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:
Recent:
Mostly Positive (87 reviews) - 78% of the 87 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (4,287 reviews) - 83% of the 4,287 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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Mostly Positive (87 reviews)
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Very Positive (4,287 reviews)
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Savitas Vitae
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
Oyun 2. Bölüm için ön sunum yapıyor. 1.5 saatte bitti. Yalnız Steam kartları düşürmek için min 2 saat oynamak gerekiyor. Ee şimdi yeniden mi başlayacağız ??? İlk oyun olsa oynanır ancak bu oyunda hiç konuşma yok.
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E.M.P.-ERROR
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
-1,5 hours long
-just a boy, his bird and a bunch of shadows
-no word spoken

still a better lovestory than Twillight
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Slayandra
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
a short, touchy story that totally lives without words, carried by the rich soundtrack. I really love it.
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Danny
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Play it if you have the time to kill......
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[N]WollSmoth
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Wow. Absolutly amazing. Easily the best game I have played. It's just one of those games where you let out some tears.
Fabulous story- Tells the very feeling the characters are experenicing.
Very sad- About half way in I started crying xD. The ending made me just tear up xD.
Developers- Did a great job, rich story, bringing out your emotions. Let me just say they did everything fantastic.

I 100% recommend this game. It is a small game but, they made me cry in 40 minutes of gameplay, not 6 hours of it. Get the game!

Final rating: 10/10.
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marius
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
Cool story bro
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WyanDanch
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
Yep this game got my Thumbs up!

Pros: The soundtrack (+++)
A touching story
Easy achievement
Beautiful art visual

Cons:Very short game ( 1h or so )
Little gameplay
Slow Pace
A bit expensive for what it is ( 4,50 )

I suggest you pick up that game when it's in sale!
And Yes the soundtrack totally worth it!
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marcin.b.
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
A Boredom Simulator would be more fitting title. Yes I have only played 19 minutes of this game and it was enough to make up my mind. One doesn't need to eat tbe entire meal to know it's undercooked and tastes like ♥♥♥♥.

It has all the amateurish features most RPG Maker games have. Boring tile-based level design, poor low res SEGA Genesis-style graphics, agonizingly slow camera pans, fade ins and fade outs that take forever and so on.

I may be mistaken but I think an author tried to convey the feeling of loneliness and maybe to some extent alienation that all kids experience sometimes. If so, then I'm afraid he either wasn't qualified enough to fully express himself or chose the wrong engine. RPG Maker seems to be a simple tool, but it's just too restricting, especially for projects which are more ambitious than your regular j-rpg. A Bird's Story is quite ambitious, in that - as far as I can tell, which is up to 19th minute of the game - there is no text in the game, so the player fills the blanks himself/herself). I guess it belongs to Ambitious Failure category of games, as well as to Incredibly Boring one.

(For the record, I played To The Moon by the very same game developer and I was quite impressed with it. I've also played few other RPG Maker games which were ok/good, so I know both the author and RPG Maker can deliver)
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Goldoche
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
Story failed to engage me. Very boring.
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Ragtime Cat
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
i've never felt so many emotions over a tiny bird before.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
A heartwarming story rich game, where not much is said, but a lot is felt <3
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I could not give a single ♥♥♥♥ about that bird.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Wow. Absolutly amazing. Easily the best game I have played. It's just one of those games where you let out some tears.
Fabulous story- Tells the very feeling the characters are experenicing.
Very sad- About half way in I started crying xD. The ending made me just tear up xD.
Developers- Did a great job, rich story, bringing out your emotions. Let me just say they did everything fantastic.

I 100% recommend this game. It is a small game but, they made me cry in 40 minutes of gameplay, not 6 hours of it. Get the game!

Final rating: 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
a short, touchy story that totally lives without words, carried by the rich soundtrack. I really love it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
>Looks in my library to find a game to play while I wait for my dad to get home
>Sees this
>Why not I can get perfect game in under 3 hours
>Plays first part
>Wtf is going on
>Starts to understand more as the game goes on
>end game
>Crys

This game is amazing get it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Beautiful game and story that has no commentary. Despite being a pixel based game you can feel what the characters and how the game should feel. I can't wait for A Bird Story's Sequel.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
If you can enjoy a game where you barrely do nothing else than listen to the story, then this game is for you.
The art style is pretty good, the music is bewitching and the story, god damn this story is just so well written and so weepy

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
If u want to spend some of your time with a cute story, I recommend it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
A Boredom Simulator would be more fitting title. Yes I have only played 19 minutes of this game and it was enough to make up my mind. One doesn't need to eat tbe entire meal to know it's undercooked and tastes like ♥♥♥♥.

It has all the amateurish features most RPG Maker games have. Boring tile-based level design, poor low res SEGA Genesis-style graphics, agonizingly slow camera pans, fade ins and fade outs that take forever and so on.

I may be mistaken but I think an author tried to convey the feeling of loneliness and maybe to some extent alienation that all kids experience sometimes. If so, then I'm afraid he either wasn't qualified enough to fully express himself or chose the wrong engine. RPG Maker seems to be a simple tool, but it's just too restricting, especially for projects which are more ambitious than your regular j-rpg. A Bird's Story is quite ambitious, in that - as far as I can tell, which is up to 19th minute of the game - there is no text in the game, so the player fills the blanks himself/herself). I guess it belongs to Ambitious Failure category of games, as well as to Incredibly Boring one.

(For the record, I played To The Moon by the very same game developer and I was quite impressed with it. I've also played few other RPG Maker games which were ok/good, so I know both the author and RPG Maker can deliver)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
571 of 640 people (89%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 7, 2014
If you want to never be able to look at birds the same way on your daily commutes again, this is the lovely little experience for you.
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