Annihilate an evil penguin regime in this cinematic platform adventure game offering full solo and co-op campaigns.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (29 reviews) - 68% of the 29 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (1,539 reviews) - 79% of the 1,539 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 15, 2012

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Reviews

“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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB graphics card (ATi HD 3870 / Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT)
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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Mixed (29 reviews)
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SpyBait
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
10/10 I love this game, I could play it for hours, the art and soundtrack are great and it has great humor definitly recomend it.
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null
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I see a lot of people complaining about the controls and the gameplay, and I do not understand why.

You will play a badass chicken killing penguins. Wow ! A chicken killing penguins. Ok ?!
What do you want more ?
You want to hack ennemies' mind ? Ok, you have !
You want co-op levels ? Fine, here it is !
You want a fun story ? Hey ! Ok but stop asking me !

Yes, this game is a bit reppetitive and the puzzles are not very hard, but wait... it is fun.
Yes, the story is not really well explained, and maybe a tutorial is missing at startup, but wait... the levels are great.

Cool stuff :
* Music is awesome
* Dialogs are hilarious
* Levels are beautiful
* You are a chicken

Not really bad stuff :
* Level are really easy at first
* Controls can be surprising, especially in the air
* You do not have a lot of different guns
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madsny
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Rocketbirds, a great looking platformer that never delivers on it's promise.
The scene is set, one badass chicken is ready for a fight, everything points towards action action and action, but immediately after dropping into the game, im left with a question "what are my suppose to do here and why?", the game fails to explain this to me and it feels like im just running around, level after level only to progress to the next, cut scenes are slow, doll and confusing, like watching an animation created by students, voice over seems to be done by one guy, it's slow and boring, if the point is to kill the sense of ACTION it's a success.

this would not bother me so much if the gameplay were spot on, but sadly i found it tedious, repetitive and boring, controls seems heavy and lack the responsiveness we see in titles like super meat boy and Broforce. Levels are hard to read, "is that a platform i can jump to or not!", everything in the scene blends together, making it hard to distinguish where to go and why, one time i found myself running above the entire level, as far as i understand i was suppose to do so, but it felt wrong and misplaced.

weapons and enemies are so so, enemies are lacking an healthbar making it very hard to judge how many bullets it takes to kill him, there's no indication of how far your weapon reaches, a simple smoke trail would have helped a great deal, only indication that an enemy is dead is the dropping of bullets, and a weapon you can't pickup?, if you like bullet sponges with no indications this is for you.

despite all this, graphics is really great, the parallax scrolling effect works well, there's a great sense of depth in the scenes, lightning is great, character animations are great and i did enjoy the flying scene quite a bit. I do think this games deserves a thumbs up, it does have a qualifying production value, but i felt bored playing the game and could not be bothered finishing it, i may pick it up again another day, but until then it's a thumbs down for me.
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gazorpazorp
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Nice art style but nearly unplayable due to mushy controls. Don't buy at full price.
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Juppe
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Its just shooty bang bang pew with no story in the gameplay.
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Link
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This is almost a good game; it has decent controls, music, graphics, humor and the elements to make it a good game.

But it doesn't utilize those elements, you can hide in the shadows for example but it's pointless. There are no stealth kills, hard puzzles or platforming.

You can shoot in a straight line while rolling around at penguins also rolling around and shooting in a straight line, no altering the angle up or down and melee attacks seem to just stun. I'm not sure because I give up after about 10 hits and the bird just rolls away from me and starts shooting in a straight line. Until I easily kill it with a weapon.

On some levels you can fly a jet pack that accelerates extremely fast and shoot in a straight line with a fast strong gun that you don't use on the ground for some reason.

I feel slightly bad not recommending this game even at the sale price of $1:50. It has so much potential to make it fun or at least some variation.

In then end though you will just end up shooting in a straight line using only the left mouse button and space bar, probably getting bored 20 minutes into it. This game seems like it would be good for someone who's hands got crippled in an accident, although some acts like moving a box (Shift + L) may cause difficulty to for progression of rolling around and shooting in a straight line since you can't rebind the controls.
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PoisonIvey
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
The flying just doesn't work
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Esoteric Wombat
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Grabbed from a bundle for co-op fun. Totally not worth it. Style and silly story are a plus, but gameplay is nonexistent.
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Phantom
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
While not a bad game, there is just nothing to make me want to play it. I beat the game despite this & found parts of it to be quite tedious. This is especially evident in some of the "puzzles".
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BrutolMotent
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is a brainless linear game with clunky and slow controls. Moving your character around feels sluggish and painful. The combat is lackluster, the player has no control in shooting direction besides left or right - all you have to do is hold down your fire button and once the enemy has been defeated you rinse and repeat in the next area. The art and the terrain are very odd, at times it's difficult to differentiate what is a ledge or an obstacle with the 2D/3D graphics, they should of just picked the game to either be full 2D or 3D. The levels are linear, you have to collect a key card before you can open a gate; rinse and repeat every single level. Lastly, how the heck have the game devs not fix the bug where the chapter 5 to 6 cutscene's sound/music cutout after a couple of seconds? The story is forgettable and so is the game with its one dimensional and limited gameplay.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is a brainless linear game with clunky and slow controls. Moving your character around feels sluggish and painful. The combat is lackluster, the player has no control in shooting direction besides left or right - all you have to do is hold down your fire button and once the enemy has been defeated you rinse and repeat in the next area. The art and the terrain are very odd, at times it's difficult to differentiate what is a ledge or an obstacle with the 2D/3D graphics, they should of just picked the game to either be full 2D or 3D. The levels are linear, you have to collect a key card before you can open a gate; rinse and repeat every single level. Lastly, how the heck have the game devs not fix the bug where the chapter 5 to 6 cutscene's sound/music cutout after a couple of seconds? The story is forgettable and so is the game with its one dimensional and limited gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Its just shooty bang bang pew with no story in the gameplay.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This is almost a good game; it has decent controls, music, graphics, humor and the elements to make it a good game.

But it doesn't utilize those elements, you can hide in the shadows for example but it's pointless. There are no stealth kills, hard puzzles or platforming.

You can shoot in a straight line while rolling around at penguins also rolling around and shooting in a straight line, no altering the angle up or down and melee attacks seem to just stun. I'm not sure because I give up after about 10 hits and the bird just rolls away from me and starts shooting in a straight line. Until I easily kill it with a weapon.

On some levels you can fly a jet pack that accelerates extremely fast and shoot in a straight line with a fast strong gun that you don't use on the ground for some reason.

I feel slightly bad not recommending this game even at the sale price of $1:50. It has so much potential to make it fun or at least some variation.

In then end though you will just end up shooting in a straight line using only the left mouse button and space bar, probably getting bored 20 minutes into it. This game seems like it would be good for someone who's hands got crippled in an accident, although some acts like moving a box (Shift + L) may cause difficulty to for progression of rolling around and shooting in a straight line since you can't rebind the controls.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
While not a bad game, there is just nothing to make me want to play it. I beat the game despite this & found parts of it to be quite tedious. This is especially evident in some of the "puzzles".
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
The flying just doesn't work
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Grabbed from a bundle for co-op fun. Totally not worth it. Style and silly story are a plus, but gameplay is nonexistent.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Great style, but otherwise forgettable plot and game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
47 of 57 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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74 of 103 people (72%) 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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35 of 47 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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