A Bird Story

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Short but emotionally powerful story told without words.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about wise choices as well as love, friendship, and kindness to wild animals. Kids also learn how to react to or handle hurt animals they could possibly find in real life. The game inherently poses many open-ended questions that can prompt lots of discussion with parents or other family members. It may be short, but A Bird Story is a powerful story that should engage players young and old.

Positive Messages

Love, kindness, and responsibility are continually expressed. Consequences of helping injured animals raised.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The protagonist is a model of responsibility who shows kindness to the animals he finds.

Ease of Play

Controls are intuitive; tool tips pop up frequently.

Violence & Scariness

No violence. The threat in a dream sequence might be scary for younger kids.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Bird Story is a short, narrative downloadable adventure game that tells the story of a lonely boy and the consequences of rescuing an injured bird. The story is told without dialogue, although there are plenty of tool tips and pop-up hints to guide players on what they need to do to proceed. There's no violence, although a dream sequence could be scary for younger players.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byBetterGames August 1, 2016

Good game

Great for kids. Younger kids will probably need help as the hints about where to go aren't quite obvious enough for them. Good development of some motor sk... Continue reading
Adult Written byPotatoJoe September 9, 2016

Beautiful, Heartwarming Game

There are too few games like this. Games that use interactivity to tell a story without words. I'm not sure there IS a single game quite like this. And... Continue reading

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What's it about?

A BIRD STORY is the tale of a young boy with an incredibly bland life. He moves from his dreary school classroom through a playground of faceless children to his empty apartment. He has dinner, watches TV, finds a treat left for him, and falls asleep. He's not unloved, but he's lonely. On his way home from school one day, he rescues a wild bird from a badger and takes it home with him. The story is partially a fantastical journey as he finds friendship and companionship with this bird. The game also explores choices, actions, and consequences as the boy takes the bird to a vet, then runs off with it when the vet tries to cage the animal.

Is it any good?

A Bird Story is told in a surreal blend of dream and life sequences. There's no text; the graphics tell the story, while music and color evoke the mood of each scenario. One dream sequence, for example, manages to convey a threat to the boy and the bird solely through imagery. It's a powerful example of both the child's imagination and his perception of threats. Although this could be slightly scary for younger kids, it speaks to the emotional strength of the tale.

There's more story than game in A Bird Story, but it effortlessly conveys volumes in short cinematic sequences. The experience is tightly controlled, and the player interacts at key points such as rescuing the bird, giving it food, and playing with it. The sweeping sequence where they go on a paper airplane flight to help the bird find its family is magical and literally a flight of fancy. The experience may be incredibly short, but it's powerful, and players will marvel at the sense of imagination and storytelling without a single word being said.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the unconventional storytelling in A Bird Story. Can you fully understand a story that doesn't have a bit of dialogue? Can you express more with the lack of words in the game?

  • Talk about wild animals and rescue. What should you do if you find an injured bird or other wild animal? Should some injured animals be left alone?

  • Do you need large gestures to show love, or can something small -- like a note, a kind gesture, or the gift of a favorite dessert -- have the same effect on someone?

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