Bold and offensive in all the best ways, Rocketbirds has more personality than just about any other game of its kind. As unexpectedly serious in tone as the story is, what's even more surprising is how well it comes together. I genuinely began to empathize with our hero's plight to free his country from the oppressive reign of the Penguins, which is no small feat for a game starring a machinegun toting chicken. The stilted, self aware voice acting and dialog add a darkly humorous overtone onto this which when taken in tandem is a completely unique and entertaining narrative that outdoes the straightforward tale underneath.
Gameplay is a side-scrolling shooter stripped to its bare fundamentals, involving little more than rolling from room to room guns blazing and shooting anyone dumb enough to try and stop you. Interspersed are a few sections strapping you into a jetpack for aerial combat, but for the most part the developer chose to keep things simple and uncomplicated, which I think the game is better off for. My only complaint are the somewhat stiff and clunky controls, whether using KB&M or a gamepad (though I would definitely advise using the later if you have the option). You can only shoot directly in front of you, but switching directions takes a split second too long and allows for a bunch of cheap shots from enemies, and can get you into some tight spots during later levels. I did get a hang of them eventually, but they could certainly be improved.
But cumbersome controls are in no way able to bring the game down. The art style which places animated 2D character models against realistic, slightly offset 3D backgrounds is brilliant, and the kickbutt soundtrack is impeccable to say the least. Despite being extremely brief the campaign is exciting and full of action, with solid (though entirely habitual) gameplay and a creative, excellently constructed presentation that sets it apart from the rest. More than anything else though Rocketbirds is simply very, very cool and an adventure well worth taking.
Pubblicata: 11 Ottobre 2013