Annihilate an evil penguin regime in this cinematic platform adventure game offering full solo and co-op campaigns.
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Mostly Positive (12 reviews) - 75% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
143.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
i love this gamea lot thanks ratloop asia
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99 of 132 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2015
This is an excellent game for the right kind of person, maybe, but I am personally not feeling it. The thing I love most about Rocketbirds is its art. It LOOKS amazing. I love everything about not only the quality of the art, but the cartoony style. I also love the theme of chickens vs penguins. In a game culture where so many things are grimdark or the same old human space marines shooting the same old badguy marines and/or aliens and/or zombies, there is something refreshing about a change of wallpaper. And what great-looking wallpaper it is.

I also was interested in Rocketbirds because it looked like it had some action akin to a metroidvania or possibly something a little bit more contra style. I typically enjoy those types of games, so it seemed like a safe buy. But ultimately Rocketbirds just didn't satisfy me. Here are the turnoffs:

1) Movement feels sluggish and stiff, like driving a tank that also has to peel itself off the linoleum every time it stops and starts again.

2) Shooting is incredibly simple. You can either shoot straight ahead or you can crouch and shoot straight ahead. That's it. You can't change aim direction while shooting, though, and HB controls and moves slow. So one of this game's favorite things to do is have 2 to 4 penguins come running in from both sides of the screen and attack you from both sides. If you only shoot one way, you'll get shot in the back. Ostensibly what you want to do is quickly shoot back and forth to keep enemies on both sides staggered. However, if you are shooting right and want to shoot left, you have to release the trigger, turn HB around, then start shooting again. Since HB also controls/moves very slowly, this makes it very easy to get ganked in the most frustrating way.

3) The platforming feels very bad. The jumps are sluggish as the rest of HB's movements, for starters, but the other weird thing is that HB will auto-grab any ledges he jumps toward---and he will do it at a fairly far distance. This is great if you are actually trying to get up on that ledge, but if you don't want to auto-grab that ledge, then having him auto-grab it is annoying. The same goes for dropping over the edge of a ledge or precipice. If you are standing on an edge and press down, HB will automatically climb down that ledge. This is annoying in situations where you climb up onto a ledge, then an enemy runs on screen, and what you WANT to do is press down to crouch and shoot, but instead HB crawls down the ledge. Sigh.

4) Trying to line HB up with a buttons and switches can be awkward due to jerky movements. Likewise, there are also lots of light puzzles involving pushing crates around, but pushing the crates also feels awkward due to jerky movements. This is the "sticky" aspect of controlling HB. Because while on one hand he feels sluggish, he is also difficult when trying to make more fine/precise movements, because his movement/animation tends to "pop". When pushing crates, they don't just slide across the floor in a smooth, consistent motion. They jerk and lurch forward as you push them. When trying to make fine movements, such as to line HB up with a button, he will jerk to the left and right of the button.

5) There are different guns in the game, but it largely doesn't matter which gun you use. They all pretty much control the same, and for the vast majority of enemy encounters, one gun does not provide any advantage over another gun. There are power differences and rate of fire differences, but due to the way the combat works, it doesn't really change your tactics in any significant way.

6) You can use mind control on the penguin enemies to take over their minds and make them go shoot their friends, but they control exactly the same as HB (except in the rare case where you can mind control a bazooka penguins), so the gameplay doesn't feel different. This still makes for good puzzling, however.

I got frustrated once I got to one of the ships where you had to flip the self-destruct button and escape the ship in time. (Time challenges. Always thrilling.) I was struggling with the controls but eeking by up until that point, but at that point it was just asking for more than I was willing to fight the controls for.

Final Verdict: A beautiful looking game with a great heart, but the controls just don't feel very good, which brings the rest of the experience down.
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50 of 62 people (81%) 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 43 people (74%) 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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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.5 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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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2015
I picked this game up when it was under 3 dollars. It is well worth it at that price. Lots of fun and great soundtrack. The fact that its linux compatible and full controller support is great. Runs very well on ubuntu with a wired usb 360 controller. It isnt super short either. So you do get plently of game play hours out of it. Overall the game storyboard is well thought out and put together. It is a bit violent but kids over 8-10 should be fine playing. But use your own judgement. Every child is different. This game has not disappointed. I would recommend it at 9.99 but when on sale its a steal of a deal. I hope this helps anyone on the fence about getting it.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
It's not the most tight and complex sidescrolling shooter out there but it's one hell of a charming one. The music by New World Revolution is great and the visuals are amazing. The humor is ok, but it's present at least. There's some interest puzzle elements and they'll be the challenge for most of the game as combat is pretty easy and you'll get all healt and anmo back if you die and revert to a checkpoint. There's also a separate co-op campaign for two players though it uses almost the same environments it's decent to play once at least. It could be more polished but I look forward to that on a sequel.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2015
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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50 of 79 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
This is a short, run and gun platform game. Even at three hours, it overstays its welcome. The levels are all the same - climb around some buildings, press switches to call the elevators, oops can't go that way, must brainbug an enemy to press a button or something, go grab that crate, run back to where you were, finish the level, oh wait another building except this one is in the jungle instead of on an ice mountain. There are some occasional flying dog fight missions to break it up, but by the end (well much before that) I was ready for the game to be over (make it stop). The end is certainly anticlimactic since the main boss fight isn't even the main boss.

There are some collectables - red signs you must hit. However, there is only one in a level at a time. Once you hit one, another will show up. Usually, in a place where you have already gone. Backtrack some more for the fun of it? Yeah, I don't think so.
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
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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[Acumen] CaptN3mo
1.6 hrs
Posted: October 20
Captains Log, 20.10.2016
Setting sail for uncharted waters! Destination: Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken. The name is the game! You are Hardboiled, a rooster destined for greatness….wait. What? Yeah, right! You have to free the birds from the brutal penguin reign of terror! For real! Also contains jetpacks.

First look at the game:
also available as VOD on twitch
Hardboiled Chicken is a side scrolling action-platformer with light puzzle elements and heavy jetpack elements!
  • The game goes for some of the usual: You can pick up different weapons; you can climb and jump, hang on to ledges and first and foremost kill a lot of evil penguins.
  • But that is nearly it with the usual. Between missions in the campaign that take place on the ground (or underground) you have to get your jetpack on and go for some aerial combat awesomeness! That rocks!
  • Besides the usual mp, pistol shotgun routine you get a supply of “Brainbugs” that let you control penguins. And have them do your chores for you. Also lets you kill the mindcontrolled penguin by suicide. Not beautiful or heroic.
  • Did I mention jetpacks?! And there are some parts in the game where you have to move crates around or find a certain penguin to press a button you cannot yet reach. Not the best moments of the game. But let´s focus on the more important JETPACK part, alright?

Look and feel and sound:
Hardboiled Chicken comes with a nice soundtrack, very good looking environment and solid controls. It seems at times a bit weird how the pistol fires, jumping can be a bit difficult to aim. But in all honesty: It is just damn fun to play this game. Also, just to briefly mention it: It is totally weird and a bit insane at times. But that is fun too! The puzzle parts do feel like a distraction and don´t fit in as well as all the other ideas in this game.

Captains Orders:
If you got a co-op buddy this game will really shine, as a single-player game it is good fun for in-between. I would say grab it when it´s on sale for 5 to 10 € and go for it.

Cargo! Will just put it in once in a while to jetpack around a bit or get a friend to play it with me. That’s just a fun little game! No more, no less.

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Clark Kent
1.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 19
The beeeeeeest bird based co-op side scrolling shooter game you will ever play.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 16
not for my kind.
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[2o2p] OrDaned
5.4 hrs
Posted: October 14
I received this game as part of a Humble Bundle a while back, and while I'm not a big fan of platformers, it did have an odd appeal. It feels a bit rough around the edges; the combat is basic and never particularly challanging, the voice acting is a bit hit and miss, the tone feels a bit uneven, and I was left with a lot of questions about the story. (Why birds?) That said, the game strikes me as a labor of love, something put together by a small team that was passionate about their work. The soundtrack is also excellent.

I had fun with the game, but there are probably other platformers where your time might be better spent.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: October 11
would play the coop campaign again.

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5.2 hrs
Posted: October 5
So recently Ernest for Battleborn came out, i wanted some specific story line for him.
Then i bought Rocketbirds: Hardboiled chicken.


now i need someone to play the co-op! :D

excellent game, good impression on dictatorships, a bit of humor and wellp, time for some jetpaction!

completed the game on normal in about 5 hours. (solo)
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4.0 hrs
Posted: September 19
Fantastic game. Music is awesome. Story and play style are great!
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