Review: The King’s Bird (Steam)

Escape into a world kept secret by a tyrant, and discover the truth about your freedom. Run, jump, and fly through forgotten lost kingdoms with a uniquely momentum-based flying mechanic. Here is our The King’s Bird review:

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 5221MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics options- Bloom, Fullscreen, V-Sync, Simulated effects quality and adjustment.
  • The wonderful art style that uses a strong background game to emphasize the world.
  • Assist mode- on/off enables unlimited flying.
  • Tutorials written on the walls.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • Fast paced platforming like N++, Very reflex heavy.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • Main overall hub world where you can explore a little bit and also pick which level to tackle next.
  • Can skip levels.
  • Actions- Jump, Grab ledges, Fly, slide and run on walls.
  • Momentum-based physics.
  • Hidden collectibles.
  • Has elements of Dustforce, N++ and Super Meat Boy.
  • Five worlds to explore.
  • Pause menu shows level play time and collectible counter.
  • Looks fantastic.
  • Music changes as you play. Once mastered the levels can be done in such a fluid fashion in part to smooth level designs.

Cons:

  • Little guidance.
  • Flying is really sensitive and hard to learn at first.
  • Controller issues from not being recognized to dropping out to buttons not responding.
  • Alt-tab causes issues.
  • Difficult straight off the bat.
  • Running up walls and grabbing ledges is very 50/50 on whether it registers it.
  • Laster levels turn into an exercise in precision jumping and gliding.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

The more time you dedicate to this game the more it looks fantastic. Nailing the flowing nature of flying and wall jumping really is a thing of beauty. It just masks the sheer frustration and anxiety you get from learning to initially fly. I had real troubles most in part to how sensitive it all is. Get away from all that and what you get is a solid platformer that takes from many games in the genre and marries them together to form a flowing masterpiece. I cannot stress though, You need to get good at the flying and how the game flows, Missing vital jumps and grabs is commonplace as is the controller and performance issues I kept getting. In short, it is a game you either pick up straight away and fall in love with or you have a torrid start and slowly build up trust in the hope of going to a full on love affair.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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