Black Bird

Onion Games

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
74
Top Critic Average
62%
Critics Recommend
Based on 13 critic reviews
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Black Bird

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

62%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCOct 18, 2018
Nintendo SwitchOct 18, 2018

Developer: Onion Games

Genres: Action, Platformer

This is the tale of a young girl who dies one day on a street corner and is reborn as the ominous Black Bird. Become the calamity, ‘Black Bird’, and destroy the kingdom.Experience the phantom opera in wonderland!
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Black Bird's irreverent take on shoot-'em-up is fun while it lasts, but there's not enough content to sustain repeat playthroughs.

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There's really nothing left I can write to get across just how much I enjoy Black Bird. In fact, looking at the word count for what is a relatively short game, I've probably written too much. A more succinct version of this review would simply state “Onion Games has done it again.” For fans of the developer, that's pretty much all I'd have to say to convince them it's worth it. For anybody who hasn't had the good fortune of experiencing the studio's previous offerings, well, there are over 1,000 words above to tell you whether or not Black Bird is worth a shot.

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Black Bird is one of the most interesting games I've played in a long time with loads of surprises all over the place.

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Black Bird is a unique little shooter that only gets better as you play it more and uncover its secrets. Its vintage-style art direction is charmingly melancholy, and its strange soundtrack only adds an extra layer of quirkiness to proceedings. It's very much a score challenge game, though, meaning players expecting a wealth of things to see and do may be left feeling underwhelmed by its meagre four stages - especially when you consider the rather high price tag. This is very much a case of quality over quantity, and as long as you're up for repeat playthroughs, you're in for a wonderfully bizarre treat.

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