◆ Become best friends with the loneliest bird in the world ◆
A journey of growth and loss with a best friend.
Talk about life, make music, draw pictures and write poetry.
Start each day answering your new friend's questions about life, death and the meaning of existence.
Guide the bird through daily life as it confronts the same worries as the rest of us.
◆ What's your favourite colour?
◆ Where are all my friends?
◆ Do you ever think about death?
What will your best friend ask you today?
◆ Draw a picture for the Art Gallery
◆ Write a poem together for the Book of Poetry
◆ Unlock today's plant for the Musical Garden
◆ Rub its belly
Watch each day turn to night
Ponder the changing seasons
Face the heaviness of growing old with a best friend.
Maybe this bird won't be so lonely after all.
* Minimum required device: iPhone 6S or similar *
Content warning: Bird Alone contains themes and discussion of death. User discretion is advised for those sensitive to this topic.
• Dialogue edits
• Fixed some things
Ratings and Reviews
Befriend a lonely parrot in the poignant Bird Alone. Your peppy new buddy is inquisitive and thoughtful; check in every day to compose poetry, make music, and chat about existential topics. As your friendship grows, so does the game, transforming empty spaces into blooming gardens and art-filled museums. It turns out the bird isn’t alone after all. And neither are you.
I knew going in that my little bird friend—who I named Jubjub—was not going to be around forever (which admittedly feels a little goofy given that parrots live for decades, but suspension of disbelief and all that). I think I would have lost interest pretty quickly if he’d just been a self-care buddy to check in on every so often, but I did want to make use of the limited time we had together, so I kept popping in to do whatever Jubjub wanted to do. It felt kinda like I was indulging the game, and sometimes I tapped through the cute conversations a little impatiently, but it was nice to have him cheer me on and be consistently positive and supportive.
And then on our last day together, I got a little sentimental and took a screencap of him in our fully-grown garden... and got a bit teary-eyed, to my surprise. I didn’t think I would! I didn’t feel like I had been that attached to him. Still, we made a beautiful garden together, and a nice book, and a gallery. People and animals leave our lives, and it made me think a little bit of my father-in-law who passed a couple years ago. Even if you’re not the closest to each other, it’s really beautiful to have existed in the same space together for a while.
you hurt me, but i forgive you
Hear me out. when i downloaded this app, i was just looking for a fun little friend. immediately, i was blown away by the visuals, the sound effects, and the dialogue. Just wonderful. i had a bird. i named him Beeps. we wrote poetry together. i immediately texted my friends and told them to download the app, because never before had an app changed my life for the better with such little effort. i told one of them that if i didn’t have a cat now, i would just leave it open all day to hang with that sweet little dude.
cut to yesterday when i read the reviews for the first time. i was genuinely devastated. i now watch my little man fade away in real-time, like everything else in this world that isn’t the DIGITAL PARROT I THOUGHT WOULD NEVER LEAVE ME.
listen. if you’re going to pull something like this, you gotta make it clearer. to be fair, maybe the blame is on the app store for improperly marketing this particular offering. i still have the app because my cat likes to watch the little swirly line that follows my finger when i draw on the screen, so it wasn’t entirely a waste of money. the philosophy of the story is cool and all, but if i wanted to fall deeply in love with a creature that would eventually perish, i’d do it in real life, and for free.
make a version that doesn’t die, please.
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- George Batchelor Limited
- 451.2 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- © 2020 George Batchelor
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.