Video Game Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PC) (2012)

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PC) (2012)


Relevant Links:
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (Wikipedia.org)
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PC) (Metacritic.com)
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (Steam Store Page)

Hide from enemies.
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Rocketbirds was initially fun to play. However, while the different guns were neat, the movement and gameplay sometimes felt too simple.

Compared to Shank (PC) (2010), this game was quite boring. I would, however, say that Rocketbirds had better cutscenes and story than Shank.


Speaking of the game's story, I wish that there had been more voice acting. When the cardinals were speaking in strange cluck sounds and yet their text bubbles were in English, I had become unsatisfied.

Your enemy.
Getting back to the fighting, the main strategy seemed to be to just crouch and shoot. While the player occasionally has the opportunity to hide against the wall, the AI rarely walk past the player, which makes the mechanic of hiding useless.


Another problem with the fighting is that getting flanked from the opposite side really sucks. Due to the simplicity of the game, the only solution I can think of to deal with this situation is to get all the way to the right or left of all the enemies on the screen. In contrast, the protagonist in Shank can shoot in both directions for combos, a very satisfying and useful fighting mechanic.

Time for "some jetpaction."
There is one point in Rocketbirds where you gain a skill to control the enemy. This is often used as a puzzle mechanic in which the player needs to figure out how to control an enemy in order to progress in the game. While neat, this does not make up for the game's flaws.

Shoot 'em out of the air!
Overall, while Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken was appealing from a story point of view, the gameplay wasn't quite as interesting as I would have liked. For that reason, I only played so much of it before stopping and would think twice before recommending it to someone. I would, however, like to give the game another chance for its co-op mode.

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