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Sponsored Game Review: Bumpy Birds

November 20, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Bumpy Birds is an Android game that reminds me a lot of both Flappy Bird and Frogger all in one game. In a nutshell, you need to tap to fly up and up, passing a flag each time will give you a point, but you need to avoid other birds, as well as clouds in order to get to the next flag point. It’s a casual game that should appeal to those of all ages and while there are definitely similarities with other titles, it seems like Bumpy Birds is a fun, arcade-style casual game that we could all take to. To see if that’s the case or not, read on as I take a closer look.

How it Works: Just as with any other game on Android, starting with downloading Bumpy Birds from the Play Store is a good idea.

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Playing the game is pretty simple, all you need to do is to tap to fly, and keep on tapping to keep flying. You’ll also need to watch out for other birds, meaning you need to adjust your timing and speed in order to rank up a high score.

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Things start off nice and simple, passing the first few flags to gain points is fairly easy, but the further up you go, the more traffic you’ll come across.

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There’s a special power-up, a golden bug of sorts, that when collected will boost you up a good deal both increasing your score as well as helping you get past a lot of birds without putting in the effort.

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With the help of the golden bug, along with some well-timed gameplay, I can score some pretty good scores. After a little while, I unlocked a new Bird to play with, which was a nice surprise this early on in a game with in-app purchases and gentle ads.

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At the end of each level, you’re given the opportunity to share your scores to either Facebook or Twitter.

2014-11-20 16.07.25 (1)Opinion: There’s no skirting around the fact that Bumpy Birds is designed as a game for all the family and while that might turn some people off, it shouldn’t. Nor should the gameplay elements that remind you of Flappy Bird. Sure, that same simple and rudimentary “tap to fly” thing is here, but having to control flight is actually easier to do here and it means something. You have to maintain your height to get to the next flag point and dodging past birds as well as angry storm clouds is really quite compelling. I spent more time with the game that I thought I would have done and while I did find it a little too easy, it has a pinch of endless runner about it, which for a game that cares about high-scores very much, is a welcome addition to the mix.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Bumpy Birds ran fine on my devices and the overall pacing was good, too.
  • Features (4/5) – With a nice blend of gameplay mechanics, there’s a lot to love about Bumpy Birds and it’s certainly accessible.
  • Theme (4/5) – Colorful graphics and animations work with some fun sound effects to create something that looks fun and sounds fun all at the same time.
  • Overall (4/5) – With some solid, if not very challenging, gameplay Bumpy Birds doesn’t try too hard and it’s a good deal of fun as a result.

Pros

  • Where Flappy Bird and friends were extremely difficult, Bumpy Birds is both accessible and easy to get to grips with.
  • Great for all the family, and a game that kids can play without getting too frustrated.
  • No need to learn complicated controls or anything of the sort.
  • There are in-app purchases, but the ads aren’t intrusive and you do unlock new birds just by playing the game.

Cons

  • Might be too easy for some players.
  • While this is certainly cute and fun, it might be a little too far for some.

Conclusion: While there are elements here that some players might not take to, I found the blend of simple controls, timing and a high score that you keep on chasing really quite compelling. I can see why this is going to be good fun for kids and parents like to play games together, but for some it might be a little too easy. On the other hand, building up a high score puts the pressure on you to try and keep that high score, which is part of the game and can be quite difficult to hold your nerve. A fun game for all, Bumpy Birds is worth taking a look at.

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