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August 9, 2019

Remember Flashback? No, not the GTA3 radio
station, I mean the weird action-platformer years and years ago that was kinda like Total Recall meets Out of This
World. With that image in your head, add chicken. Yes, chicken. An anthropomorphic chicken, buffed out like Rambo,
with an arsenal of guns and a keen eye for destruction. This is Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, a kind of
cold-war era run-and-gun platformer… with chickens battling penguins. It’s a combination that could benefit from only
two things: Barbeque sauce, and JETPACKS. Well, looks like I got half my wish. I really
wish I could say more about Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, but I kinda just want to get out of the way and let this
madness speak for itself. A chicken with a jetpack, shooting down enemy penguins (or other birds) in front of a huge,
propaganda-spewing Zeppelin, with a thoroughly awesome soundtrack. Or infiltrating that same Zeppelin and shooting
his way out as violently as possible. It’s like a fever dream of awesomeness, pulled off as a basic side-scrolling
action platformer with enough background jokes to throw off your meticulously-honed sense of stealth. Big Brother
likes to watch, indeed. The
action’s pretty basic, but melds a bit of
stealth and puzzle solving into what would otherwise be just a bog-standard run-and-gun shooter. Funny enough,
it’s usually faster to roll anywhere you want to go, so now you’ve got an anthropomorphic chicken (or two, depending
on whether you’re playing single player or the local or networked co-op), laden with guns AND a jetpack, Dan
Hibiki-ing throughout an underground military installation. And yes, I just used Dan Hibiki as a verb. I’d say it kinda
breaks the immersion of the game, but this isn’t a game about immersion, it’s a game about CHICKENS WITH GUNS. The
whole premise is a joke, and it’s a damn good one at that. And then they sweeten the pot with animation and music that,
frankly, I could sit down and watch a half-hour of, every Saturday morning, without fail. I’d buy every toy you
stuck in the commercials, too. Honestly, I’d feel bad breaking that up with
more gameplay footage. The whole thing comes together into the kind of absolutely ridiculous fun that you remember
from your childhood, only now it comes with a soundtrack your teenage self would’ve been happy to rock out to. Seriously,
I don’t know if this is a game or a really-well-made advertisement for New World Revolution, the band what provides
most of the music for this opus. Each interstitial animation might as well be a music video unto itself. Rocketbirds:
Hardboiled Chicken does pretty much everything right, and then goes beyond the call of duty. Just make sure not
to say “buffalo wings” anywhere near that guy, or you might end up with a dagger up your strap.

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  1. Dan Hibiki, Sonic, either one is a good analogy.

    Also, good Humble Bundle reviews. I didn't think about downloading this one, but I think I will now~

  2. I got this on the PSN the day it came out in 2011. I've played it so much, and have never gotten tired of it. The PS3 version looks, sounds, & plays the exact same as the PC, so you really don't need 2 copies of it (but I couldn't resist the Humble Bundle!). ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. when i first played this game i absolutely fucking hated it, the controls are so clunky and not even in a good way, and the artstyle and animation is just dull and has no life to it. ill give it another shot since i bought it day one and deleted it right away, might as well try to get the rest of my moneys worth

  4. I haven't played this game yet, but it sounds interesting. Should I get the older one on PS3 or the other one on Vita?

  5. It's so interesting to see that people actually like this overpriced piece of crap that does nothing right besides maybe the music…I think people have no expectations anymore, so they just chew through every piece of dung that gets released, no matter that the game play is weak, the story quasi non existant and the game completed after about 2 hours…lol

  6. This game is lit!….it kind of gots that 90's earthworm jim feel to it…but with a chicken on steroids if u like old school snes/sega side scrolling shooters that are str8 to the point and plain simplistic fun then this game is one of the hidden gems u need for the vita…rocketbird part 2 is tight too! And that one is crossplay/buy.

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