Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Nov 12, 2014
    A Bird Story is a fantastic and short pixel art visual novel that you need to experience.
  2. Nov 26, 2014
    A Bird Story uses nuanced visual language to tell a wonderful, heartfelt story about friendship and loneliness.
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    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.
  4. Nov 18, 2014
    A beautiful short story about friendship, that serves as a link between To the Moon and its successor.
  5. Dec 8, 2014
    This story shared between a young boy and injured bird is absolutely worth a small chunk of your afternoon.
  6. Nov 21, 2014
    Even though it is more simple than To The Moon, A Bird Story is a great example of how games can tell a story. The basic graphics do ask some imagination, but the subtle emotions and excellent soundtrack make this an experience every story focused person will adore.
  7. Nov 17, 2014
    A small, simple, but incredibly affecting story that showcases the power of the ability to encourage empathy through the most basic expressions of humanity and imagination.
  8. Nov 12, 2014
    An interesting indie production, that can talk sweet words to the same public of titles like To The Moon. And don't forget the over the top musical score.
  9. Nov 15, 2014
    More of an experience than a game.
  10. Jan 9, 2015
    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.
  11. Nov 24, 2014
    Without saying a word, A Bird Story is capable of giving an hour of absolute carelessness, deliberately choosing to sacrifice a gameplay that is configured as a useful element to interact only between the narrative interludes.
  12. Dec 1, 2014
    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.
  13. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 2, 2015
    Interactive story about friendship and adolescence, which will not fancy masses, but will be loved by empathetic individuals. [Issue#249]
  14. Nov 17, 2014
    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.
  15. Nov 7, 2014
    A Bird Story is not the great follow-up that we could expect from the team that created the beautiful To the Moon, but its a warn story about friendship involving a kid and a bird.
  16. CD-Action
    Feb 7, 2015
    Visuals are A Bird Story’s biggest strength, and as far as the story goes... Well, I simply don’t know why someone decided it’s worth sharing with me. [01/2015, p.73]
  17. Nov 17, 2014
    The sentimental, dull, superficially interactive story isn’t worth a few cute moments and some interesting surrealism.
  18. 30
    A hugely disappointing follow-up for To The Moon, whose trite and overly sentimental story feels long at just 60 minutes.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 116
  2. Negative: 17 out of 116
  1. Nov 9, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 8, 2014
    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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  3. Nov 8, 2014
    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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