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  • Summary: From the developer of To the Moon: A simple and surreal hour-long short about a boy and an injured bird -- a light interactive animation without dialogue. An interactive pixel animation with the sole purpose of telling a simple story. It is a standalone narrative with its own discreteFrom the developer of To the Moon: A simple and surreal hour-long short about a boy and an injured bird -- a light interactive animation without dialogue. An interactive pixel animation with the sole purpose of telling a simple story. It is a standalone narrative with its own discrete beginning and end. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Nov 12, 2014
    90
    A Bird Story is a fantastic and short pixel art visual novel that you need to experience.
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    85
    A Bird Story is just a prequel and lasts only one hour, making you want more and more. With it, Kan Gao makes us eager to play Freebird Games' full followup to To The Moon, a game that we simply loved in 2011.
  3. Dec 8, 2014
    80
    This story shared between a young boy and injured bird is absolutely worth a small chunk of your afternoon.
  4. Jan 9, 2015
    70
    Shorter game time, simplified story and a little less emotion - still, A Bird Story is the masterpiece of the narration and the form. But somehow it is something we had already seen in better shape before.
  5. Dec 1, 2014
    65
    A beautiful tale about friendship that is far from the quality of To the Moon. Its null interactivity and simple narrative are its worst enemies.
  6. Nov 17, 2014
    60
    Beneath the mis-steps and the schmaltz, and beneath the dictatorial heft of the soundtrack - gorgeous and emotive, but laid on a little too heavily throughout - there's still that fascinating glimpse of a boy making the best of a lonely childhood.
  7. 30
    A hugely disappointing follow-up for To The Moon, whose trite and overly sentimental story feels long at just 60 minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Nov 7, 2014
    10
    A truly amazing game and a worthy successor to To The Moon.
    An adult game about childish friendship - pure and unconditional.
    ...and that
    A truly amazing game and a worthy successor to To The Moon.
    An adult game about childish friendship - pure and unconditional.

    ...and that music!

    10/10 - I sincerely recommend.
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  2. Vag
    Nov 7, 2014
    10
    A soulful story about a lonely boy and his best friend, the bird. Kan Gao definitely knows how to tell emotional stories. Can't wait for hisA soulful story about a lonely boy and his best friend, the bird. Kan Gao definitely knows how to tell emotional stories. Can't wait for his next game Finding Paradise. Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2014
    10
    Kan Gao is an excellent composer, and a great writer. He also can make a simplistic game very emotional.

    Support this game, buy a copy.
    Kan Gao is an excellent composer, and a great writer. He also can make a simplistic game very emotional.

    Support this game, buy a copy. It's only an hour, and it's not quite as good as To The Moon, but it's certainly worth your time.
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  4. Nov 8, 2014
    9
    Beautiful Game. If you loved To the Moon you'll love this! Again, if you're familiar with freebird games you'll know that it isn't "GameplayBeautiful Game. If you loved To the Moon you'll love this! Again, if you're familiar with freebird games you'll know that it isn't "Gameplay Based" and very story driven. If you aren't interested in games like that then this one isn't for you. I give it a 9 and not a 10 due to how short it is, i was expecting a whole other story because it took so long to make but it is only an hour (maybe less) long.
    The soundtrack again is absolutely beautiful, i paid for both the game and OST on steam just because the music is absolutely perfect for this game.
    The story is told with no dialogues with surprisingly works very well and i personally have never experienced this in a story game before. There is maybe a future in games like this.
    Overall brilliant experience, great tear jerker, lots of feels. Buy this game AND To the Moon if you haven't already!
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  5. Nov 12, 2014
    8
    Not as emotional, not as touching and not as complex as To the Moon, but it is still a beautiful, hearth-worming and intelligent story. If youNot as emotional, not as touching and not as complex as To the Moon, but it is still a beautiful, hearth-worming and intelligent story. If you enjoyed To the Moon you simply MUST play this game, even if it ends after only 60 minutes. Expand
  6. Jan 9, 2015
    8
    A cute little story about an imaginative young boy and his bird. If you ever owned a pet as a child then this short hour long game will hitA cute little story about an imaginative young boy and his bird. If you ever owned a pet as a child then this short hour long game will hit home. It made me smile and miss the good ol' days. Expand
  7. Nov 9, 2014
    4
    To the moon was truly a masterpiece, with a very interesting plot. This one, on the other hand uses one of the most common story ever,To the moon was truly a masterpiece, with a very interesting plot. This one, on the other hand uses one of the most common story ever, involving the friendship between a bird and a lonely kid. I really hoped this would be as good as to the moon but unfortunately it's only a boring average story. Expand

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