Percentile Rank

A Bird Story is ranked in the 34th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

42%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Nov 17, 2014

A heartwarming story told without words.

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Jump Dash Roll
Meh
Meh
Feb 19, 2018

After around one and a half hours the game is over. Nothing much changed for me in those final thirty minutes - finishing the game was almost like a chore. The scenes and the interactive aspects didn’t add much to the overall story, which was pretty much done by the hour mark.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 23, 2014

It's only £4, and I'm in no doubt that what felt to me like a cynical result didn't come from a cynical place. My guess is it came from too small an idea, too ambiguously delivered, created with a passion that doesn't reach the player.

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Scored Reviews

God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2014

A Bird Story is a fantastic and short pixel art visual novel that you need to experience.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2014

A Bird Story uses nuanced visual language to tell a wonderful, heartfelt story about friendship and loneliness.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2014

The game portrays a story rather well, despite being a game developed in RPG Maker

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 16, 2014

A Bird Story is a short but bittersweet tale that uses sparse interaction to great effect.

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RPG Fan
79%
79%
Nov 15, 2014

More of an experience than a game.

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New Game Network
71 / 100
71 / 100
Nov 18, 2014

A Bird Story is not a particularly good game in the traditional sense, but it is essential for anyone who enjoyed To The Moon, or indeed is simply looking for a beautiful way to spend an hour of their time.

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Eurogamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 16, 2014

And yet beneath the mis-steps and the schmaltz, and beneath the dictatorial heft of the soundtrack - gorgeous and emotive, but laid on a little too heavily throughout - there's still that fascinating glimpse of a boy making the best of a lonely childhood. A boy in search of escape - escape from the empty world he's been granted and, perhaps, from the predictable narrative that's been imposed on it.

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Paste Magazine
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2014

In a nod to the post-credits gimmick of comic book blockbusters, A Bird Story reveals itself as foreplay for Gao's next game. This shameless preview raises the question of why anyone should take the game's human-animal bonding as anything more than a tease. Earlier in the game, the boy and the bird are launched into space for a close-up of the moon, a shoehorned reference to Gao's To the Moon. Despite its well-meaning qualities, A Bird Story doesn't have the maturity or confidence to inspire much more than crying and buying.

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PC Gamer
40 / 100
40 / 100
Nov 17, 2014

The sentimental, dull, superficially interactive story isn't worth a few cute moments and some interesting surrealism.

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Metro GameCentral
3 / 10
3 / 10
Dec 4, 2014

A hugely disappointing follow-up for To The Moon, whose trite and overly sentimental story feels long at just 60 minutes.

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