An experimental short from the creator of To the Moon: A simple & surreal 1-hour interactive animation about a boy and an injured bird, told without dialogues.
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Mostly Positive (207 reviews) - 79% of the 207 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,064 reviews) - 83% of the 4,064 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 7, 2014

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Reviews

“...a small, simple, but incredibly affecting story that showcases the power of the ability to encourage empathy through the most basic expressions of humanity and imagination.”
-Gamespot

“Genuinely funny and heartfelt moments take place throughout, all working seamlessly together to create a commentary on the importance of friendships and the pain inherent in letting go.”
-IGN

“I guess the music's nice-ish, but it sounds kinda ripped off from To the Moon...”
-Developer's Aunt

About This Game

Note: This is not To the Moon's sequel, but rather a small experimental project.
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From the creator of To the Moon: A simple, wordless 1-hour short about a boy who found an injured bird, told through a blur between reality and imagination.

A Bird Story is an interactive pixel animation with the sole purpose of telling a simple story. It is a standalone narrative, with its own beginning and ending.

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A word of caution from the devs: This is a rather polarizing game, particularly for fans of To the Moon. As a guarantee with all games from Freebird, there is a 100% personal (confidential) refund policy with no questions asked; even if it just isn't your cup of tea. Details here.
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Key Features

  • A story-driven experience with no dialogues
  • A mix between adventure game elements and classic RPG aesthetics
  • An original soundtrack tailored to the narrative
  • An espresso execution with no time drains

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: > Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 High Color +
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Usually runs on anything more than a baked potato.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 2400 or comparable
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Usually runs on anything more than a baked potato.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 2400 or comparable
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: This too usually runs on anything more than a baked potato; but one that you'd have to do the baking yourself and potentially tasting better afterwards.
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Balaam's ass
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Charming little story, but not really a game. Will take about an hour of your time, maybe longer, and indeed has no text at all outside of the credits.

Minor tear-jerker story, for those soft of heart.

Worth the watch-and-click at current sale price of $1.19.
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flatdarkmars
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
There's very little gameplay in this "game". You take 5 steps, press spacebar to interact with the obviously highlighted object, then lose control of your character and watch him do stuff for a minute. Eventually a pictogram of the arrow keys pops up to remind you to move your character 5 more steps and repeat the process. It's not a game, it's just a short, dull movie where you occasionally have to press a key to advance to the next scene.
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Kisse Mjölk
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game demonstrates perfectly that video games can be art. Impressive story, the interactions as they are given explore and expand the story. It is not just some arbitrary character's choices being made, I am driven to these choices by a world that must be.

Surreal in the best ways, everything advances the narrative, and at the end, right before the credits, I was in tears. I'm in tears just writing this review right now.

This is truly some of the best value I have ever spent my money on.
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Amber
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I loved this. Probably because I have a rescue bird myself, and my life from early childhood has been devoted to rescuing and recuperating animals. I can see my own little rescue bird in so much of this story. I don't know if someone at Freebird Games has rescued a bird but they've essentially nailed the experience.

The story is simple, touching, and beautifully illustrated. The music complements the two wonderfully, especially the night the kid fell asleep at his desk and woke up tired the next morning :D Very cute.

I would definitely suggest this to any fan of interactive stories, or even just good short stories in general.

As for the ratings, like so many interactive stories on Steam, it receives many unjust thumb down votes for "lack of game" when things of this nature were never really intended to be a "game" to begin with. If you are looking for a game with choices and loot, and other things full fledged games have, this is not the story for you.
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RM2.50™
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Games about bird.
You like bird?
I like bird...

This kid really love his bird.
10/10 would know the story.
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Chrisjuw
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Cute story for a kid maybe, except for the parts that are clearly fiction. Can be played within 1.5 hours. Another downside: you only receive 1 of 3 card drops in 2.5 hours...
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Laðy Laмвðaðelтa
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This isn't a game.
If you're looking for a game, this isn't for you.
If you're looking for a brief but sweet set of vignettes about a boy and his bird, you've come to the right place

Especially recommended for those who played and enjoyed To The Moon.
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Bright
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Began to feel the rhythm is slow, but, slowly, I like this story.
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Morgue
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Product received for free
This sort of "game" is the exact reason I wish steam had a thumbside neutral option for reviews.

First, let me make it clear that this isn't a game. I actually feel "visual novel" is the most accurate title - and it is literally VISUAL. There is no dialogue, which is actually a plus. The story is told through interaction, dream-like sequences, and visual metaphor. There are no choices for the player to make, absolutely nothing you can do to alter the story in any way. It is completely linear.

During the paper aeroplane sequence, some very important instruction was missing and I ended up flying around for a full twenty minutes before lucking into what I was supposed to do. Those twenty minutes felt a lot longer.

The music is pleasant, the story is a little cliché but charming nontheless, and the art is pretty. Yet I struggle to recommend this. The description is up-front about it only lasting an hour, and I emphasise that it is completely linear. If you think the screenshots look good and just want to enjoy being shown a short story in which you occasionally have to press a button, A Bird Story might be for you.

Just...buy it on sale.
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CoopDawgz
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Wow, this game floored me--I spent over half of it fighting back tears. A Bird Story, just like Kan Gao's previous game, To the Moon, is fantastic visual novel that uses its terrific musical score to create genuine emotion. This is an adorable story presented in a fresh way. Highly recommend.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
37 of 58 people (64%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Product received for free
In 1979 an interesting psychological experiment was concluded. 144 depressed and 144 non-depressed undergraduates were told to press some buttons and tell if it turned the light on. Most of the healthy subject were prone to overestimating their control, but the depressed ones were free from any positive bias and viewed the situation more realistically.
For some reason I remembered this study while “playing” the game. Even when you do have the controls, sometimes the character would just walk in the predestined direction no matter what you do, and most of the time the game just plays itself as the story unfolds wihout any input whatsoever. Depressive realism at its fullest.
The story itself is very simple, and as something that was designed to be a sad, imaginative and emotional journey is instead a clichéd tedium. I think one would appreciate such a tale when ~10 years old or so but a 10 year old would never have the patience to watch this (pretty boring!) scene unfold. So the target audience is virtually nonexistent.

Also, forget the bird, I would totally take the awesome badger!
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
A Bird Story is a beautiful story about a boy, who finds an injured bird.

Pro's:

- It's emotional. It hit me from the inside.
- It's more like an interactive movie.
- Not really expensive

Cons:

- There is just 1 achievement and no cards
- It's more like an interactive movie
- It's confusing when you can walk and when not.

Conclusion:
It's about your taste. I personally liked it but everyone has a different taste.

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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
For some reason it didn't touch me as "To the Moon" did.
Maybe I was expecting too much.
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I'm actually crying right now :steamsad:, 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This is more like an interactive movie than a game, but I really enjoyed this.
There are so many cute and emotional moments, the soundtrack in the background is wonderful and I really liked the idea behind the story. It works great without any dialogues and I didn't miss them at any time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Do play this little game if you like:
  • Dream-like atmospheres (reality and imagination blur the one into the other continuously)
  • Touching friendships such as the one between the Little Prince and the Fox

Do not play this game if you like:
  • Fast-paced plots

This is an adorable short story. It is quite simple and predictable, nonetheless it succeeds in entertaining its players. All you have to do is relaxing and enjoying this hour-long chicken-soup-for-the-soul. It will definitely warm your heart.

Thumbs up for the wordless narration

Have you ever enjoyed a sign language concert? You don't need sounds to feel the music: you can sense it. Likewise, this story allows you to feel the narrative without need to read it.

What could be improved?

This is a very cinematic game. The story is rather watched than played.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
A Bird Story is an RPG game made by Freebird Games the same developers who made the famous game To the moon.
This game is about a little child who helps an injured bird and the beautiful relationship born between them. i don't want to say more about the story to not spoil anything but i can tell you that it's so good and enjoyable just like what a relationship between a child and a pet should be, it's full of emotions and it has it's powerful moments.
The soundtrack is so beautiful and fits well to the game; it really adds so much to your experience by helping you enjoying the full emotional experience.
The graphics and Pixel Art are nice for this genre of games, and to be honest for an RPG Maker game it looks so great, and it has an easy achievement and some nice emoticons & backgrounds ..
Sadly, the game is short (about 1 to 2 hours long) and for this it may not look like it's worth its full price for some people but the devs have a 100% personal (confidential) refund policy so there is nothing to worry about
All in all, this game isn't for everyone but if you like this genre of games or want a touching story you totally should give it a try since you are not losing much. Final Score: 6.7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
What the author manages to create with such simple tools is really quite impressive. Simply put, it's a touching experience and worth the small entry fee.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
No words are spoken.
No dialogue is written.
The game is only 1hr long.

And yet this game creates and incredible, beautiful experience, an experience a tender soul would not easily forget.

Ever since I was aware of the idea of "gaming is art" I have looked for games that express an artistic creativity that most media sources would overlook. I would look for games that are unique, emotional, powerful, etc. Although I have found games that are definitely artistic, I have not played a game quite like A Bird Story.

We have all played games that try to combine some of the greatest techniques in both gameplay and narrative that gaming can offer, and yet overall, we dislike them. Oppositely, we have all played games that are incredible and beautiful as a whole, but broken down the game seems so simple. A bird Story is the latter of the two.

When I think about this game, the story is not earth-shattering, the characters are defined but do not have wildly unique personalities, the gameplay is simple and often just movie-like...

...but that is precisely what makes this game an incredible piece of art.

The orchestral music is sweeping and melodic, tailored to each part of the game. The characters simple personalities shine brightly with the others in the face of conflict and heartbreak. The gameplay allows the player to partake in the boy's own trials and revelations, adding to the immersion. The approach to storytelling without the use of words adds to the player's ability to interpret and experience without interruption. All of the parts, despite their seemingly simple nature, combine to create an amazing experience.

I highly recommend "A Bird Story" for everyone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
this is a nice little game,
that doesn't need any words,

literally,

the game is more like a future-character-story preview,
and nobody ever talks,but that makes it a bit more interesting,

because even if nobody talks, you still understand everything that is going on,
and the music only adds to the experience of the world within the game.
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