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Developer: Data Web Tect
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★½☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★½☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

Electric Bird is a simple to control game that sees the player fling an ever increasing number of birds into the air to collect stars. Unfortunately the random nature of the levels leads to a high level of frustration.

The idea behind Electric Bird is incredibly simple. The start of one of the simpler levels will see a bird sitting on a wire. By pulling down on this wire and releasing it the player will send this bird shooting into the sky. The main objective is to collect the stars that are scattered about, as they unlock levels.

As the levels increase in difficulty, more birds are added to the wire, meaning there is more for the player to keep track of.

So far it’s fairly entertaining, although the star placement can be a little awkward, but unfortunately things take a frustrating turn when obstacles are added to the equation.

The birds shoot off so quickly that trying to avoid one-hit-kill obstacles proves maddeningly difficult at times.

This isn’t helped by the fact that some of the stars are placed right above the obstacles, giving the player almost zero time to steer out of the way, and then back to collect the star.

Controlling the birds, which is done by tilting the iOS device either left or right, is nowhere near fast enough, and feels disappointingly disjointed.

The collision detection also seems a bit off at times, where the bird would pass through a star but it wouldn’t be collected.

This is a shame as Electric Bird has a decent amount of content, with new things being added along the way such as guiding the birds into nests. Unfortunately it may just prove too frustrating for some.


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