You’d be forgiven for thinking that a game called Flirty Birdys was a shameless rip-off designed to cash-in on the popularity of Angry Birds or Flappy Bird or one of the other avian-stuffed titles on the App Store.
You couldn’t be more wrong, though.
Flirty Birdys is, in fact, a quirky and colourful tower defence title in which you take on the role of a digital matchmaker. Basically, your aim is to manipulate male birds into falling in love with their female counterparts.
In each level of the game, you have to - much like in any other tower defence title - strategically place towers (female birds, in this case) along a winding park pathway in order to successfully distract the male fowls that wander down it.
You earn points every time one of your feathered towers leads one of your targets astray with its hearts and kisses. Let too many birdies enter the tunnel at the end of the pathway, however, and it’s Game Over.
According to its makers, Virtual Jungle, Flirty Birdys offers much more than the average bird games that have been released on the App Store and Google Play over the past few years.
In fact, Virtual Jungle call Flirty Birdys an animated reproduction of the everyday human love life. So, just like in real life, you can AND will be left heartbroken if you’re unlucky (and you fail to stop the male birds making their escape).
Each female bird in Flirty Birdys is different. Some have higher point values than others, for example, and some are capable of firing hearts faster or farther than the rest of their besotted brethren.
Levels become harder and harder to master as you progress through Flirty Birdys. You’ll encounter more difficult path configurations that leave you with fewer areas to place your female love magnets, and faster male birds that will race towards each level’s exit tunnel and require you to think fast on your feet.
Virtual Jungle are incredibly proud of the authentic graphic design, soundtrack, and gameplay that they've managed to pack into Flirty Birdys.
The guys at Virtual Jungle design all of their games to be products that they themselves enjoy playing, and Flirty Birdys is no exception.
Virtual Jungle plan to update Flirty Birdys with fresh content periodically over the next few months and beyond. New levels, new characters, and even new gameplay have already been talked about, though the developers will also make adjustments to the game based on your recommendations and feedback.
So, be sure to have your say once you’ve downloaded it.