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Birdland

by Brendan Patrick Hennessy profile

Teens
2015

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- IanAllenBird, September 21, 2018

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Consistent and engaging, September 18, 2018
What I like about this game is how consistent its themes are. The effect of introducing the characters as a cast, complete with beautiful illustrations, is sustained by the focus on dialogue and the names of the speakers for the rest of the game. I got the impression of reading the transcript of a play, especially with the date and time stamps at the start of every chapter. The mystery introduced in the very first dream, with regard to the strange speech styles of the bird-people, is also followed through in the other dreams and eventually acknowledged and resolved. As a result, the plot was believable and I didn't feel like there were any loose ends untied.

However, I felt somewhat disappointed with the dialogue, which occasionally tended towards melodrama. While I realise that emotional scenes are characteristic of young adult fiction, the scenes in which the protagonist exhibited strong emotion just felt too rushed, in my opinion, and my feelings for the character were disrupted as a result. On the other hand, the dialogue options provided for the player are excellent. Many lines of speech felt appropriate for the situation at hand, and I was happy to see that the game both provided and followed through on these options. The ability to pick the murderer felt particularly meaningful, even if its implications were not clear.

Another area that left me feeling a little unsatisfied was the protagonist's toned-down reaction to the increasingly odd behaviour of the counsellors. Considering a large part of her unwillingness to act out was due to her lack of faith in the validity of her dreams, it might have been better if the bit about her dreams bleeding into reality was emphasised more, so that her initially apathetic stance would have had a more realistic explanation. Still, the way the severity of the situation was ultimately acknowledged and dealt with felt very effective, with the success of the protagonist coming across as surprising yet plausible, a testament to the author's efforts in establishing the rigidness of the bird-people as a critical flaw.

- Joey Jones (UK), September 15, 2018

- Accatitippi (Italy), August 27, 2018

- Jaxcap (Arizona), August 12, 2018

- airylef, August 8, 2018

- mrfrobozzo, June 26, 2018

- deathbytroggles, May 2, 2018

- csitrin, April 16, 2018

- Wanderlust, March 17, 2018

- LatinAlice (Canada), January 29, 2018

- sleepbox, December 31, 2017

- KittyDaKat, December 28, 2017

- Dominia, December 22, 2017

- Squidi, December 5, 2017

- idzzy, November 23, 2017

- Shchekotiki, November 20, 2017

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
YA Fiction for all ages, October 25, 2017
by Angharade
Related reviews: Young Adult
This is the first time I have enjoyed a twine-based game to the same degree as a parser game. The way the character's mood affected the outcomes was magnificent, unique and made me feel in control, even when I wasn't. The writing was sublime. I was not expecting to get so invested in the story, but the gameplay was so special and the underlying story so delicious, I had to keep going.

Minor criticisms: the romance between two of the characters felt lackluster at best. There was no real depiction of why these two would connect. (Spoiler - click to show)Bell is a frustrating humblebrag type, and the protagonist seems to be struggling with depression, which I really resonated with. However, the romance seemed forced, with little dialogue resembling connectivity.

I will say that the humor in this is absolutely wonderful for all, of any age, and that I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and story line. I stayed with it primarily for the dry wit. The portrait illustrations were an added plus.

- alltheirises (Chicago, Illinois), October 25, 2017

- LayzaSkully (Italy), October 24, 2017

- M. C. DeMarco (Boston), October 19, 2017

- helado (a small ceramic bowl), October 4, 2017

- enkaye (usa), August 31, 2017

- Laney Berry, August 20, 2017

- dixonjd, August 4, 2017


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