A Bird Story

A Bird Story is an indie adventure short, about a simple narrative taking place between the mix of a boy’s memories, dream, and imagination.

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Overview

Type or genre(s):
Adventure, Short, Narrative
Platforms:
Windows (PC), Mac OS, Linux
Length:
1 hour
Available on:
Steam, GOG, Humble Store

“I guess the music’s nice-ish, but it sounds kinda ripped off from To the Moon…”
- Developer’s Aunt


Description

Screenshot

Narrative-driven with little-to-no dialogue

A Bird Story is a simple, surreal short about a boy and a bird with a broken wing. Despite being narrative-driven like most of my games, the story is told without dialogues.

Taking place in To the Moon‘s universe

While Dr. Watts and Dr. Rosalene aren’t in this game (chronologically, it takes place before their time), the boy in it eventually grows up to become their patient in “episode 2″ of the series.


Videos

Soundtrack

Get the A Bird Story OST today!

Artwork

A Bird Story - Poster by Joakim Olofsson (http://joakimolofsson.deviantart.com/)
Some wonderful and familiar artists have kindly contributed to the game, such Jordan B., who made the lighthouse, Anya, in To the Moon, and Gabriela A., who drew all the memento pictures –also for To the Moon.

Background Art Sample - by Joakim

In addition, the game features a series of panorama paintings by Joakim Olofsson, who also made the title poster (which can actually be ordered as a nifty giant 6000×7200 print here).


A Note on Stuff

Heya, folks. I know that for some who have played To the Moon, there might be certain expectations as to how the “next game” should be. And to be honest, I don’t really know how it’ll be in that regard –meeting certain quota or matching aspects of another game aren’t really things that I want to make them around.

However, what I can promise is that I’ll always be making what truly means something to me –and hopefully, to you too. I hope everyone could take them as they come, and enjoy them for their own merits.

Thanks for your kind support and spreading the word, folks; I wouldn’t be able to do this without you all. I’m grateful for it.

Kan

Mailing List

For updates on the game’s progress, find me on Twitter / Facebook and feel free to subscribe to the private email list!

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116 responses to “A Bird Story”

  1. Joel

    This arouses me.

  2. Christian Souza Pioner

    I WANNA KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT A BIRD STORY!!! I’M SO EXCITED!! HAHA =D

  3. Mee-ma

    I’m interested.

  4. Mateus Massa

    I am ready for the Bird Story

  5. LeoZeo

    Here we go! Now the wait begins.

  6. supervideoman22

    Loved the first to the moon, can’t wait to play this one!

  7. Krinku

    Glad to see some more info on the second installment.

  8. OPA DENDI

    Tomorrow, then

  9. Joel

    Here’s a link to a photo in the directory:
    http://freebirdgames.com/system/wp-content/uploads/abs_bbp2.jpg

    http://freebirdgames.com/system/wp-content/uploads/a_bird_story-Joakim-poster_med-630×755.jpg
    Does the above poster mean that this isn’t really To The Moon’s sequel, and instead just a short game?

  10. IEatStrayCats

    You have my attention.

  11. Peter

    Don’t you know about the Bird?

    1. Shahab

      Everybody’s heard about the bird!

  12. Ichi Sumeragi

    You had my curiosity,now you have my attention.

  13. Yasashi Tsu-Kun

    Now this piques my interest….

    Might play this game before summer ends for a walkthrough voiceover!

  14. Yasashi Tsu-Kun

    This piques my interest!

    Perhaps I shall put this on my to-do Walkthrough list… Of course, it will be with Voiceovers, hehe~!

    Check out my youtube channel btw!

  15. Nokitron

    Gotta be ready for this.

  16. Robert

    Finally…
    … still some hours to wait.

  17. Zuldim

    I am prepared to feel all of the feels.

  18. Greenfire32

    Buh-Buh-Buh-Buh-Buh-Buh-Buh-Buh-Buh-Buh-Bird Bird Bird! The Bird is the word!

    Havent you heard?

    About the Bird!

    Well you will tomorrow!

    :)

  19. Hippocampus

    Cool! I’m kinda hoping ‘a bird story’ has SOME sort of connection to ‘the mirror lied’ game. No one spends so much time making a game that far-out weird without some grain of sense in the midst of nonsense. Right? Right?

  20. Xiangyan Sun

    Really excited about the new game!

  21. Habafflof

    Zombie shooting? with aliens? Hope it’s a joke like the one when you have to fight a squirrel.

  22. Habafflof

    If there is even a single zombie in this game it will take away all its originality and personality making it into another COD… #realtalk

    1. Cami

      Because COD is full of zombies, amirite?? :D

  23. Namotasa

    My body is ready.

  24. damien

    Can’t wait the new game :) and it’s fun that some people really believe there will be zombie shooting …. HAHAHA :)

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  26. hallway

    please dont hype for a year then release. could we see a 3-6 months release?

  27. moon

    Big shock style

  28. Shish

    I just hope that the promo poster that took me here is accurate o_o

    1. Huedits

      I think the poster is just Neil being Neil =P

  29. Huedits

    Tomorrow in which time zone??? cuz I saw the announcement yesterday =P

  30. lilithsullivan

    About the bird again, wow, I CAN’T WAIT!!

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  32. Pingumask

    Wait, there are 10 the same image containing errors. I guess this is intended and we have to decipher this. bring a steganography team to the rescue

    1. Pingumask
  33. Cintek

    My body is ready for all the feels.

  34. Cintek

    Come at me feels!

  35. piramides

    Water will be falling out of my eyes!

  36. Corto

    Bird is the word.

  37. Babarix

    Cant wait to get more informations.

  38. Cry Your Eyes Out: To The Moon 2 Teased : Indie Statik

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  39. cejoga

    This is great. Can’t wait! :D

  40. To The Bird: A Moon Story : Onlinegamer Sverige

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  47. Fireproof83

    Pretty interesting. Can’t wait to know more about this one!

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  52. Moirant

    In my opinion, you shouldn’t follow those requirements and expectations of others but follow your heart, creativity and your own vision of game. I believe that it’s going to be great and unforgettable game anyway! : }
    Oh, and the title theme is beautiful. When I listen to it I can imagine myself flying with a bird towards never ending worlds from my dreams. And nothing can stop us from this journey…

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  59. Christopher

    Spoiler alert: The bird dies, the boy cries, and the paper airplane crashes into the Titanic.

  60. Igor Queiroz

    Hi there Kan Gao, I’m really excited about this “A Bird Story”, and can’t wait to see the next epic adventure for those two lovely scientists. I want to make an interview with you for my site, is there any possibility? It’s a brazilian site, so if you want to, please send me an answer, ok? :D

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  69. Nandra

    I can’t wait!!! :O GREAT GAME!

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  75. Metafalls

    GOTTA GO FAST AND THROW MY MONEY

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  81. Eric

    Really looking forward to it.

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  86. Gavin

    I’m hoping Cry will play this game…seriously…I anticipate a work of art, but knowing Kan, it’ll be MUCH more.

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  90. Carhothion

    I played through “To the Moon” in about 4 hours straight from the time I bought it. I have to admit it made me cry in several places. I’m excited to see more work coming from you and look forward to this title.

  91. Tom Brückner

    Thanks for sharing this. I really loved To The Moon. And I appreciate that you will be continuing making unique games. I do not expect that the next game will pick up the story of To The Moon. I have trust in your artistic capabilities to make something new as brilliant as To The Moon was.

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  95. Ron

    Tell you what man, we got your back, To the moon is great and already completed, it put you under the spotlight but it shouldn’t be your burden or constrain of making other games, just play it your way! Looking forward to your future production!

  96. Klima

    Can’t wait for this :D

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  98. Nauryzzz

    Асыга кутудемиз!.. тездетип шыкса екеееееен

  99. Annie Zhang

    ALSDJHGLKAJSDHFLAJKSDF GOOD JOB KAN!!! I want to play this game… ;-; BUT IT’S NOT FOR MAC NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! T^T whelp time to download on teach’s compupu

  100. Unknown

    TAKE MY MONEY AND HUGS. Because no matter how I cry, this series will always make me feel that sorrow.

  101. Gaming Point

    I love games with little to no text, your games are true artworks Kan and I can’t wait to play this one. Also listening to the music just makes me look forward to it even more, I hope you release it soon!

  102. vitali

    if that game is going to be as awesome as to the moon, then you may be sure i will throw my money at you
    and please, sell with soundtracks again

  103. panda

    so if I am understanding correctly… will this be a prequel to Episode 2, since in this one it tells the story of the kid who will become another patient of Dr Rosalene’s and Dr Watt’s until episode 2? So this would be something like episode 1.5 rite??

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  106. GirlGamer:3

    I CANT WAIT! :D

  107. Rofl

    God, I love To the Moon somuch, and now there’s another great story coming soon!
    CAN’T WAIT FOR IT AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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  109. 헤어노출연애인

    결혼한다면!!안에~사정해서~임신했다는 말밖에~더있냐!!!!!

  110. Daisuken

    My handkerchiefs are just sooo ready for this!!