It is well documented that birds and planes don’t mix well in the real world, which is why it makes so much sense that you can’t play them together on your PC. Of Bird and Cage is a game that is as weird as it is awesome, and it is hard to put your finger on what exactly it is that makes it so remarkable. This is a game that will make you feel a wide range of emotions, and it will leave an unforgettable mark on your mind. While it is far from perfect, it is a must play game that belongs on every gamer’s wish list.

“On a quiet night, with a cup of hot tea in hand, I am going to tell you of a story that has been with me for the last four and a half years. It is a story that has defined me as a player and it is a story that I only share with those closest to me. I have never written about it, never told it to anyone, but today I feel that it is time. On this night, I will break the silence and share my story.”

word-image-7596 Developed by Capricia Productions and published by All in ! Games, Of Bird and Cage is a unique, dark and twisted game centered around a metal music album. Of Bird and Cage, which features some of the best bands, is described as a metal music album presented as a video game. Like the music genre it is based on, the game deals with dark and depressing themes and requires a strong heart to get through. Here’s our review of Of Bird and Cage, a game where our choices determine the future of our story as we try to deal with everything around us. Bird and Cage tells the story of Gitta, who works as a waitress to make ends meet while making music. Gitta’s life became a roller coaster ride from a young age, as she was traumatized by her father’s abuses and arguments with her mother. Gitta is now an adult, but her past still haunts her, and so she is addicted to a drug called GSBV. If she doesn’t take the medication regularly, she starts hallucinating, seeing fire, crows, and narrowing her field of vision. It’s not really hard to get this drug into the game, as I could find them in key places that were hard to miss. word-image-7597 The game’s storyline follows her life and shows how she gets stifled in her job, dealing with her father, an abusive boyfriend and a boss who is equally bad in every way. This puts a strain on Gitta’s psyche, and she often falls into nightmares from which you must help her escape. There is no open world in Of Bird and Cage, but each level has many secrets and story elements you can collect to increase your understanding of the current storyline and Gitta’s past. You can move around, play with and collect all kinds of objects. Or Bird and Cage depends largely on your choices. There are four epilogues, each with its own unique ending, which are unlocked when certain conditions are met. They are all based on the decisions you make in the very first chapter of the game. The story consists of three acts with different chapters. If you’re in a hurry, you can finish the game in about 3 hours, but if you stick to the game’s advertised speed, you’ll take about 4 hours, or even longer if you repeat sections to complete many QTEs. word-image-7598 The gameplay of Of Bird and Cage contains a lot of QTEs, and your next move depends on whether or not you pass these QTEs. Some of the main QTEs you have to win to progress in the story, but some of them don’t require you to unlock the quests in that particular chapter. This encourages you to revisit the chapters to unlock all the quests and explore different options later. Each chapter of the game consists of several sections where you go back to Gitta’s past or current events in her life. As your actions and decisions progress, you’ll reach your unlocked epilogue and then you can move on to the end. In fact, the developer says that Of Bird and Cage is a music album presented as a video game, so music plays an important role in the game. Since Gitta is played by Kobra Paige, you will also hear her songs from Kobra and the Lotus in the game. Moreover, the game has an extensive list of famous bands and their rock songs. The music accompanies every scenario in the game, especially during the dark scenes, where it really picks up the pace and makes the blood beat faster. The soundtrack is one of the best aspects of the game, which is why I recommend playing with your headphones. word-image-7599 Overall, I liked The Bird and the Cage, mainly because it is dark and shows how damaging events are to one’s psyche and ultimately lead to addiction. But not all games are perfect, and unfortunately there was one mechanism in the game that I didn’t really like. This particular mechanic is the timer that literally pops up in every part of the game, forcing you to rush through levels instead of taking your time and soaking up the atmosphere of the game. The levels are very well designed and I often felt like exploring each level, but the timer forced me to drop everything and run frantically to solve puzzles or find objects quickly. The timer makes sense when I need to do something and go fast, but not giving me enough time to explore the level even when there’s nothing around is just weird. It feels like, for some reason, the developers don’t want players to control every detail of the levels. Every time I had a chance to explore and look around, a timer would appear, and that ruined my mood because I had to rush instead of taking the time to look at the details and play out the level at my own pace. word-image-7600 The first part isn’t as satisfying because sometimes you spend the entire time trying to figure out what to do, and by the time you figure it out, time is running out and you fail the task. There’s also no way to restart the sequence, because if you restart it, it restarts the whole chapter and you have to start all over again. I recommend going with the flow on your first playthrough and figuring out how things work in each level, even if you can’t. The instructions are minimal, so you’ll have to figure it out yourself. Your second and all subsequent passes will be much better than the first. Technically, Of Bird and Cage seems to be in a pretty stable position. At one point the game crashed at the beginning when I was talking to the bartender, but the rest of the game went smoothly for me. During my testing, I played the game twice, once on a laptop and once on a desktop computer, both equipped with RTX 30 series GPUs and Ryzen 5000 processors. The visual quality of the game is not too demanding, but the game looks good as it switches from one scene to another depending on Gitta’s mood. The accompanying soundtrack is very good, and you’ll find some of the best metal songs from well-known bands in the game. The sound design of the game is excellent and fits the gameplay very well.

Final decision:

Of Bird and Cage is probably one of the best games when it comes to touching your soul and stirring your emotions while playing. The only aspect that makes the game lose a few points is the somewhat clunky gameplay and timer system, which I found the most annoying in the game. I understand that timers are a good, fun mechanic to put pressure on the player, but the timer in Of Bird and Cage feels like the developer is rushing through the game instead of taking in the environment and levels of the game. This forced rush was one of the biggest frustrations of the game for me. Other than that, I liked the concept and soundtrack of the game. The voice acting and tone of the dialogues is really good. It’s touching and will definitely hit you in all the right places. If you’re looking for a game with multiple endings, rushed gameplay, lots of QTEs and an emotional story, Of Bird and Cage is for you.

Final score: 7.5/10

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