◆ 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.
Well, that was sad.
Like many other people here, I wasn’t prepared for how much the end of this game hurt my heart. Logically, I know it’s just an electronic game. Emotionally, though, it really did feel like losing a friend when the end came. I had to grieve for a few days, and I don’t think I could bring myself to experience the game again.
On the plus side, it did give me more awareness and compassion for other lonely people, and it reminded me to pay attention to the people I love, because you never know when they’re going to be gone. As part of processing my grief, I ended up writing a song about the experience. I called it “A Lovely Goodbye”, and it’s by Moon to Monk. Google it if you like. It’s free. I just wanted to share that because maybe it will comfort the other folks here who are somewhat shaken by this experience. Maybe we can start a support group. 😉
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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.
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- Age Rating
- © 2020 George Batchelor
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