Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Review




  • A fun and engaging adventure story
  • Well-implemented 3D display mode
  • Easy to play shooter game

Hardboiled Chicken is a rooster with a mission - to assasinate the totalitarian penguin leader. He goes all out to destroy enemies with a slew of weapons and discover the secrets to his past while uncovering the real enemies of Albatropolis. Many lives will be destroyed and countless penguins will die!  


This game is a shooter in which you use Hardboiled Chicken to run around solving mazes and puzzles to complete the mission. Rocketbirds contains both solo and co-op modes. There are a total of 15 consecutive chapters in the solo campaign, where you can be sure to look out for hard challenges and difficult bosses as the character's life is only one filled bar. The story's cut scenes are relatively funny and interactive while fleshing out the plot fully. 

Chickens vs Penguins - all the birds are angry in this game.


The co-op campaign offers a different, albeith easier challenge. The 10-chapter co-op mode is similar to the solo campaign, with tweaks to the game's puzzles and battles that require teamwork to overcome. You play as the Budgie commandos, who are on a mission to save the general's daughter. You'll find it easier than the solo campaign, as you can be trigger happy with a friend covering you.


Rocketbirds was developed in stereoscopic 3D, and can be played in 3D on 3D TVs and any 3D monitors. The game's developer, Ratloop Asia, has done a good job translating the game for 3D play, giving this 2D sidescroller a 3D feel with environments and backgrounds that appear to have depth. For those who do not own a 3D TV or monitor, the game offers the option to toggle between display modes.


The game augments this immersion with atmospheric environments and background music as well as realistic sound effects. You'll be sure to feel the great intensity of battle or death despite Rocketbirds being a side-scrolling affair. 


The game's challenge is muted somewhat by the  developer's generousity in providing health restorations and ammo at just about every turn. The easy accessibility of guns more or less ensures that you will end up with a weapon arsenal ranging from fully automatic guns to pistols.


The game mixes up the action with blazing guns and chickens in jetpacks for the bonus stage.


There are unlockable mini-stories that you can watch if you wish to take a break from the solo or so-op missions. It's a nice reward for playing through the missions.

Players may find themselves very attached to the game after a few stages, as the game's action becomes addictive after sometime. The effects of gameplay can be compared to the classic Metal Slug series.



For its price, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is great value for your entertainment dollar. Exciting and breathtaking, this is a shoot-to-kill game with user friendly menus, easily accessible items, 3D display capability and an entertaining story.

If you are still hesitating, just log into your Playstation Network and get a copy of this game. Trust me, you will be addicted after a while.  


By Benjamin Tan


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