Bird Game + Xbox One Review
Bird Game + initially reminded me of the Unfinished Swan with its hand drawn black and white art style.
Starting off with the game you soon find out that effectively this is very much an on rails adventure with you taking control of the bird from the title flying through the level whilst attempting to avoid all the obstacles and beat the various bosses on your way.
Firstly the art style does add a little unique charm to the game but the charm soon wears thin as you find that avoiding the obstacles generally feels more like luck than skill, even spending time with the game doesn’t really make you feel like you are getting any better at it.
Some of the obstacles feel distinctly unfair especially if you are just sneaking through by a whisker and suddenly they start to move and catch you out, the enemies that fly towards you sometimes feel like they are unavoidable and with the game varying the obstacles you can’t always learn the best route either.
The art style adds another complication too in that the movement doesn’t even feel like you have any discernible speed as you fly through the level this in turn makes your movement even harder to judge when avoiding enemies and obstacles.
The bosses you will come up against at the end of each level are fairly predictable and you need to learn their attacks to be able to dodge them and use your dodges to defeat them.
The game has a few decent ideas but they are just not implemented as well as they could be and overall it becomes a bit frustrating to play.
If you are an achievement hunter you will very quickly amass 500-600 gamerscore but the other challenges could have a fair bit of frustration attached to them.
Even at the pretty low price of £4.99 I wouldn’t overly recommend this other than to hardcore achievement hunters as I can’t really see one specific audience wanting to jump on board this.
With thanks to Ratalaika Games for the review code
Developer: Bryan Tabor
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Website: Bird Game +