I rather enjoyed The King's Bird. There is definitely a magic to it and a draw that I found compelling, and found it was just as enjoyable to watch as to play as you find yourself drawn into the actions and struggles of whoever is playing, sharing in the "oohs" and "ahs" as they come oh so close or pull off an unexpectedly complex maneuver. Taking turns as a family has turned out to be a very enjoyable family activity.
Few stories in games can successfully make me hate the "protagonist" and at the same time draw me compulsively further into the events and plot twists. Paired up with the simplistic and impressionistic art of the story frames, the atmosphere and the complexity of the intertwining yet opposing factions bandying for influence over hopelessly corrupt Jack Boyd and you have a Noir story set in the 80's that could rival the classics.
Jeff Minter has been behind the game's previous sequels or re releases (Tempest 2000 in '94, Tempest 3000 in 2000) and it is a true rendition of the Tempest I grew up with. However, despite porting it over to the newer operational systems, I don't feel that there was enough of a difference from previous versions to warrant a release at this price point.
I found Battlrite Royale enjoyable, and even heart pumping as you encounter players of progressively better skill while making your own way up the ranks. So, whether you're an old pro at these arena type games or are just looking for a break from your regular library of games, you might want to give this a chance. Simple, fun, and engaging, it's certainly a great diversion.