Annihilate an evil penguin regime in this cinematic platform adventure game offering full solo and co-op campaigns.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (697 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

    • 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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
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.


DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
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!
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
No fowl play here; it's well worth the cheapness. Good fun, great music.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 2
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Did not find it particularly entertaining. Cheap stiff combat, dumb puzzles, godawful voice acting for the parts that have it. I guess if you're into new world order's music then you'd like it more as they did the sound track but it is definetly not my cup of tea.
Posted: September 26
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2.7 hrs on record
Best game ever
Posted: September 27
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 14
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
This caught me off guard, was browsing for a low cost game and i must say that at the discount i bought it at it's a very refreshing puzzle/action game. love the look, love the game, it's hardboiled chicken, get it
Posted: April 28
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23 of 39 people (59%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 23
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
It's enjoyable enough, easy, not much/any challenge. You just kind of roll through it & the end is nigh.

A kiddies' version of Mark of the Ninja, except the gushing blood, & adult themes of cut-scenes preclude children from playing it.

Get Mark of the Ninja instead.
Posted: September 6
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
The game has quite a good amount of work put into the artwork as well as gameplay, while maintaing an average storyline. I personally feel the sounds used as well as choice of music is simply brilliant! I've found myself hearing it when not gaming quite often. I finished the game within 3 hours and feel that there is a good pace between the jetpack missions along with the standard shoot em'up style of gameplay. Some of the gameplay elements such as controlling the enemy through bots is quite ingenious and will make you think why is the AI making an infinite amount of penguins spawn on the door.

However, a couple of things did leave a sour taste in my mouth which can put off some buyers such as

> the missions are quite repetitive in terms of what to do. Find a keycard and unlock a door; not only does this get stale after a while, but some of the missions require puzzle solving skills (getting crates from around the mission, planning how to get them over eachother' which can turn away people wanting a pure run and gun game

> there is little variety between the guns. There are 3 weapon classes with only 2 weapons in each class, and two throwable weapons (ones that can allow you to control enemies and grenades) Considering the lenght of the game though, I do feel its quite justifiable.

Not really a complaint buy some people may not like the fact that the game is a windowed game.

If you can look past these quirks though you will find an intriguing game of killing penguins as a chicken with grenades and guns. I do feel though I should note that I got this game in a bundle, so I did not pay anything near full price for it, and this can impact the way I do feel about the game.

I hope this helps, and thanks for reading!
Posted: June 15
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Even though it is average and very easy side-scrolling action-platformer, this is a game you must try for other reasons. Graphics and cutscenes are great (something like a bloody version of Cartoon Network), music is awesome (just listen to the soundtrack), characters are hillarious (their personalities and comments they make through the game) and story is weirdly fun (totalitarian regime run by a penguin).
Overall, if you have three hours to spend and what to play a platformer, spend them on this game.
Posted: June 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
(I only finished the single player campagin)
This game had great potential to become a great indie game, but unfortunately the game is broken, it feels like a rushed product. Here are my reasons:
1. Unfriendly controls (I used a Xbox 360 controller)
2. Combat system is broken (The only trick to win gunfights is to shoot the enemy before they spam bullets at you)
3. turrets makes no sense ( Well, the moment you forget to dodge, you are instantly dead, which makes people feels unfair for unreasonable deaths)
4. Boss fight is frustrating and broken and BORING
5. There is no actual reason to switch to your pistol after getting the rifles /shotgun /machinegun (you can only burst fire the machine gun, seriously?) Most games have weapon swaping mechanic because each weapon has its own advantages but pistols have NO advantage in any aspect in comparison to the other weapons
6. Grenades does not fit in combat, i repeat, grenades does not work well in combat.

In my opinion the game does not worth 10 buck. And I will give it a 5/10 for being an incomplete game.
Posted: August 16
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 22
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Great side-scrolling sneak 'n shoot game, great music, great characters. That last boss is hard as balls though. Ba-Kawk!
Posted: September 8
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Humble bundle really came through with what I wanted; more co-op games that involve chickens. with guns
Posted: May 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
This is the beak of chicken gaming. I don't know feather to recombend it or not, hen-ce it fits best for cocky people. I find it eggcelent, it's just a winging concept for me.
Posted: July 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
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?

Posted: August 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
A excellent and unique game! It has phenomenal artwork and music! I recommend anyone to give this game a try even if you're not inclined for 2D games.
Posted: July 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 17
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