A downloadable bird garden for Windows and macOS
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:
- 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?
also, thanks to everyone in my playtest discord & to my 27 lovely patrons!
|Tags||2D, ai, ambience, birds, Board Game, nature, nemesis, Pixel Art, Singleplayer, tic-tac-toe|
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:
Also available on
- (small AB test experiment)Mar 12, 2021
- Canada Goose Update & Streaming with h heron this afternoon!Mar 11, 2021
- Reacting to the "Nemesis Patent" (droqen.com blog post)Feb 26, 2021
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Where is the save file for this game?
On windows, my save data is located in this folder:
Very interesting minigame. I especially liked the work done on the real-time ambience; it was very cool to see how the game independently kept track of birds' scores in real time, even when you weren't actively spectating at their tables. Some ideas:
Thanks for including this in the Palestine bundle; I might have never known of its existence otherwise.
With some time and distance away from Tic-Tac-Crow, it was really lovely to read your thoughts. I agree with all of the feedback and suggestions you've proposed here. I'm not sure if or when I will return to this game to tidy up the design, but thanks for sharing this comment. And thanks for noticing the level of weird detail I put into the simulation ;) I really want those distant table pecks!
P.S. It's possible to cheat and have the birds rage, but you have to be very fast - a quick "swipe" with the mouse works. It was designed for touch, so the input there is touching two squares at the same time, which makes a bit more sense.
Very cute game! I'd love to see a shima enaga ^^
WOW I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT TOO. That bird is so cute.
I might do a new version of Tic-Tac-Crow with a different game for you to play with the birds, and if I do that I will do my best to remember to add a shima enaga <3
do dots and boxes if you do another one
Man if only i had the budget xd
I saw the gameplay and it looks relaxing :D
This may come as a surprise, but I would love a Robin ;)
It's spring and the robins are arriving in Toronto (where I live) and I would also love a robin... hmmmm...
I did bird
I love the evolution of this from your previous tic tac toe game. So much personality from each bird.
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 :)