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ChickenBreak Review

By , on May 15, 2012

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3 out of 5


  • Fruit Ninja meets Canabalt.
  • Makes the most of its theme to create interesting backdrops.


  • No real novel changes to the gameplay over time; lacks meaningful short and long-term goals.


ChickenBreak pecks its way out of its mold, but doesn't quite manage to break free; an endless runner that will keep you busy for a short time, but not likely to replace your staples in the genre.

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Chickens like to run - I know this because a movie told me once and I have yet to Google it to verify this factoid. As such I find it entirely plausible for someone to create a game about a tiny, athletic and clearly psycho-kinetic-power-wielding chicken attempting to escape imprisonment. This is ChickenBreak by CGMatic.

Instead of the usual fixed flick or tap controls that force your auto-running character to perform a basic action, the game tasks you with protecting the chicken in their attempt to escape. This usually takes the usual form of swiping to intercept and destroy obstacles such as rockets, giant balls and cages rigged to explode. In the case of chasms and other deadly temporary traps, a button will appear on screen and must be tapped at the right time to move on.

As you can tell, the game is an endless-runner of sorts and your reward for diligent attempts at escaping are a currency that can be used to purchase temporary or permanent upgrades to your character. These ostensibly extend the distance you can travel, making them a necessary purchase for serious score-junkies, but can otherwise be avoided if you're not too fussed.

Unfortunately this also means ChickenBreak quickly exhausts its variety and challenge by providing little in the way of new or novel distractions. If you own an endless game you enjoy already, there's not a lot of incentive to trade it for this one.


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