Annihilate an evil penguin regime in this cinematic platform adventure game offering full solo and co-op campaigns.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (827 reviews)
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
26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
I love this game. This gem was clearly inspired by Rolling Thunder, with a bit of Astroid (old arcade game from the 80's) inspired segments thrown in. I can't say too many harsh things about it, but its really a great game in my personal opinion. The game is a bit short, but being im not a fan of excessively long games, the shortness of the game is much welcome. The soundtrack is also outstanding. The sounds of indie rock music that plays between cut scenes and gameplay is welcome and wonderfully fits the game's mood. The run and gun game play is also just as satisfying. I would recommend this game to anyone who are into old school run and gun games like rolling thunder and, hell even dirty harry for the NES. This is definitely a worthy purchase for future buyers.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
+ short, funny and cool
+ concise and clear story
+ none useless game mechanisms or things
+ original iconic enemies
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
I originally got this game in a bundle, and was intending to trade it away because I didn't want it in my backlog. On a random whim, I decided to try it as a filler game, and was very surprised with the quality of what I played.

If you like fairly casual, side-scrolling action, and pump-you-up music, then you will enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are quite good - the detail in the environment and characters is well-done, and the art-style pops out nicely. The music is very good if you don't mind rock-style - the cutscenes pump you up, and the story is decent (and comical at times).

The controls are very basic and easy to pick up. The tutorials are quick and helpful, instructing you on new game mechanics as they are introduced. The learning curve is minimal, however, the most difficult part of the game is probably timing your attacks, as you can get swarmed from both the left and right sides at any time. Because you (and your enemies) can air juggle with attacks (popping a character up and stun-locking them with bullet fire), if you let even a single enemy get a shot on you, you can quickly find yourself in a dangerous situation. Choosing both the appropriate weapon and timing your attacks will ensure your survival.

Gameplay is very linear, however, there are parts where you are required to backtrack a bit. Many of the "puzzles" require you to collect various colored keycards and/or push and pull crates to allow you to reach higher ledges. There are collectibles in the form of signs that you can reach for extra achievements - some of which take extra effort and intuition to find.

Some of the weapons you will find as you progress include a submachine gun and a shotgun. The submachine gun is fantastic for juggling opponents, but does very little damage. While the shotgun is deadly at close range, it is an ammo-eating monster, and can cause you to get overwhelmed if you are attack from the opposite side (as its bullets cannot reach an enemy on the opposite end of the screen). Health and ammo crates are usually common throughout the level, and enemies seem to always drop a small amount of ammo. Ammunition is shared among all weapons, and you do not have to reload, ensuring that action is constant and rapid.

Later, you unlock a mind-control grenade that allows you to take over enemies, which is essential for continuing the game in many levels. Whenever you take control of an enemy, the script they go through is very comical. Sometimes, I use this weapon just for fun, and to watch the same script over and over again.

Overall, the game can be a lot of mindless fun, will be enjoyed by 2D-platformer enthusiasts. A good game for casual, time-filling gameplay.


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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
An Action 2D Side Scrolling game. Oh yeah add "Shooter" since your main weapon are only guns/rifles.
This game is pretty good, but I can't point out any amazing aspect out of it.
The gameplay, graphics, story and voice are all Mediocre (not bad but also not good).
I like the soundtrack though, it's from indie rock band "New World Revolution"

The good news is it has a multiplayer option for both local co-op and internet co-op.
It really is a fun game to play with your friends.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
I really enjoyed this game. It had great pacing, humor and gameplay. I don't know why but I loved the awkward silences, anyway, great game and fun all the way through. 8/10.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Funny and entertaining game
Really funny game, enjoyed it. Sometimes the traps were a bit unfair, but play it on normal and it should be fine.

Not really innovative and not many new things, but very entertaining background story, awesome soundtrack, nice 2.5D graphics and funny characters.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is a surprisingly good game, a side view platformer shooter with fun puzzle elements and a fun co-op. With some hard to get and challenging achievement and collectibles, this is a game I reccomend looking for a fun game to waste some hours on. That said, Time you enjoy wasting is not time wated.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
This is by no means a perfect game. It reminded me a little bit of Blackthorne. and I mean reminded. Its not at all Blackthorne, it tries very hard to be a good original game, but fails halfway there. Its still enjoyable to play. I liked the cheesy/corny one liners (if you can even call them that) and the gameplay was at least decent. Just a reminder to people out there, if you play this game, make sure you play on hard, because normal is way too easy!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
I purchased a bundle specifically for this game but it is so much better than I expected. Even at $10 it is definately worth it.

Great side stroller, a lot of fun. Doesn't feel like a chore like so many others I played recently
Great soundtrack.
Love the look, with so many pixelated games out there it is refreshing to see a game that looks good for a change.
I like the back story.

Some issues with jumping controls, not clunky at all but not perfect, but then platformers where never my strong suit.
Sound dropped at the beginning of chapter 5 only to return after cut scene.
None of my friends have a copy yet, will have to get them one so I can play co-op!

I recommed a controller, it's a lot more fun than a keyboard.
Looking forward to other games by this developer
Like platformers? Get a copy you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
This game impresses me by It's surprising detail to graphics for a 2-d scroller, as well as the smooth animations along with the gameplay. Although the campaign is quite short, I'd say it's worth playing if you got the money and wanting to try something new. The Co-Op campaign Isn't too bad either, It's worth trying If you're seeking a new game to try.
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15 of 29 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
All the stuff it does right (good art, original premise, some fun sections) is negated by its broken combat system, which often puts you in unwinnable scenarios by no fault of your own. There's no Easy mode available outright, which means there's no options for mitigating that. As much as I'd like to say it's worth it to try it out at least, I can't, unless you got it extra cheap, for free or in some bundle.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
I watched a film called "Birdemic", I thought I could never see anything which could rival its beauty of birds... I was wrong
This game captivates the true essence of birds and bird things. It has symbolism in this game which will make you think about your life in a whole new way. I don’t want to spoil anything but it boils a chicken which are not meant to be boiled. HENSE THE NAME.
Would I tell people to buy this game?

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Excellent music, story and gameplay.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
wot can i say the chicken is getting it big time with a big machine gun lol...................................
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Wasnt expecting much from this because it just reminds me of food but it was a pleasant surprise! Gameplay is simple and easy. Best for wasting time, really. Also there are chickens. The story is cute but thankfully not long. Get it if you want a relaxing platformer.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
I really wanted to like this game, but half an hour into it and I'm just done.. it rubs me in all the wrong ways.

Allow me to enumerate my grievances.

First- the music is terrible. Think of the worst prog rock crap you heard in the mid 90's and then layer random chicken and gun sound effects over it. Okay sure, that's mean- and subjective. But what isn't subjective is the fact that it's repetetive as hell! And not just in a "this type of music uses four chords and repeats the same crap over and over again", but the actual system that delivers the music seems to be somewhat broken- often restarting the music for doing simple things like pausing or walking through a doorway. If the music didn't have vocals, it'd be instantly less annoying- but it'd also have the beneficial side effect of masking the fact that it restarts ALL THE TIME. Okay, so you can turn the music off- let's forgive them this point and move on, shall we?

Next, the art. The chickens themselves are actually well designed and interesting- I'll be honest, they're one of the main reasons I flushed $5 down the drain on this one. The hand-drawn look is somewhat unique and appealing- but slap it on some poorly rendered quasi-3D backgrounds that look like something out of a late 90's PSX game and it sucks the life right out of it. But as we all know, fancy art does not a good game make- so again, let's forgive them this point and move on.

Gameplay. So much potential.. This seems like one of those ideas that was designed on paper and then executed from start to finish without any usability testing or gameplay prototyping.. none of that 'find the fun' stuff- because it's just not fun. At the end of the day, that's what kills this game for me and it's tragic because it really does have a lot of potential. Imagine playing contra where your dude took up half the screen, moved at a snails pace, rolled at the slightest touch of a button. Now imagine playing that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ized game, only allow shooting left or right, and make it so you waste tons of ammo juggling dead bodies against the edge of a screen while trying to get the guy who's behind the guy you just killed.

The one redeeming part of the gameplay were the jetpack segments of the game, which plays a bit like MiniSquadron if you've ever played that. HOWEVER- they manage to donk that up too by constantly changing the focal point of the camera to parts of the sky that your dude isn't even in! So you're controlling a flying chicken completely blind while the game spawns more AI into the field- by the time the camera pulls back you waste time trying to find yourself and orient so you can take on the new enemies. When AI flies offscreen there's no offscreen indicators that hint at where they might be coming from.. so you just fly around hoping to cross paths with them (meanwhile the AI knows exactly where you are at all times).

I'm not even going to get into the poorly balanced weapons and ammo system, or the infuriating juggle/stun system.

So I can safely recommend that you stay clear of this one, unless A) you're morbidly curious, and B) it's sufficiently discounted.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Great side-scrolling sneak 'n shoot game, great music, great characters. That last boss is hard as balls though. Ba-Kawk!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
It's like Duke Nukem but with ♥♥♥♥
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41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game might look ridiculous, but I assure you, it is not. This is a gritty story about guerilla warfare and an oppressive regime. While the story is good, the gameplay is even better. Sure, it takes around ten bullets to take down the standard enemies, but this is more than made up for by the ability to "bullet juggle" enemies by shooting them continuously. This game also has some interesting and original mechanics that spice up gameplay, but to tell you about them would spoil the story. Suffice to say, this game, while being a shooter/action game at heart, also has puzzles every once in a while as a break from the action.

I guess that is what I like so much about this game, that it tells a rather messed up story using irony and moments of hilarity to minimize the effect. Some of these moments may be unintentional (I personally like to roll like a tumbleweed throughout the levels), but some, like the title of the game and the snippets of dialogue scattered throughout, are well thought out.

Verdict: 10/10 Because I honestly don't have anything bad to say about this game. I had a lot of fun playing it and everything works well together.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
This game. This game here. This is one of those games where you see it, and you ignore it, because it just has that look to it, that its gonna be a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game that belongs nowhere other than a bundle, and you only activate it just to add a +1 to your library. BUT... no.... no no no no no...

This game is ridiculously fun. The art style is cool, the controls are nice and tight and work well, the sounds are high quality, the music is great, and the humor is so corny you have to laugh. REALLY enjoyed what ive played so far, definitely going to be coming back for more, im loving it. It's not some super hard platformer or side scroller shoot em up. It's a mindless game with mindless shooting just like it appears to be, but its done in a way that makes it highly enjoyable.
First i was just running through the levels shooting up the penguin enemies. Then i got to a part where i found my jetpack. It shoots me up in the ait, and theres a huge Zeppelin that's spitting out penguins with jetpacks and we're twirling around in the air having dogfights. Was a lot of fun. I'm only two or three levels into the game and can already tell its a keeper. Even if nothing changes and this same gameplay repeats itself, its still a great game.
I would definitely reccomend this to anyone who likes side scrollerr shooters even in the slightest. I can't wait to hook up with someone to play some co-op with. I imagine it would be lots of laughs.
As far as pricing, i definitely would not want to pay the full $9.99 for it, it's a great game. But it's not $9.99 great. If you can manage to get your hands on an old bundle code, or you catch it on a sale here through Steam, or elswhere like Amazon or GMG, grab it. $5.00 would be a fair price for it with ease.

on a scale of 1 to 10 i give this a solid 9.
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