Haven Review: Bird of Light

Bird of Light

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Various farm animals talks among each other as a human girl with red hair appear at the farm. These highly stylized and talkative animals are  a cheery bunch that likes to stand in the way a lot. Much like Aesop’s fables the story is a metaphor, told through the animals that slowly disappear, one by one. Which would be a good thing if it meant less of the damnable herd would stop blocking my path, so get used to see the restart screen a lot. I will not spoil the story at this point in time or talk about my thoughts on the theme. Bird of light is about an ever running ginger that can turn on intersections, jump over obstacles and reverse direction. Sound easy right? Think again, this is a quite tricky and slightly addictive platform game indeed.

20160724194007_1Most of the map is made up of squares with intersecting paths, seeded with things to bypass, floating blue eggs, some powerups, tokens and a key to the castle.

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You will die a lot

Not only that some of the paths I had to place manually in order to optimize route, since at least one of these goals have to be completed in order to progress the story. Eventually the levels become more and more complicated with a metric ton of cows, sheep and pigs to dodge.

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Some assembly needed

Tokens are used to show where pickups are hidden on the map. Unless the goal is to speed run the map I usually just go for the eggs as they will progress the story. As seen in the screen shots the graphic is both polished and stylized, which is quite pleasant to look at make Bird of Light stand out. It is a bold move to go with such a colorful art direction. I certainly love the  ever so satisfying Matrix style long jump, which works surprisingly well.

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Princess of the castle!

While the graphic is nice and all, there is a distinct lack of settings. For some reason I got thrown straight into a tutorial with the music blaring. Which brings me to the next point and problem, while the music is nice and decent, it does get quite repetitive and imposing after a while. Luckily it can be muted, it’s just a bit annoying that I have to use the audio mixer in Windows to lower the volume.

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A handy to do list!

Challenges and re-playability comes from the various badges as seen here, they mostly explains themselves. There are  Steam achievements as well. For people whom enjoy a good and topical story with a twist. A truck load of nail-bitingly challenging levels, with some fun and well implanted mechanics, look no further.  though I was more interested in getting through the story.

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Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

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