This may come as a surprise, but I would love a Robin ;)
A downloadable bird garden for Windows and macOS
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:
- 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.
- 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?
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:
- (small AB test experiment)38 days ago
- Canada Goose Update & Streaming with h heron this afternoon!39 days ago
- Reacting to the "Nemesis Patent" (droqen.com blog post)52 days ago
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I did bird
I love the evolution of this from your previous tic tac toe game. So much personality from each bird.