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Lucky Birds City

 

 

SCORE: 72

 

Lucky Birds City 

 

There is something fascinating about playing games before they launch publicly. We can only talk about them internally or with the developers and PR contacts. We have to figure out almost everything for ourselves, or feel really brilliant when we find out the answer was simple. We have to keep quiet with the public. I have had people ask me questions about apps I am playing in public places that are not released to the public.

Which brings me to Lucky Birds City on the iPhone/iPod Touch. This game reminds me of so many other games. The most well known is Angry Birds. Lucky Birds City also has birds as the main characters. This app does not have us destroying things and pigs. Instead Lucky Birds City has us launch the birds into their nests. There are things to collect along the way.

The visuals in Lucky Birds City are okay. The birds look like birds. The details could have been a bit better, and the style of art took some warming up to. At least until I got to the angry birds, you know the ones on fire. These same birds do not like to share a wire with other birds. Lucky Birds City rolls out the various different features pretty quickly. I rarely got comfortable with one game play mechanic before more were being added.

The music in Lucky Birds City is pleasant. I enjoyed listening to it while launching the birds towards their nests. Notice how I said towards their nests? Yeah that can be a problem sometimes. Lucky Birds City has a guide that shows where the bird is going to go. I found it to be slightly off. If I aim for the front of the nest I got the bird in. If I aim for the middle they went past and came out on the other side.

This little quirk was one that I was able to overcome easily. There are a massive amount of levels available for Lucky Birds City at launch. Articul is not stopping there though. They are planning on adding additional worlds in the future. I am curious to see what concepts they come up with for future worlds.

The two lessons I learned in Lucky Birds City is gravity, and angle. "Gravity can be a harsh mistress" as the Tick would say. The birds in Lucky Birds City can not land on the ground. They will puff away into nothingness, and you will lose the level. The timer still counted down which I found rather pointless. If I can't win a level, why not stop it immediately? I just hit the restart button and tried again.

Lucky Birds City has a decent difficulty setting. Do not expect to blow through this app in one sitting. Certain levels require strategy whereas others require cheetah like reflexes. I found Lucky Birds City to be a pleasurable bird launching experience. I am not sure if they are Lucky Birds City in this app or lazy birds. Can't they fly to their nests without my help?
- Paul

 

Graphics: 67%
Sound: 74%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Articul Media
Rating:
‘9+’ - 9+
{Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}

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