A downloadable bird garden for Windows and macOS

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Tic-Tac-Crow is also available on iOS! My first mobile game! <3

what is this?

This is a little ambient bird garden simulator that evolves as you play. Birds come and go, and in the meantime you can play tic-tac-toe with them:

  • Sparrows.
  • Crows. (my favourite.) (plus a special crow that might be a raven?)
  • Flocks of pigeons.
  • Sulphur-crested cockatoos.

Also a goose will be added soon in an update! If you have any requests, please let us know in the comments what other birds you'd love to see :)

And, though we don't have a video up yet, the game has very nice subtle ambiences and the sounds of little pitter-pattering, wings flapping, tweeting, cawing, and crowing for you to enjoy, even when you don't feel like playing a game of tic-tac-toe.

p.s. the nemesis system

If you're reading this, the Nemesis system patent is in effect (or is just about). When I set out to make a game for the Nemesis Jam, I really wasn't expecting to find the document so educational and inspiring.

The working title for Tic-Tac-Crow was "My Tic-Tac-Toe Nemesis is a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo!"; it was made for the Nemesis Jam, a prompt to "make something in any way regarding this system." So, I made a game about birds with individual traits and parameters (My system calls them STATS and QUIRKS) that change in response to player action and other things... and we crafted a living, breathing world out of this dynamic. Birds play against each other, and you can see their individual personalities in motion!

There's no way to explicitly view these in-game (you can dig through the save file, it's pseudo-plaintext), but STATS are numerical values that every bird has (e.g. their hidden level is directly related to how good their Tic-Tac-Toe-playing AI is), while QUIRKS are pairs of triggers and reactions.

e.g.

  • When my opponent cheats, I cheat back.
  • When the player joins my table, I make a happy noise.

I think this all combines to create a great sense of individuality between birds, and it's something I'd like to continue using in future projects - as well as continue to work on this one.

I don't even know if what I've developed constitutes patent infringement or not, and it's frustrating to imagine a future where game design is fraught with this type of worry.

There's not much I can do about patent law, but maybe this tiny protest will make a tiny difference.

(Also, I'm publishing it on the App Store soon, which will hopefully serve to lend it extra legitimacy!)

who made this?

droqen

h heron

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also, thanks to everyone in my playtest discord & to my 27 lovely patrons!

Purchase

Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this bird garden you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Tic-Tac-Crow (windows) 30 MB
Version 4
Tic-Tac-Crow (macos) 33 MB
Version 4

Development log

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This may come as a surprise, but I would love a Robin ;)

I did bird

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I love the evolution of this from your previous tic tac toe game. So much personality from each bird.

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hell yeah! thank you for picking up on the connection, i had a lot of fun applying lots of the stuff i learned from the response to that game :)