We read somewhere that “A brand name is more than a word. It is the beginning of a conversation”. As we sat downloading the game Pigeon Poo, we wondered why we were having this conversation in the first place. As it turns out, there’s not even that much pooping in Pigeon Poo.
The game is a very simple tilt-controlled experience that repeats three types of gameplay over and over and over. The first mode has you bobbing around the sidewalk, trying to pick up good garbage and avoiding the bad. It’s a good thing that the game highlights the garbage green and red accordingly, because the distinctions don’t make much sense (soda can good, bottle of booze bad?!)
What’s with all the skulls littering the streets?
The second level has you flying through the air, dodging various silly items such as angels, Sputnik and flying saucers. Only after passing these first two modes do you finally get to do the thing that you have been waiting to do: poo. In the final mode you must guide a hovering poo icon over a human target and try to drop it on them as accurately as possible. Even though it appears the developers have never actually seen a pigeon poo (it is a small bird, not a German Shepherd, guys) the joy of soiling an innocent makes these few seconds the most fun.
After that, it starts over. As you loop through, the backgrounds and items change slightly and controlling the pigeon becomes more difficult. All that trash in his stomach makes him handle like he is on a hot griddle with butter skates on.
All in all, Pigeon Poo gets old pretty quickly. It’s not without its charms, and would be a lot of fun in the hands of a youngster. However, if you are looking for something that will hold your interest for more than a few minutes, you’ll want to let this bird go free.
Think this game’s juvenile? Well, so is your mom.
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