This brilliant follow on from the browser based game Rocketbirds: Revolution! Is truly one of the best side scrolling platform games I’ve played in a long time.
Hardboiled Chicken, the original Coq of War, must assassinate the evil penguin leader Putzki. His mission will unlock the secrets to his mysterious, hard boiled past and uncover the real enemies of Albatropolis.
Upon first playing the game, the entire feel of Rocketbirds reminded me a lot of Abe’s Oddysee, after the action packed introduction Hardboiled Chicken’s jetpack was lost in amongst one of Putzkis evil bases and you must navigate Hardboiled Chicken through each section eliminating the penguin guards.
Shooting at the enemy is probably one of the most sadistically satisfying parts of this game, there’s nothing better than mashing the fire key to fill one of the enemies with bullets until they burst with feathers letting you know that you’ve successfully killed them.
The game play is terribly immersive and even though I’ve never played a Rocketbirds game before, it didn’t matter. It didn’t take me long to work out that Hardboiled Chicken’s mission was to find and eliminate Putzki.
Not only is this game a fantastic platform game, it’s also full of puzzle like tasks that involve some thinking, not too much I might add, but enough to make the game interesting, and did I mention that there’s an entire chapter dedicated to aerial combat – well something along those lines..
Along the way you’ll collect a vast arsenal of weapons to help destroy the waves of penguin guards and evil Hardboiled clones as well as ammo crates, medi packs and coloured door key cards. I almost forgot to mention Brain Bugs.. I wont go into too much detail, but they’re probably the best part of the game.. They’re similar to grenades, once you go to throw them you’re given a line in which the bug will be thrown. If thrown correctly and the Brain Bug pops near an unsuspecting enemies head, the penguin soldier starts doing the most hilarious movements and head wobbles and I’m sure there’s a brain fart at some point too until *poof* a plume of green comes out of the penguins ear and now you have control.
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken also works incredibly well with controllers. Each time I’ve continued playing the game I’ve used my Xbox 360 Controller for Windows and I have to say, it suits perfectly.
Another incredible part of this game is the soundtrack. New World Revolution have done a brilliant job capturing the sound of the game through the music and the developers have done an awesome job playing it in all the right places! Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is really worth playing just for the soundtrack alone!
So what’s new? Those of you who have a PS3 may know that Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken has been available on the PSN for a while now, well from today, it’s also available on Steam right here and will include an offline AND online co-op where you and a friend can tackle the penguin army together, chapter by chapter.
I think this game deserves a huge round of applause for bringing the classic platformer feel back onto my life but tweaking it just the right amount to create a truly great game.
If you’ve never played any of the Rocketbirds games I truly recommend it, they’re funny, challenging, great to play, and you’ll probably find yourself playing it into the wee small hours of the night.