Oct 9, 2014
When I saw the screens for Escape Bird, I thought: this looks like the Dark Souls version of Flappy Bird. Was I right?
We all know the type of game Flappy Bird was. It was an unfair and unpolished, but somehow hilarious game about a bird, trying to escape whatever through some odd looking pipes, that somehow reminded us all of a Italian plumber. By tapping we made sure the bird didn’t fall or touch anything and by doing good, we all scored higher points. Or not, depending on the (lack of a good) hitbox.
A million Flappy clones came around, some ‘good’, some awful, but all with their own style. Because how much can a game differ from another game that has the same tapping mechanic. Now, here is Escape Bird. Escape Bird is a title that offers more hope than it should, because the bird in this game has no room to go. It is stuck and the only way out is to die. And it will die.
So despite the colorful character of the game (the chosen colors really suit each other), Escape Bird is quite dark. The goal is to get the highest amount of points by tapping, so the bird can fly from one side to another, avoiding the spikes on the wall. You must land the bird in the area between the spikes in order to let him live and fly another round, but there comes a point the bird will die.
He will die and you won’t be mad. Not just because he’s a cartoon bird in a video game, but because it is your own fault he is dead and the game is over. Unlike Flappy Bird, this game has a serious hitbox, meaning you know how to avoid the spikes. It doesn’t feel random – like it did in Flappy Bird. But where does the comparison with Dark Souls start?
Well at the moment you think you can do it better next time, because you know what to expect, while still knowing it could be the last thing you’ll ever do, you’ve got the core of a Dark Souls game if you ask me. The only difference is that at the end of a Dark Souls level, you make it out alive… Or… Something that still walks… And in Escape Bird, you’ll never escape. But you can always try your best.