Early Bird and Friends is a bright and colorful kid-friendly game where the goal is to help Birdie and his friends soar through level after level, snapping up fireflies and other tasty treats as they make their way to the worm hole at the end of each stage.
This game is a sequel to the original Early Bird game, which turned out to be a huge success thanks to its cartoonish graphics and its simple puzzle gameplay. Early Birds and Friends offers up more of the same gameplay that was present in the first game, so if you loved Early Bird, you will enjoy the follow up as well.
Early Bird and Friends is divided into a series of levels. The idea is to help the birds find their way to the bullseye wormholes at the end of the level, using swipes to launch them into the air.
The swiping gestures are similar to those in other games like Angry Birds, but the goal is a bit different. You’re aiming to get to an end point, rather than destroy structures and take out pigs. Swipe up to get into the air and then swipe again to stay up for as long as you can, aiming for the wormholes. You have a limited number of birds to work with, and each landing will use up a bird.
Early Bird and Friends will start out easily enough, incorporating just simple swipe gestures, but soon, there will be obstacles to overcome and items to utilize, like dandelions, which will send the birds soaring over ledges. Snap up fireflies as you play to unlock future stages.
Finishing levels using as few birds as possible with the majority of the fireflies is the way to earn three stars and a better score. Each bird has a different ability, which keeps the gameplay dynamic. For example, Quincy the Quail rolls rather than flies, which means you have to adapt for a different style of gameplay.
In addition to regular puzzle levels, there are also bonus levels that incorporate additional gameplay mechanics. One bonus level was similar to Peggle, which was a lot of fun, though these levels do take in-game currency to unlock. You earn this via playing the game, but you can also purchase it in the app.
Early Bird and Friends has 80 levels to complete, along with bonus levels. There are no Game Center achievements, however, which was a disappointment, and a slight emphasis on ads detracted from the gameplay at times. For the most part, though, Early Bird and Friends is a fun free game that the whole family can enjoy.
What I liked: Early Bird and Friends has impressive cartoon graphics and easy gameplay that is suitable for kids.
What I didn’t like: The swipe controls can be frustrating to use, especially in mid-air. The birds don’t go far at all, it’s hard to aim, and at times, the controls just feel clunky. There are also quite a few ads in this game as it is free, encouraging players to watch videos to earn an extra credit.
To buy or not to buy: Early Bird and Friends is a free download, and it is worth trying out. It may not be for everyone, but kids are sure to like this one for its bright graphics.
- App Name: Early Bird and Friends
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Booyah
- Price: Free