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.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (152 reviews) - 81% of the 152 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,002 reviews) - 84% of the 4,002 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

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.

*Note: This is /not/ To the Moon 2, and is an experimental project that plays differently from To the Moon and its series (e.g. ep. 2. Finding Paradise).

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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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Very Positive (152 reviews)
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Paxseko
( 15.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Saccharin story would have been good enough being that I, too, have a special connection with birds, but I couldn't suspend my disbelief because I KNOW HOW MUCH DEFACATION would be in that boy's backpack, room, and balcony!
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Ribbonquest
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A Bird Story is an independent art film rendered in pixel art with some audience participation. The audience has no real impact on the story but I don't think it would be as emmersive without the gameplay elements.

If you were a kid who liked nature or have a kid who likes nature, this is a nice cup of nostalgia or sentimentality. However I don't think a current kid-who-likes-nature would appreciate it much. At least go through it yourself first and decide.
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houseoflego
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game stands as a shining example of how an amazing and thought provoking story can be told without dialogue.

I played this game completely blind, and I think that everyone should do the same. I think that the story could be spoiled very easily, and I urge anyone reading this who hasn't played the game to stop reading and play it now.

With that being said, the rest of this review contains spoilers. You have been warned.

This game is something else. It made me smile, made me laugh, even left me with a tear in my eye. It is without question, the most unique RPG I have ever played. The story is simple, a simple tale of a boy taking care of an injured bird. But it is effective. This is the kind of game that cannot be expressed easily in words, somewhat ironic considering the main premise of no dialogue.

The graphics are jaw droppingly gorgeous. A mix of rough '16-bit' styled sprites and smooth, pastel backgrounds. The contrast lends itself to the story, as becomes apparent later on.

The music is stellar. A mix of classical music that is decisive in conveying emotion, and is essential in the story. It is like many other things in the game: Minimalistic. It is also amazing on its own, I find myself listening to the soundtrack often.

I think the length of the game could put many people off, but it can do some much in so little time. It is a trait of many good RPGs. The immersiveness of the game more than makes up for it, and I'd happily play again.

And there is a remix of the 'Benny Hill Theme'. If that doesn't sell this to you, I'm not sure what will.

Truly an amazing RPG, I wish the developer good luck in their upcoming game.
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RM2.50™
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Game about bird and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.

7.5/10.
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neferet
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A Bird Story has appealing graphics and amazing sound, but these are pretty much the only good things about it.
The story is really short, kind of shallow and at times confusing, and failed to touch me; I could in no way describe this experience as "story rich". The lack of control over the events is annoying and I wondered why they even bothered allowing the "player" to have any input at all. "Here, you can move the boy, but if you want to go right we'll take the controls from you and you'll go left, because that's the correct direction". You can't explore the world, you can't get deeper into the story, you can't make any decisions. You're stuck watching this pixel boy go around his half-real, half-fantasy world for about an hour and that's it. And he isn't even an appealing character...
If you're into this type of "games" and see A Bird Story discounted, get it, but don't expect too much.
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Swiskon
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is a cute and childlishly funny story where you're not very active. This is not bad however. The story is good and is told great through a childs mind, like a nostalgiafilterd memory. The music is simple but right for the mood and the creativity if just lovely.

I highliy recommend spending the hour too play this. If they make another similar game, will I play it? No. For me it was a one time experience. A lovely one though.
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Seng Tsan
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Good, but somewhat flat.

I really liked the music, the story and the excellent pixel art; however, I was disappointed by the experience as a whole.

I am a big fan of To The Moon, and was hoping for an experience that was as delightful as that, but this felt a bit lifeless. My guess is the lack of dialogue was a big factor and as was the absence of the wonderful humour. Still, I don't regret playing this through and would recommend this to fans of To The Moon, albeit tentatively.

Looking forward to Freebird's next full release, complete with dialogue and sharp humour. I know they will knock it out of the park.
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BeckyNerd
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Sound track is amazing! More of a movie than a game. The controls are kind of clunky using a XBOX 360 pad. Great story, could do with being more interactive though.
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snay
( 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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shane_of_2d
( 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
22 of 29 people (76%) 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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16 of 20 people (80%) 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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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Such a nice game. Very lovely story.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
Best story, best not to cry :'(

10/10 for this game
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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
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
A Bird Story has appealing graphics and amazing sound, but these are pretty much the only good things about it.
The story is really short, kind of shallow and at times confusing, and failed to touch me; I could in no way describe this experience as "story rich". The lack of control over the events is annoying and I wondered why they even bothered allowing the "player" to have any input at all. "Here, you can move the boy, but if you want to go right we'll take the controls from you and you'll go left, because that's the correct direction". You can't explore the world, you can't get deeper into the story, you can't make any decisions. You're stuck watching this pixel boy go around his half-real, half-fantasy world for about an hour and that's it. And he isn't even an appealing character...
If you're into this type of "games" and see A Bird Story discounted, get it, but don't expect too much.
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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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