League Of Extraordinary Birds HD ($0.99) by Sphinx Entertainment is yet another bird game. Sometimes I wish developers would give less celebrated animals a chance to star in a game rather than assuming a game needs a bird to be as successful as Angry Birds.
I think we, as iOS gamers, have convinced game developers that we’re madly in love birds. Anyway, at least the birds in League of Extraordinary Birds are cute. In fact, the graphics are colorful, crisp, and thoroughly adorable.
So what’s the point of the game? To fly, of course. This is an endless flying game where you’re gathering coins and avoiding enemies. There’s a plot line involving some captured baby birds, but really, it’s not central to the game.
Controlling your flying bird is done with tapping. You have to tap to stay in the air, and I don’t mean a little tap every now and then - it’s constant tapping in this game. It’s not the most efficient or enjoyable control schematic, but it works.
As you fly, you need to gather coins and avoid the enemies that line the sky by flying up and down. This is a fairly challenging task, because there an endless number of foes who want to remove you from the sky.
The green clouds are toxic, and running into them will stun your bird. They also release some kind of toxic spore that equates to an instant game over if you hit it. There are also red and black clouds, which drop bombs and oil, respectively. Oil can slow you down or block out the screen, and bombs are another instant game over enemy.
You are able to gather power ups as you fly along, which will help. There’s invincibility, a magnet (to gather coins without flying into them), a shrink ray (helps you to avoid evil clouds), and a gas mask (you get a free pass to fly into one cloud).
The coins that you gather are used to unlock new birds, and each bird flies a bit differently and has unique tricks that are activated when you grab the invincibility power up.
In all there are eight birds, four different stage themes, and 30 Game Center achievements to earn, so there’s quite a bit of content.
League of Extraordinary Birds is a fairly tough endless flying game, thanks to the controls and swarm of enemies, so I’d pick this one up if you’re looking for a challenge.