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Bird Alone Review

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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Bird Alone is a narrative game where you befriend a bird. Your feathered companion encourages the conversation in the direction of real life worries while you make music, draw pictures and write poetry. It’s a slow game that unfolds in real time with the day and night matching the real world, as well as the bird growing older with you.

The interactions are as playful as they are therapeutic. While you are asked deep or probing questions the novelty and absurdity of interacting with a virtual bird keeps things light hearted. This goes beyond being just a novelty though, as the interactions nudge you towards deeper questions that challenge your thinking and perspective on life and death.

In this way the game is similar to Far From Noise another game from the same developer, where the narrative provokes personal reflection.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @GeorgeBatch

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Rated 4+ on the Apple App Store for iOS.

Players should note that spoiler the bird in the game has a short lifespan of about 30 days. After that it dies and leaves you on your own. Some players have been taken back by this abrupt death after creating a connection with the game. Others have found the loss poignant and therapeutic.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Bird Alone Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@GeorgeBatch) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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