One does not simply chicken, and the “most interesting chicken in the world” is back in the first sequel to Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, which released in October 2011. Now in Rocketbirds 2: Evolution, our Hardboiled Chicken gets wrapped up in a mysterious and sinister penguin plot in “Part 1: The Cockup”. Meanwhile, the mini birdie commandos are forming a strike force of great magnitude in “Part 2: The Rescue”, where players will rescue and recruit hostages from behind enemy lines. Both parts can be played in or out of order, but finish both to complete the full Evolution story.
Players will engage in side-scrolling shooter action as they face an assortment of evil penguins, space owls and other winged creatures while strapping on jetpacks and wielding new, powerful weapons of ‘de-clucktion’ (as the devs called it).
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution key features
• Cinematic platforming, action-adventure game with light puzzle elements and Jetpacks in Part 1: The Cockup
• Over 100 upgradeable weapons, costumes and stackable characters to unlock in procedurally generated missions in Part 2: The Rescue
• Part 2 also features 1 – 4 player online / offline / drop-in / drop-out cooperative features and a PvP mini game
• Original soundtrack by New World Revolution
Overall Likes and Dislikes
The Good: Rocketbirds 2: Evolution is a light-hearted game with some above-average script writing. The game’s story is easy to absorb, and since it isn’t exactly an RPG, the story gets *just* the right amount of “deep” that a cast of some goofy badass birds can be. Coming from a voice acting background myself, I also love the voices, even if the pacing of the dialog is not very natural. The actual voices themselves are fantastic. The graphics are pretty nice and the controls are mostly fluid, allowing for an experience with little-to-no latency issues when firing weapons. The controls can also be customized, which is nice, since the default jump button on a controller was LB (while “A” was perfectly all alone, unused… easy swap for me).
The Bad: While I love the voices, the dialog between characters is painfully unnatural; there are pauses in-between each sentence that are just too long, at the expense of the game’s pacing. With a game like Rocketbirds 2: Evolution, players want to feel the action and the thrill of the game’s combat, and having too many pauses and slow-paced elements in the game detracts from the overall experience. The game being split into a “Part 1” and “Part 2” seems a bit odd, but ultimately isn’t a huge deterrent, but the tutorial for “Part 2” yields yet another tremendously slow-paced experience that will make you just want to skip every pause for (slow-paced) dialog, then causing you to miss the directions that you’re actually trying to learn from the tutorial.
6.5 out of 10!!!
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution is a really witty action game with a cast of lovable characters. Unfortunately, the game just doesn’t have the polish to be expected of a game releasing in this day and age. Check it out now on Steam for $9.99