists of five bosses fought in rapid succession, with only a token wave of easily-dispatched enemies preceding them.
  • Charged Attack: By holding down the fire button, the player can build up energy and release it as an enormous bio-rocket that can tear through waves of small enemies or hit larger ones to deal heavy damage.
  • Chain Reaction Destruction: All large enemies die in a flurry of fiery explosions, especially bosses.
  • Down the Drain: Level 3 takes place entirely inside a sewer.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: And we do mean everything, starting with beetles and butterflies and progressing to more unlikely foes like sewer trash and discarded toys.
  • Exty Years from Now: The intro shows us events taking place in the year "19XX".
  • Fireballs: One of the heavy weapons used by insects.
  • Flying Seafood Special: The first boss of the final boss rush is a puffer fish, which must somehow be flying since the level doesn't take place underwater.
  • Hammerspace: The bee can fire off a bio-rocket that is, somehow, larger than itself.
  • Interface Screw: In the sewer level, flying in the poison fumes flips the screen upside down for a few moments and reverses your controls.
  • Interface Spoiler: You can listen to most of the game's music on the menu screen, and there's one tune, "Speed of Light", that could never be heard in game, but the position and style of it suggested that it had to be for a bonus level in the techno world. It was fifteen years later before someone hacked the game to find out where this bonus level was.
  • Murder Water: The sewer level has mutated water that looks a lot like a claw. It jumps out in an attempt to attack you.
  • Mook Maker: The final boss's only attack is to release an endless swarm of insects at you.
  • Never Trust a Title: The game's title screen suggests that this game is called "Apidya II", which has led many people to wonder what the first Apidya game was. The developers later admitted that the "II" was supposed to be a joke in attempt to stir excitement.
  • Off with His Head!: How Ikuro ultimately disposes of the Big Bad.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: If you don't have a shield, Ikuro dies if anything hits him, be it enemies, projectiles, or scenery.
  • Segmented Serpent: The eel boss is the most fitting example, since it moves around like a snake, but there are other segmented enemies: some odd pond animal with an extending jaw, and swinging electrical cables in the sewer level.
  • Shout-Out: The biotech-themed fourth level is a shout-out to R-Type.
  • Shown Their Work: The depictions of European insects and other animals are all accurate, and if you know your biology, you can identify them.
  • Spider Tank: The first boss of the techno world, a giant, indestructible mecha-crab.
  • Swallowed Whole: The pike boss can do this to you. Bizarrely, it's actually not a bad thing; it takes you to a Bonus Stage.
  • Weaponized Offspring: This is the attack of the final boss, a giant hornet that keeps releasing bees at you.
  • Womb Level: The giant pike's stomach, and later, the dead rat's innards.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ikuro has blue anime hair before his transformation, while Yuri's hair is green.
  • Your Head A-Splode: happens to some of the larger enemies, such as the snail pictured above.
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