Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Review
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Ratloop Asia
Pub: Ratloop Asia
Release: October 18, 2012
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language

The ground action is broken up with a few chapters of aerial combat. Strapping on a jetpack (that looks like a beer keg with a nuclear symbol on it), you'll zip through the air using the control stick for 360 degree movement, taking out enemy airborne units as they are launched from zeppelins. It's a nice deviation from the ground combat, but there is one thing I can't help but be frustrated with. With a large space of air yet a substantially zoomed-in camera, keeping track of where the enemies are becomes the biggest challenge. Sometimes an arrow will indicate the enemy's off-screen direction, but sometimes it won't. I can't fathom why this isn't a permanent indicator. But it's still fun combat, and there's nothing like having a heat-seeking missile tailing you, only to maneuver yourself to have that rocket obliterate the enemy that launched it.

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Screenshot

The multiplayer co-op doesn't follow the same campaign as the single-player, so you can get more out of your purchase by playing with a friend. However, the difficulty is still minimal; in fact, the game doesn't compensate A.I. tactics for two players.


Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is a thoroughly enjoyable experience; unfortunately, the game itself isn't very thorough. The campaign can be completed in just a few hours, with the multiplayer co-op adding maybe a couple more. Besides earning the few achievements you may have missed in your first playthrough, there's little reason to return. It's only ten dollars for the PC download, but we should still expect more than a one-day-then-done deal for our money.

Sean Engemann
Freelance Writer
November 6, 2012

The backgrounds are beautifully colored and detailed, but the character models look dated.
The PC version needs a controller for best results. Hardboiled doesn't stop and start on a dime, but otherwise the controls are very responsive
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The New World Revolution tracks are the highlight. The rest is only so-so
Play Value
It's fun and entertaining, only way too short and with little replayability
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Set out on a mission to assassinate the totalitarian penguin leader as Hardboiled Chicken.
  • Destroy enemies with a slew of weapons and illuminate the secrets to his past while uncovering the real enemies of Albatropolis.
  • Uncover the truth about the totalitarian regime and Hardboiled's mysterious past through unlockable cutscenes. and music videos.
  • Gameplay, cutscenes, and videos set to exclusive tracks from indie rock band New World Revolution

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