SAHGeekMom Game of the Week: Burning Birds is Hot!
- Genre: casual game, puzzle game, family game
- Platform: HD and iPhone/ iPod Touch each sold separately.
- Features: Game Center
- Price: Hd 1.99/iPhone .99
- SAHGeekMom Rating: 4.5 Stars
- Pump gives it 4 Pump’s up!
- Ages 7+
Burning Birds is the latest in a line of bird-themes iOS games which is likely to take up permanent residence on your iDevice. This one’s a keeper.
It’s appropriate for gamers as young as seven, but takes quite a bit dexterity and has the most minor of cartoon violence. (Not as gruesome like the Angry Birds backstory) It’s good for kids, but it’s not a kid’s game. I do think it has the making of a hit if thy market it correctly. It’s really cool.
Burning Birds is part match-three puzzler, part strategy challenge, part fast-paced action game, and all entirely too much frantic fun.
The object is simple: you are a bird on a wire and you have to move across a horizontal axis, dropping appropriately colored eggs to create sets of three. To succeed you have to explode a specificnumber of eggs per level, while avoiding getting burned.
The game starts simply, deceptively so. You get a clean pictorial instruction panel and you’re off to drop your first egg. Within a few levels the challenges, clever and unexpected ones, start to pop up. More colors come into play, as well as blocks and bombs, but those are to be expected in this genre of game.
But surprise! Soon you find yourself with up to five birds to manage at once, and you have to keep them constantly jumping to avoid the fatal electric current that travels across the wire. It can get pretty crazy and almost impossible to put down.
But this is where it got frustrating for Pump, his dexterity and fine motor skills are amazing, but this is challenging even for a seasoned gamer.
Otherwise he was totally engaged by the cute cartoonish birds, and since he a pretty amazing gamer, he was soon earning more stars per level than I was. He wanted to let your kids know that “this game is really good. It’s a bit like Angry Birds but there’s eggs and dropping and bombs, but no pigs. It makes you be smart and have fun. But it’s very fast with two birds.”
The game isn’t really anything like Angry Birds except for the obvious and game setup. You have several environments and multiple levels on each. You need to complete one in order to unlock the next. You can earn up to three stars for each level, if you manage to grab the coins and act fast.
There are five worlds for a total of 75 levels, and each features a different kind of bird. With unlockable achievements, Game Center integration, and trying to perfect past levels. you get a lot replay value.
Kamaji Multimedia’s first foray into iOS gaming is impressive; Burning Birds is surprisingly polished. The graphics are gorgeous in both HD and on a retina display and be forewarned: the theme song will get stuck in your head.Check out the trailer:
This is one of an endless number of games that describes itself as addictive, (which I’ll still take overaddicting any day), but this is the rare case where it’s not just a over-done marketing ploy, But seriously, Burning Birds should come with a warning label for compulsive casual gamers. I’m already hooked. I check out upwards of 10 apps and games a day, hooking me is not easy.
There’s not much to complain about. The only issue I found with Burning Birds (the iPad version) is a slight lag between touch and bird-flight, which can be frustrating when you have several birds and a fast current in play. It’s hard to get the timing right.
Tip: Hold the bird up by keeping your finger on it or drag it to avoid burns. It’s particularly helpful with multiple birds in play.
Additional worlds would be great too, but the developer assures me they, as well as new power-ups and birds species, are in the works for future updates.
In an App Store replete with great bird themed games like Tiny Wings and Angry Birds it’s an unexpected treat to find an original concept, much less one that is so much fun. Burning Birds is a winner.Want to win a free copy? You can leave a comment about why you need another new bird game or new gaming addiction and I’ll pick the ones that make me laugh the hardest.
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