Updated: Bird Strike: Gold Edition Review

We can’t believe this game’s only a dollar. Bird Strike is one of those rare experiences where you really feel like you should have to pay more. Prepare to be happily disarmed by its cuteness!

Several reversions in the latest update, such as changing “Puzzle Mode” back to “World Tour”, and eliminating Gerald’s foulmouthed “attitude”, make this a more charming and likable game.

Other additions include an increased presence by Openfeint, which will give you the option to tweet your success whenever you nab a new trophy. There’s also a new prompt that tells you to “grab a rocket” whenever you reach the peak of your first ascent, which is a nice tip for newbies just figuring out what the game is about, even though it is already one of the easiest games to grasp right off the bat.

While Gold Edition of Bird Strike doesn’t do a whole lot to improve the original game, it never really needed that much improvement anyway. This really is what iPhone gaming is supposed to be: simple, addictive, charming gameplay that can’t help but make you smile. We’d recommend it to anyone.

We like a bloody two-stick shooter as much as the next gamer, but Bird Strike disarmed us with its relentless cuteness. It’s a game made with Pixar-like cartoony charm, and you can’t help but cheer on your little bird when you slingshot him from his bird wire and direct him to collect boosting rockets on his way to space. Confession: We may have giggled.

Bird Strike is one of those games where you launch something and try to get it to travel as far as possible. But because you’re launching your bird up and not out, when your bird falls you get a second chance to hit a powerup and continue the climb. In some sections, you go up and down so much it feels like the classic Breakout.

Reach for the stars, kid.

If you make it to outer space, a UFO zaps you, turning your feathered friend into a falling meteor with the goal of smashing everything that you avoided on your ascent. It’s a satisfying reversal to destroy the blimps and jerk seagulls that had blocked your progress earlier.

Bird Strike’s got more charm than a late 90’s Natalie Imbruglia. Plus, is there a more suited analogy for fearlessness and ambition than a bird trying to soar to new heights… even if he has to use rockets to do so?

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