Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken – now that’s a game with a name. I’ve never played the original PC or PS3 game and I can’t remember playing as a fully armed chicken that looks like a miniature Hulk Hogan. It’s interesting times ahead.
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is a gorgeous cartoony side-scrolling adventure game with lots of insane frantic shooting. Little Feet lovers turn away now cos its the penguin species that is ammo fodder in this one. Solving puzzles, tracking down the correct swipe card and inflight combat company the mayhem and the cinematic delivery. I love a great intro to a game and Rocketbirds certainly delivers. It really catches you off guard and brings a smile to your face. Science fiction space rockers New World Revolution provide the opening soundtrack and both soundtrack and intro movie work so well together. Both song and game cover the subject of oppression and fighting for freedom. A serious subject but don’t worry, with all the humour and cartoony game play you can easily forget the underlying message here. The aim of the game is to fight your way through the army of heavily armed penguins and overthrow the government. Easy? Let’s see.
Being a platform game it is all about triggering lift switches, shoving boxes to reach higher ledges and jumping from one platform to another. With added touches like propaganda posters littered everywhere and you playing as a Steven Seagal Chicken, Hardboiled Chicken definitely has its own individual stamp. Pistols, assault rifles, grenades, shotguns and Uzis can all be picked up along the way which can help make for a safer escape. The clever touch screen Vita controls come in handy here, making a quick change of gun type super-fast. The gun battles are never that challenging, but still enjoyable. Blast away too much with your Uzi and the unlucky enemy will be sent skyward and remain in the air levitating David Blaine style, until you release the trigger. Also the added help of medi packs and dropped ammo from unlucky blooded stiff penguins make the way forward slight easier. Unfortunately you can’t jump and shoot but you can duck and shoot.
One great little feature your chicken has is the ability to take control of enemy soldiers. Using your brain bugs can possess the nearest enemy and then walk amongst your foes. Then you can trigger switches which could not be accessed in your own skin and take out the odd soldiers as well. A simple bullet to your head returns you back to chicken form. A break to the gun action sees you don your jackpack and become the Rocketeer for a few brief minutes. Here the battle in the sky is fun and simple with great animations.
There is a big emphasis on the puzzle-solving aspect of the game but don’t worry, you won’t find yourself stuck in a frustrated state for too long. The cut scenes and soundtrack throughout the game are so fresh and clever too. Rocketbirds has a whole heap of trophies including a platinum and the co-op adds a longer lifespan to the brilliance of the game.
With the added humour Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken definitely offers PS Vita gamers a great title here. Everything is easy to grasp and never a real challenge. A pretty unique game and devolopers Ratloop have certainly brought something different to the PS Vita table.
7.5 / 10 Lizard rating – Dipping in the water to cool down
Release Date: February 12, 2013