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Game review: Zomby Birdy

janeyBy Janey Montebon Duterte

Here’s an interesting twist to the hugely successful Angry Birds franchise: what if the birds weren’t just angry; what if they are in fact ZOMBIES who are out to eat the poor pigs?

This is the angle that the Zomby Birdy game built its premise on. While some might dismiss it as just another Angry Birds spin-off, those who get past that label and trudge on to play this parody game would be pleasantly surprised. I know I was!

So here’s a quick background:

What It is: It’s a fun Physics game which can be played at gamesonly.com. The object of the game is deceptively simple: all you have to do is protect the pigs. It is, however, not as easy as you are initially led to think. You can use objects provided for each level to make zombie-proof pig pens by dragging these items using your mouse. Objects and pigs vary in each level, making for an exciting gameplay.

The Result:

The game starts with a cute story about an unfortunate little worm who happened to eat zombie flesh before getting eaten by a bird. The bird who digested the infected worm turned into a zombie bird who craves pig brains more than anything else.

Zomby Birdy was born when its game developer, a huge fan of physics games , thought one day how cool it would be to make one of his own. He tinkered with different game ideas until all of a sudden it dawned on him that the reason why the birds are so adamant to get past numerous obstacles just to get to the pigs could be because they are infected zombies. After all, what other creatures could have that kind of dogged determination? Yep you guessed it: zombies.

It’s quite an interesting way of looking at it actually.  After all, everything is about perspective, right? Take Super Mario for example. When you look at it from another angle, Mario is more or less a havoc-wreaking terrorist.

So back to Zomby Birdy. The clever storyline isn’t its best part. And no it isn’t the funny pigs either, or the varied objects per level. The best part is that it is challenging enough without being frustratingly difficult. It’s something cerebral that you can do on your free time which doesn’t make you pull your hair out in extreme frustration and self-directed disappointment.

The Verdict:

Though I’m not really the target market for online puzzle games, I was quite delighted when I played this one. I have gotten over Angry Birds several versions ago (and before it all erupted into one crazy money-making franchise) and the only remaining puzzle game I play in my android device has something to do with a stupid cat that needs saving. Nevertheless, I was in for a surprise when I came across this game. It is enjoyable but not too time-consuming. It is perfect for those times when you just want to kick off your shoes, let your hair down and enjoy an online puzzle.

The Rating: 4 out of 5. It’s a game that is teeming with potentials. The good news is, there’s a remake coming up. And with all the good things in the current version, we could definitely look forward to something even better. So head on over to http://www.gamesonly.com/puzzle-games/zomby-birdy.html and see what I’m talking about.

It’s not just about creating a game, in a very real sense, it’s like creating your own little universe.”

Khail Santia, Zomby Birdy Creator

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Note: The game developer hails from Quezon, Bukidnon, formerly based in Cagayan de Oro, and is currently living in Dumaguete City. Let’s all support our local, homegrown talents! 🙂

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