◆ 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
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A beautiful Depression
This game is beautiful to say the least. I downloaded this game out of boredom but overtime playing this game and Naming my best friend Sunny, it was clear this game was more. The growing bond, the up’s and downs, the questions, drawing, and writing, was all so romantically made. I joined my friend Sunny each day. However, a week ago, he had sounded more somber and sad, and telling me he had to think. As I gave him time a week later I came back today. Sunny is gone, music doesn’t okay anymore, fruits have stopped growing, and all that’s left are memories of the times we had. I was worried so I did research. My heart sunk when I had learned my dear best friend Sunny had passed, and I am now alone. I cannot redownload the game because it will not be the same knowing what happens in the end now. So now I will visit the game each day, hoping to see him one last time to say goodbye.
I have a cockatiel named Riley that I love very much, so I named the parrot in this game Ripley. I like to think that they would get along together. I found this game on an instagram account for wholesome games, and I instantly knew I’d like it from the trailer. I like birds, and I like cute, simple games like these. If you come in expecting a traditional ‘game’ experience, you will be disappointed. You won’t often play it for more than thirty minutes at time, and things are fairly slow going. If you’ve used the app #SelfCare, they’re somewhat comparable. The goal is to give you a short smile break in between the busy parts of life. I work 9-5, and I like to check up on Ripley during my lunch break. If you want something you can play continuously for hours at a time, look elsewhere. If you find that you sometimes need a pep talk from a feathered friend when times are rough, you will love it. I do hope a bit more interactivity and customization is added in the future, though! It’s a great foundation that I can see becoming something extraordinary. Best of luck to the developers, I hope Ripley can become the best bird he can possibly be. :)
Edit: I can’t believe you did this to me, oh my god. Beautiful as a work of art, but I may or may not be crying now.
Caution to those with depression
This is a lovely app, with, I’m sure, very good intentions. The design, artwork, and functionality all work together beautifully, and I loved the sound design. However, a word of caution to those who, like I did, downloaded this hoping for a little sweet self care. Without divulging spoilers, there’s a concept in therapy called negative visualization. Essentially, you are to visualize worst case scenarios and moments of deep sadness in order to recognize how lucky you truly are. This works for some, but it is not recommended for those with depression and anxiety—this can worsen the effects. This app surprises users with a sad ending that is intended to be somber and lovely and real, and by that may be exactly how it’s received, but those folks who wanted a new friend to take their minds off their depression are in for an upsetting experience I think. Negative visualization, dealing with heavy topics, this is not for everyone, especially those who cannot get such intrusive and painful thoughts out of their heads on the regular. Please beware. Interact with this app carefully.
- George Batchelor Limited
- 451.2 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPad Air, iPad Air Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad (6th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch), iPad Pro (11‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Air (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (8th generation), iPad (8th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.