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Songbird Symphony

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A heart-warming journey of discovery, as orphaned chick 'Birb' sets off to find his true origins. Follow this cheerful little bouncing bird who revels in singing, and guide him through this magical journey of stunning pixel art and gorgeous animation that shapes itself to your musical interactions! Chirp to activate platforms, and sing to the residents of the forest, learning new notes to aid you in captivating rhythm battles against the creatures of this sprawling, enchanting world. In this journey of self-discovery, Birb will come across dozens of cheery denizens with joyful and bubbly animations. Fly your way across areas rendered in beautiful pixel graphics as you learn more about the tales of the forest. Come to the aid of the creatures of the forest to find hidden musical notes scattered across the levels. Your good deeds will release extra layers of beats that will blend harmoniously with the soundtrack, bringing further the atmosphere of the world to life.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Hello friends,
Today i will review the game SONGBIRD SYMPHONY. This is a rhythem game, so make sure you play this game with a controller. It is required to make it easier. This rhythem game gets progressively harder the further into the game you go. Also, the story is based on music. Whenever you meet someone new, you will get some musical songs. The story is also sweet and very nice. This is a perfect game for a young child. Anyways, here are my pros/cons:
PROS:
- A rhythem musical game with lots of button pushing.
- A nice story about finding yourself and where you belong.
- Musical stories.
- Hidden things.
- Secret areas.
- Great for young children and people who love rhythem games.
CONS:
- The game is easy at first, but the rhythem song games get harder and harder.
- A controller makes this game easier.
- The game seems too short.
If your a fan of rhythem games, I recommend this game. It is also a perfect game for young children. It has a really nice story and great message.

Review from Steam

I loved every second of this game.
This game is mainly a rhythm game with a slight bit of platforming, and puzzles! The artstyle in this game is very adorable and unique, combined with the smooth and fluid animation makes this game very charming. The story in this game is really simple yet heart-warming, the songs in this game are really catchy. I'd like an official OST for this game but sadly there isn't yet.
Now let's talk about the gameplay. The rhythm game part is very forgiving with your mistakes, and you can always retry to get a good rank. What makes this game unique is every birdy has their own gimmicks to make it more challenging. The platforming in this game is really easy because there are no hazards/punishments in this game, but there are lot of secrets so make sure to explore completely. Sometimes the puzzles can get a bit frustrating because you need to start all-over again. This game is pretty short so I recommend you to get all the achievements and get all "S" ranks.
Do I recommend playing this game? YES!

Review from Steam

Absolutely cute & adorable game. Plenty of rhythm battles alongside puzzles and quirky story & character moments. Relatively easy to pick up on the rhythm controls but hard to master them. Get it if you're looking for something pretty unique.

Review from Steam

If someone came up to me and said I should play a game that has no enemies, no lose conditions, easy puzzles, and basic platforming, I would say no. This game is beautiful, despite having so little, it feels so full and alive. The story is great and the characters are funny. If you are on the fence about the game like I was I would grab it, its a short 5-7 hour game that is light and will make you laugh. This is not to say that the game isnt hard, some of the songs or bosses for the game are very challenging despite not having a fail condition. I point out the lack of fail conditions simply because you do not have to be good at rythm games to see the story, you wont be blocked by a boss and stuck on it for 3 hours, nothing to worry about there.

Review from Steam

Animations are good, story made me cry, and finding collectibles in the platforming sections is fun. Rhythm game sections were fun for me, but I do NOT recommend this game to a person new to the genre. You'll have a lot of trouble keeping up with the difficulty curve if you're new.

Review from Steam

Preface and Additional Notes:
I found out about this game from some random video of someone playing through all the songs, but haven't seen anything of it past that, which I find a criminally low amount of attention. I'm also most likely gonna be more forgiving of some flaws due to the studio being made up of three people when they made this game. My opinions may also be influenced because I got this game while it was on sale, and roughly $4. The final note I feel is important is that I'm not a regular rhythm gamer, only having one or two other rhythm games, so I can't speak for how this compares to others.
What I Like:
This game is just the pure essence of charm, everything around the gameplay being great. The art is cute and colorful which I dig. The music is probably the best part of the game, every "boss" having a different genre, all of them sounding good. As for the gameplay itself, I found it to be quite fun most of the time. The game itself is quite chill and easy, being very hard for you to actually fail on the rhythm bits. Despite this, the songs aren't slow paced, or have minimal button inputs, quite the opposite in fact. While still not too hard, I found that getting S ranks proved to be quite the bit more difficult than just blazing through the game. Another thing I loved is that the main "collectible" of the game do something past increasing a number and letting you get past doors. You get them from helping people in the overworld bits, and every time you get one, the background music of said area gets more instruments. The last thing I'll talk about is the story, which I found heartwarming. I will admit is it quite generic, and you most likely won't get anything from it if you want something deep and intelligent. Despite this, I actually really enjoyed it, finding it quite emotional.
Things I Didn't Like/Things Other People Might not Like:
The game is super short, my personal play time lasting only around 3 hours, and that was with me 100%ing the game, talking to NPCs, and retrying songs here and there to try and get better ranks. The overworld gameplay is also kind of boring. Most of it is just unengaging platforming and box pushing puzzles. While this would be alright if it was just a few sections here and there, I'd say it takes up at least half of your playtime. As I listed before, the story is really predictable and generic. It's quite easy to find out almost all the story beats after just a couple songs. Another thing that was listed before is the game is super easy. Even with me fumbling up numerous times in some songs, I still always got an A rank or higher, which definitely didn't feel earned.
Overview and Tl;dr:
I personally think that the positives outweigh the negatives, and recommend this game. While the overworld may be somewhat unengaging, the rest of the game more than made up for it in my opinion. For $16 I may not recommend it so strongly, as spending that much for a game that only lasts 2-3 hours seems a bit wasteful when there's games with similar price points that have much more content. But if you can get this game while it's on sale, I'd definitely recommend it if it seems like your thing.
Tl;dr: The story is predictable, and the overworld is boring, but I find that everything around those two things make up for it. For $16 I'd be more hesitant on buying it, but if you can get it while it's on sale, go for it.

Review from Steam

Adorable game

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