Annihilate an evil penguin regime in this cinematic platform adventure game offering full solo and co-op campaigns.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,170 reviews) - 80% of the 1,170 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 15, 2012

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“Rocketbirds does everything well...”
8.5/10 – Destructoid

“Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is a blast to play. A title with a silly premise, satisfying action, plenty of content (15 solo chapters and 10 co-op) and a first rate game presentation is hard not to cluck about.”
9/10 – GamePro

“This brilliant follow on from the browser based game Rocketbirds: Revolution! Is truly one of the best side scrolling platform games I’ve played in a long time.”
– 5/5 N3rdabl3

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About This Game

Annihilate an evil penguin regime in this cinematic platform adventure game offering full solo and co-op campaigns.

Set out on a mission to assassinate the totalitarian penguin leader as Hardboiled Chicken. Destroy enemies with a slew of weapons and illuminate the secrets to his past while uncovering the real enemies of Albatropolis. Master fowl play in the co-op campaign as a pair of Budgie commandos on a mission to save the general's daughter. Many lives will be destroyed, countless penguins will die!

Key Features

  • Complete Solo Campaign - 15 chapters, variety of weapons and puzzles

  • Complete Co-Op Campaign - 10 chapters, 6 Budgie commando characters

  • Mini-stories – Uncover the truth about the totalitarian regime and Hardboiled's mysterious past through unlockable cut-scenes and music videos.

  • Exclusive Music – Gameplay, cut-scenes and videos set to exclusive tracks from indie rock band New World Revolution

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:Dual Core with 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB RAM graphics card (GF 7600 GT / Radeon X1950)
    • DirectX®:9.0oc
    • Hard Drive:At least 501 MB of free space
    • Additional:Official Microsoft XBox 360 Controllers are supported.
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB graphics card (ATi HD 3870 / Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT)
    • OS: OS 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB with Open GL 2.1
    • Disk: 550 MB
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Libraries: glibc 2.7+ with 32 bit compatibility on 64 bit machines
    • Graphics: 256 MB with Open GL 2.1
    • Disk: 550 MB
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This game? Well it reminds me of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee but with weapons. I mean, with a price like 10 USD its actually worth it!

It's not a typical 2D side scrolling shooter but rather adds tactics & puzzles that tests your wit! i mean, they're not that hard to solve and the storyline kept me going just to know more about what's going to happen next.

A 2D action adventure game with some good story playing as a a bird killing other birds who went rouge from a society who turned him into a monster of their own.

pretty nice.

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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Awesome soundtrack!!!

Stuck in the main menu for 30 min

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I would only catch it on sale cheap because it is very short, around 3-4 hours, and no reason to play through twice. One of the better indie games I have ever played though, however short it is. Well worth the dollar fifty I spent on it. The music is pretty awesome too.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Very funny 2D shooter with flaws

- Very well designed Penguin and Chicken characters
- Cute and humorous dialogue
- Good story balance between humor, action and justice
- Good designed puzzle in level
- Very forgiving difficulty
- Music and song are charming
- Enough hints for puzzle solving but still needs some thinking

- Too short! I really wants more story! (even by DLC)
- Rolling action sometimes create chaos in group battle
- Different guns in same category didn't feel the different. e.g. MP5 spec is exactly the same as AK47
- Grenade is very limited functioning
- Jumping is slow and weird
- In Rocket scene all characters are zoomed too small to find and follow

Score: 7/10 (8/10 if pick up in sales)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I wasn't expecting a masterpiece - just a few hours of fun - but it didn't take long to realize that this game would be disappointing.

Immediately from the main menu, there's music that doesn't really create OR fit a mood, and when I ventured into the options menu I found practically nothing but a list of resolutions. My Xbox 360 controller worked on the menu, but input failed to register once I entered the game. I won't make it that big of a deal, however, since I'm fine with keyboard and mouse. The gameplay itself is much more of a cause for worry.

The fist thing you notice is that jumping is stiff, like the infamous Castlevania jump: you can't change direction in midair. There's also a painfully slow windup time and hang time for each jump, making platforming a pain and breaking the flow of transitioning from run to jump. You can grab onto ledges and pull yourself up, which would be kinda cool if the game didn't completely depend on this SINGLE MECHANIC for 100% of platforming from start to finish. Every time I jump or pull myself up I sigh at how slow it takes. But hey, you might wonder, isn't the game also focused on combat? That should be a nice refresher. Well, guess again.

Rocketbirds has a ridiculously shallow form of combat. You shoot directly forward, or you crouch and shoot directly forward. You can't change direction while shooting, so you have to stop shooting and turn around if enemies appear on either side of you. The different weapons seem to be there simply for necessity rather than variety, because the only difference between weapons is the amount of time it takes to kill the enemy. You can throw grenades, but it breaks the flow of the game with its clunky behavior and no way to tell where exactly your mouse is aiming so that you can affect the projected trajectory. There's also the ability to take temporary control of an enemy instead of Hardboiled Chicken, but that feature is COMPLETELY POINTLESS because gameplay doesn't really change at all.

There are cutscenes, but they're awful, especially the voice acting. The game also tries to be kinda funny, but I had to double take to make sure that certain lines were ridiculously pathetic attempts at humor. Anything I actually like about this game? Well, the artstyle isn't too bad; I kinda like it. There's also a section early in the game that works like a 2D dogfight minigame which I definitely enjoyed, but the rest of the game is just boring, even painful, to play.

TL;DR: Rocketbirds brings nothing new to the action platformer, while also managing to ruin the basics of the genre.
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