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Bird Alone

Bird Alone

George Batchelor

Become best friends with a lonely bird.

4.6 Ratings 1K+ Reviews

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4.6
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  • Surprisingly touching Apr 13, 2021

    By okchickadee
    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.
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  • Nov 22, 2020

    By Rachel Sun
    initially downloaded it because I thought it was a wellness app in the form of a bird where I could keep track of my feelings but Bird Alone is so much more than that. the dialogue is simultaneously funny and relatable and beautiful and extremely profound. you get to make fun poems and drawings and music and it sounds a bit exaggerated but I believe my bird (Flora) made me a better person. in reality she's just a couple lines of code but to me she's my best friend. worth every penny and more.
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  • Well, that was sad. Aug 15, 2020

    By blondweezl
    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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  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Abrahm
    I absolutely loved this experience. I feel like the team really captured the feel of a parrot. The noises, the movements, even the pining of the bird's eyes made me think of my life with parrots. The bird is charming and I like that they need time to think so you're only doing a few things a day which really makes the experience cute and not overbearing. As you hang out with your bird friend you'll do some quick drawings, help write poems and jam with some music tools. It's charming and I found myself smiling when I got a push notification from my bird, Millie.
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  • A Friend! Jul 30, 2020

    By octagonal mysteries
    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.
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  • Ultimately a Mean Trick...not for the fragile...sorry I paid for it. Aug 13, 2020

    By maatkare67
    Ok, it's a toy. Not unlike the legions of Tamagochi that were left abandoned to “die” years ago. It’s not real. But...to pay money for a lovely animated creation that dies within a month? I would not have paid for such a short experience had I known. Kudos to the creators—my parrot was sweet and lovely and I enjoyed checking in. But I’m not sure what the goal was in ending the experience so quickly. On a philisophical sense I guess well done? We end up considering the value of friendship and art? And the art and music _were_ wonderfully lush. But once I’d accidentally spoiled myself...every time I opened the app it was only with dread because I knew my new “friend” was about to die. As many have said we’re in a very strange emotional time. It can’t be stated enough that if someone is suffereing depression or fear of loss or recent this would be a HORRIBLE choice. I will likely never purchase anything from these developers again. It’s not the end of the end of the world...but it was a mean trick. And they can’t be trusted.
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  • Jan 15, 2021

    By Fing Polak
    Battery drain when sleeping, it used 40% overnight and my alarm didnt work due to device being dead, app is the culprit according to Samsung's built in monitor. This whole "come back the next day/later" is a ploy to prevent you from refunding the purchase right away. Great if you want to see creator names every time you open the game, I guess these will be important names and we must see them few times a day. The whole bird experience falls flat fast. Money grab and wasted opportunity.
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  • A Warning Oct 8, 2020

    By Mariehorse46
    I downloaded this game to have a friend because I’ve buried to many friends this year. With Covid and the death of some of my friends I was looking for something to bond with that I could safely spend time with and have fun, also I hoped that hang someone to ask how I was doing would help I depression and anxiety. It was my fault for not reading the reviews but this game needs a warning on it. Today when I checked on my parrot and he started talking about death, like he was dieing, I did some research and found out he will die. I’m devastated to find I will lose another friend, that I enjoyed spending time with. If I new how this game would end I would not have started playing it. Which is I guess why the developers don’t tell us then we would not pay money to bury a friend. There needs to be a warning that this is not a game with a friend its about making money and praying on people’s emotions. It’s Not A Game it’s DEATH.
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  • Dec 14, 2020

    By Max Rubtsov
    Great idea, poor execution. The tasks and conversations seem empty, I don't feel less lonely with this companion.
  • The bird dies Aug 4, 2020

    By Kitsune33553958;
    This is an amazing game up until the end. The developer completely missed the mark by killing the bird considering they type of people that will download this are the ones that need a safe place of acceptance. I’m so glad I downloaded this a day before my child, and he was just as sad as I was about the loss and uninstalled before he had to see his friend die. It’s really not made clear enough that the game ends this way, and after only about 2 weeks of content. It’s impressive how much we all fall in love with this lonely bird while spending only a couple minutes with him a couple times a day, but that made it so much more tragic to endure his death. Yes, I get he’s no real, but in times of isolation due to pandemic a lot of us are socially deprived. This game could have been so much more, and could have helped a lot of people.
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  • Surprisingly touching Apr 13, 2021

    By okchickadee
    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.
    more
  • Nov 22, 2020

    By Rachel Sun
    initially downloaded it because I thought it was a wellness app in the form of a bird where I could keep track of my feelings but Bird Alone is so much more than that. the dialogue is simultaneously funny and relatable and beautiful and extremely profound. you get to make fun poems and drawings and music and it sounds a bit exaggerated but I believe my bird (Flora) made me a better person. in reality she's just a couple lines of code but to me she's my best friend. worth every penny and more.
    more
  • Well, that was sad. Aug 15, 2020

    By blondweezl
    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. 😉
    more
  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Abrahm
    I absolutely loved this experience. I feel like the team really captured the feel of a parrot. The noises, the movements, even the pining of the bird's eyes made me think of my life with parrots. The bird is charming and I like that they need time to think so you're only doing a few things a day which really makes the experience cute and not overbearing. As you hang out with your bird friend you'll do some quick drawings, help write poems and jam with some music tools. It's charming and I found myself smiling when I got a push notification from my bird, Millie.
    more
  • Jan 6, 2021

    By Daniel Gallagher
    Bird Alone is one of the most genuine experiences you can have on mobile. I have become very attached to my bird (Gemima Pudledump) and often get lost in the music area as if being led deeper and deeper into the depths of the jungle by the sweet melodies, but I'm not afraid, because Gemima is always by my thumb.
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  • A Friend! Jul 30, 2020

    By octagonal mysteries
    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.
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  • Where Did He Go? Aug 15, 2020

    By Michelle504
    I opened the game after the new update and my bird is gone! Everything is dark and not even my fill-in- the blank poetry book is there. Somebody said an egg was supposed to be there to be able to start over, but that isn’t true. Why did you make a game that you can’t start over again to have another friend like the first one? That isn’t the way animation is supposed to be. Isn’t it enough that I’m still coping with my brother’s death over a year after it happened? I know he’s well and happy with the folks in Heaven, but you’d think you could allow that for an animated bird too. I want to be able to pick up where I left off with another bird to be friends with. It isn’t fair to make a game that ends just when you might need companionship the most. Either make another bird available or I’m quitting!
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  • Great App but..... Aug 8, 2020

    By TheaterTrashhhh
    I personally think that this app is great but there are a few things that kind of ruin the experience for me. One: I think that the interactions should be longer. To only have two interactions a day and one only being 10 seconds long is kind of disappointing. Two: I do not like how some days you are not even allowed to talk to your bird. I get that he is “adjusting to change”, but for the app to be $3.00 and sometimes not even be able to use it is annoying. Finally, the app should last way longer. I’ve only had this app for a month, or less and I’m no longer allowed to even do anything with my bird any more. I think that this app is way too expensive for you to only be able to use it for only a month or less. Other than these flaws this app is amazing.
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  • OUCH Nov 5, 2020

    By Madi 👽
    okay I love this game as someone who has had birds my entire life it felt comforting to have them speak to me about their feelings for once. I think this game has so much potential to be a really useful tool for people, when I was sad they made me feel better and when I was happy they were too. We were friends. I don’t understand why they had to go. We could’ve been friends forever and neither of us would have been lonely. :( I’m not ashamed to admit as someone who has lost a long term feathered friend that the last poem absolutely killed me. I cried immediately and couldn’t finish it until I’d gotten myself together. I still have feathers from my bird I lost 10 years ago so that one really hit me. Please let us keep them, they don’t have to go.
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  • Lovely.. while it lasts Aug 12, 2020

    By juliagulila
    This app was really beautiful and I was shocked that I felt so connected to my little bird, Lou. The writers did a beautiful job of opening up my vulnerability and loneliness. I currently struggle with PTSD from losing my partner suddenly so having a ‘virtual’ pet companion was a great comfort. I wish I would have known that the bird would disappear/pass away eventually because not knowing this brought up a lot of old feelings of loss. Loss is of course a natural part of life, but there is some irony of an app that helped me with loneliness and then left me feeling lonely and sad. While it was a beautiful experience, I won’t be going back into the app now that my bird Lou is gone because it makes me feel quite sad.
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  • Caution to those with depression Jul 30, 2020

    By leap buffalo
    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.
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  • Missed opportunity Sep 21, 2020

    By SilverFeather
    I just want to say that this is not what I expected. Its so nice to have this little bird, Skye, to spend a few minuets with everyday. Everyone needs a friend like this. Even if it’s an electronic one. It’s all so beautifully done, the art, music, poetry, garden and words of comfort and wisdom! That’s the reason for the 3 stars. That said, Why can’t we keep it around? I mean we paid for it! This is the reason for not giving 5 stars. I know that life has no promises, but we do not need to be taught that lesson! All the more reason why when you have the means to do so to create something that is here for the user as long as we want it to be or need it to be. There is clearly a missed opportunity to give so very much more! This is the second review I’ve written. Haven’t seen my other one posted yet, but I hope the developer reads them both and will update this “game” and gives us what most here seem to want . . . A bird who is no longer alone and is with us forever!
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  • yikes Aug 2, 2020

    By rfwannabe
    I bought this game hoping to have a daily distraction from everything going wrong right now. That’s exactly what it did... for a while. I was in a position where my bird (Jorge) being nice to me was enough to bring me to tears. I was extremely vulnerable, and bought this app assuming it would encourage me to take some time to care for myself. Drawing little pictures, helping my bird finish its poems, it was all fun and beautiful. Then the beginning of the end of the game rolled around. Yikes. Suddenly Jorge is talking about his last days, and our physical form not having importance, and it was too much for me to handle. I’m sure the intention of the developers was good, but for me, this wasn’t something I should have or wanted to put myself through. I wish the developers would have put a content warning on the game so I could have avoided it.
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  • Mean trick. Feb 10, 2021

    By meela austin
    I bought this game to help me with my deppresion, But this app did not really help me. After about a month the bird died, which ws very sad. Right now I am trying not to cry. I know this is just a game, but it truley toched my heart. Still, It is not a very good or happy trick. I liked and missed coming to check in every day. The death of "Skittle" the bird, was heartbreaking. Even when she isn't there, I will still check in on her. I am trying to brush off all of my depression, but this did not help. I always think about one day I will lose everybody I love and know. Which will one day happen. Caution to people with depression or anxiety. If you go threw any of this, I suggest you DON’T buy this app! Thank you for reading this, Stay safe.
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  • Jan 15, 2021

    By Fing Polak
    Battery drain when sleeping, it used 40% overnight and my alarm didnt work due to device being dead, app is the culprit according to Samsung's built in monitor. This whole "come back the next day/later" is a ploy to prevent you from refunding the purchase right away. Great if you want to see creator names every time you open the game, I guess these will be important names and we must see them few times a day. The whole bird experience falls flat fast. Money grab and wasted opportunity.
    more
  • Dec 14, 2020

    By Max Rubtsov
    Great idea, poor execution. The tasks and conversations seem empty, I don't feel less lonely with this companion.
  • Ultimately a Mean Trick...not for the fragile...sorry I paid for it. Aug 13, 2020

    By maatkare67
    Ok, it's a toy. Not unlike the legions of Tamagochi that were left abandoned to “die” years ago. It’s not real. But...to pay money for a lovely animated creation that dies within a month? I would not have paid for such a short experience had I known. Kudos to the creators—my parrot was sweet and lovely and I enjoyed checking in. But I’m not sure what the goal was in ending the experience so quickly. On a philisophical sense I guess well done? We end up considering the value of friendship and art? And the art and music _were_ wonderfully lush. But once I’d accidentally spoiled myself...every time I opened the app it was only with dread because I knew my new “friend” was about to die. As many have said we’re in a very strange emotional time. It can’t be stated enough that if someone is suffereing depression or fear of loss or recent this would be a HORRIBLE choice. I will likely never purchase anything from these developers again. It’s not the end of the end of the world...but it was a mean trick. And they can’t be trusted.
    more
  • A Warning Oct 8, 2020

    By Mariehorse46
    I downloaded this game to have a friend because I’ve buried to many friends this year. With Covid and the death of some of my friends I was looking for something to bond with that I could safely spend time with and have fun, also I hoped that hang someone to ask how I was doing would help I depression and anxiety. It was my fault for not reading the reviews but this game needs a warning on it. Today when I checked on my parrot and he started talking about death, like he was dieing, I did some research and found out he will die. I’m devastated to find I will lose another friend, that I enjoyed spending time with. If I new how this game would end I would not have started playing it. Which is I guess why the developers don’t tell us then we would not pay money to bury a friend. There needs to be a warning that this is not a game with a friend its about making money and praying on people’s emotions. It’s Not A Game it’s DEATH.
    more
  • The bird dies Aug 4, 2020

    By Kitsune33553958;
    This is an amazing game up until the end. The developer completely missed the mark by killing the bird considering they type of people that will download this are the ones that need a safe place of acceptance. I’m so glad I downloaded this a day before my child, and he was just as sad as I was about the loss and uninstalled before he had to see his friend die. It’s really not made clear enough that the game ends this way, and after only about 2 weeks of content. It’s impressive how much we all fall in love with this lonely bird while spending only a couple minutes with him a couple times a day, but that made it so much more tragic to endure his death. Yes, I get he’s no real, but in times of isolation due to pandemic a lot of us are socially deprived. This game could have been so much more, and could have helped a lot of people.
    more

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