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A Bird Story is an adventure role-playing video game developed and published by Freebird Games. It was released in November 2014 for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux as a minisode connecting the previous game by Freebird Games, To the Moon, with its sequel, Finding Paradise. It received mixed reviews from critics, whose main complaints were its dullness and slow gameplay.

A Bird Story
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Developer(s)Freebird Games
Publisher(s)Freebird Games
Composer(s)Kan Gao
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EngineRPG Maker
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux[1]
ReleaseNovember 5, 2014
Genre(s)Adventure, role-playing[2]
Mode(s)Single-player

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GameplayEdit

A Bird Story is a short video-game in which the player controls an imaginative young boy who is ignored by the majority of the other characters and throughout the whole game; all characters except the boy and a few others have ghost-like bodies.[3] When the boy finds an injured bird, he becomes happier and begins to notice more people, and his introversion lowers.[4] The map is as though the game is a recollection of memories, instead of being in real time. The player could be in a park which leads into a hallway.[5] In a Kotaku review, the lack of dialogue was compared to the expression "show, don't tell".[5]

Development and releaseEdit

A Bird Story was developed by Freebird Games using the RPG Maker XP engine. It was ported to Linux and MacOS with the open source RPG Maker XP game engine recreation MKXP.[6]

A Bird Story was primarily released as a connection between To the Moon and the proper sequel, Finding Paradise on November 5, 2014. It was the second minisode released between the publication of To the Moon and the development of Finding Paradise,[7] which was released in December 2017.[8][9] The player will control the same character in Finding Paradise as they did in A Bird Story, although Gao states that players do not need to play it to understand the sequel.[10] The basic plot of the game is talked about in the sequel, as are mentions of To the Moon.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic66/100[11]

A Bird Story received mixed reviews, with an overall 66/100 Metacritic rating based on 18 critic reviews.[11] Many reviewers have compared this game to To the Moon, another game by Freebird Games.[3][4][5] Andrew Barker, in a review for RPGFan said the game is an enjoyable experience but isn't for everyone; the game's pace moves slowly and even though it's an hour long, the memory of the game will linger.[12] The lack of proper gameplay was criticised by many reviewers; in a Rock, Paper, Shotgun article, John Walker criticised the "incredibly slow" movement mechanics,[13] in a Kotaku review by Cassidee Moser, the only listed con was the linearity of the gameplay[3] and in a PC Gamer review by Tyler Wilde the game was described as dull and slow but sentimental nonetheless.[14] Roger Hargreaves for Metro said that it was a massive disappointment after the success of To the Moon.[4] The predictability of the storyline was also criticised by Hargreaves,[4] along with other reviewers such as Christian Donlan from Eurogamer.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Bird Story". Freebird Games. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  2. ^ "A Bird Story on Steam". Steam. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Moser, Cassidee (26 November 2014). "A Bird Story Review". IGN. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Hargreaves, Roger (5 December 2014). "A Bird Story review – send it To The Moon". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Eisenbeis, Richard (18 November 2014). "A Bird Story: The Kotaku Review". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  6. ^ mkxp-abs on github.com
  7. ^ Prescott, Shaun (13 August 2014). "A Bird Story is a stopgap between To The Moon and its sequel; new trailer and release date announced". PC Gamer. Future plc. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  8. ^ Chalk, Andy (12 January 2016). "To the Moon sequel Finding Paradise officially revealed". Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  9. ^ Chalk, Andy. "Finding Paradise has a new release date and an unexpected trailer". PC Gamer. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  10. ^ Moser, Cassidee (12 January 2016). "Finding Paradise: Official To the Moon Sequel Announced". IGN. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  11. ^ a b "A Bird Story for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  12. ^ Barker, Andrew (15 November 2014). "RPGFan Review – A Bird Story". RPGFan. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  13. ^ Walker, John (24 November 2014). "Wot I Think: A Bird Story". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  14. ^ Wilde, Tyler (18 November 2014). "A Bird Story review". PC Gamer. Future plc. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  15. ^ Donlan, Christian (17 November 2014). "A Bird Story review". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 7 June 2016.

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