Shoot the Birds is no turkey

Spoiler alert! If you like to shoot things, Shoot the Birds will allow you to shoot with impunity. Crows, geese and even fat flying turkeys. I know, animal rights activists will be appalled (and normally I would agree with them), but it’s all in self-defense. You’re a scarecrow who has to keep the beasts from scavenging your fields.

Hey, it’s a lot less violent than mowing down zombies.

I really love Infinite Dreams apps, if only because their CEO keeps sending me promo codes so I don’t have to pay for the review out of pocket. But I lost the code and had to pay, so this review is totally unbiased.

Shoot the Birds is a single skill game. You only need to aim arrows quickly, although it helps if you can aim strategically as well. The more birds you skewer with one arrow the better your score.

Some of the targets are relatively easy to hit, such as the plump turkeys who simply hover like low hanging fruit. Okay, I can’t always hit them but my son and grandkids will have no problems.

It’s a simple game, but so is the immensely popular fruit ninja. It’s also more challenging because the birds are harder to hit, especially in combination. As with many targeting games, the birds have a hierarchy. The crow is most common, the fat flying turkey frequent, and then the game throws in more challenging targets such as the quick darting robins and the high flying geese.

You have three challenges: shoot 50 birds, three at once and ten in a row. There may be more; I have only been able to succeed at two of them. It’s possible that completing all three opens up more. Once the game starts you have three minutes to shoot as many birds as you can.

The initial challenge is to hit 50 birds before the sun sets, hit ten in a row and three with one arrow. Maybe with practice I can get 50, but it hasn’t happened yet.

You aim the arrow by drawing a line in the direction you think the bird will fly. If you guess correctly you will skewer the bird, maybe even more than one. The game starts at sunrise and as you follow the fuse as the bottom the day progresses. Once the fuse burns all the way the moon rises and the game ends.

Shoot the Birds has only the one level, which doesn’t thrill me. I thought that the more birds you hit the longer the fuse would burn, but I haven’t been able to notice a difference between the length of the game when I try to hit birds or deliberately miss them. This is the only aspect of the game that I don’t care for, although it won’t matter to kids who like to shoot things.

If you skewer multiple birds you score a sheesh-ka-bob and collect more points. You earn credit even if you miss the first time and the arrow skewers them on the way down.

Graphically, the game is gorgeous. Infinite Dreams tends to provide users with unique and eye-catching art. I’ve always loved the jelly series characters and Shoot the Birds has a darker Tim Burton feel about it.

The designers played down the violence. Birds fall off the screen with little more than fluttering feathers. The game lacks the blood splatter of many shooting games, which is a plus for those of us who want our animals to die peacefully in their sleep. Not so much for shooters who want blood splashed across the screen.

Even though I’m not particularly fun of targeting games, Shoot the Birds definitely delivers, especially at the low price of $1. As your eye develops you can probably skewer six or seven in a row and take them home for a virtual bar-b-cue.

Jenny Manytoes rates Shoot the Birds

Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Shoot the Birds. But she has no qualms about skewering birds. It’s a cat thing. She doesn’t even bother with arrows, she has more twice as many claws as other cats. Sadly for Jenny, we don’t let her go outside because we don’t raise crops or consider birds to be pests.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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