HEY GUYS DO YOU LIKE VIDEOGAMES AND ALSO NATURE
THEN PRETTY PLEASE HELP ME SPREAD THIS AROUND!
So basically at PAX East this year, I invited my sister to come with me for a day. If you know me even a little bit, you know I like games and nature and birds and OUTDOOOORS. Well, minus the games, and MULTIPLY EVERYTHING ELSE, and you get my sister.
She and I were wandering the Expo hall when we stumbled across a small indie game: Birdopolis. Since we were both avid birders, we were intrigued. We asked what it was about, and the staff/dev team were happy to answer our questions. And we fell in love.
At its core, Birdopolis is a Facebook game (although maybe if it gets funding, it’ll move to other platforms) that has a few innovative gameplay mechanics to drive it forward. First, the birds talk to you. You are essentially the owner of this run-down back yard (you can choose whether you want it to be on the East or West coast; this choice determines what kind of birds you’ll see flying around). It’s your job to spiff up your yard with decorations and by clearing out nasty things, and that attracts birds to your yard! But not just any regular birds: these birds have lives, they have stories!
One bird’s wife got kidnapped, while a Starling Detective needs your help to find out who stole the seeds from the birdfood store! There’s drama, there’s passion, there’s excitement…and there’s dancing. You see, when you spot a bird, you get to take a picture of it to put into your field guide! But it won’t just sit still for you, oh no—you have to find the best shot by catching it doing a cool dance move!
"Alright," you’re thinking. "Cool enough premise. But give me something MORE."
WELL THEN HOW ABOUT THIS: EVERY BIRD’S COLORATIONS, SOUNDS, AND DESCRIPTIONS ARE ACCURATE. What, you don’t think that’s a big deal? It is SUCH a big deal! This game will not just help you have fun and kill some time, it’ll help you identify the birds you see around you in your day-to-day life! It’s accurate without shoving it down your throat—you can choose how much you really want to learn about these birds. But come on. They’re so adorable. How can you RESIST?
That’s basically how a backyard looks—your neighbors are your friends, and you get to see more birds by going to their yards.
COME ON GUYS LOOK AT THESE BIRDS:
I’ve been playing the alpha and the beta a LOT and I can definitely say that this game has SO MUCH POTENTIAL. I’ve seen it come so far already since PAX East, and as a birder and a naturalist I have never been happier with how scientifically accurate these birdies are portrayed. So please, please, consider donating to their kickstarter? And even if you can’t donate (but come on—look at those prizes. A “Rock out with your Hawk out” pin? S O L D.) at least please spread this around, not just in the hopes of funding a fantastic game by a great indie company, but also to inspire some people to want to learn just a little bit more about the natural world around them.