A Bird Story
Top Critic Average
The sentimental, dull, superficially interactive story isn't worth a few cute moments and some interesting surrealism.
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.
A Bird Story uses nuanced visual language to tell a wonderful, heartfelt story about friendship and loneliness.
A hugely disappointing follow-up for To The Moon, whose trite and overly sentimental story feels long at just 60 minutes.
A Bird Story is a short but bittersweet tale that uses sparse interaction to great effect.
A heartwarming story told without words.
A Bird Story is a fantastic and short pixel art visual novel that you need to experience.
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.
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.
More of an experience than a game.