Version Reviewed: 1.2.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS
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Everyone has heard the saying: "The early bird gets the worm." In this game, worms hiding underground in their holes is exactly what the early bird is after and players must guide the bird in its search. The best way to describe the gameplay would be to call Early Bird physics based puzzle platformer. While physics are an important part of the gameplay, they are not the game itself. Players use the physics to accomplish a goal, but the game has more to it than just watching the physics play out.
The goal of Early Bird is to guide a cute little feathered worm hunter to a targeted landing spot where the little bird can pull a worm out of the ground. In order to move the little bird around each level, players swipe their fingers in the direction that they want the bird to flap. The bird will then flap in that direction and fly at that angle with more or less force depending on how long the player made their swipe on the screen. In each level, the player has a limited number of swipes they can make to guide the bird around. After those swipes have been used, if the bird hasn't reached the target, the level is failed and must be repeated.
Players complete a level when they successfully guide the bird to the target using only the available number of swipes. When the bird gets to the target it promptly pulls a worm from the ground. In these moments, the player will notice the game's very well done animations. These animations help bring the characters to life instead of having them be simple two-dimensional pieces of the gameplay.
The gameplay is enhanced by inventive level design and lots of interesting elements like fans, bounce pads, and collectable bugs. There are also different bonus point values awarded for accomplishing certain feats in each level, such as falling a great distance or landing in the exact center of the target zone.
Early Bird is a well done game and it really shows off its polished visuals and mechanics. The gameplay and its embelishments go well together and the whole experience is quite a lot of fun. There are tons of levels too (even some new ones recently added for Halloween), so players will have lots of content to keep them happy for a while.