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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Graphics - 9/109/10
- Sound - 8/108/10
- Accessability - 7/107/10
- Length - 7/107/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10
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.