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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Blackbird (2020) is a strategy game where you are a blackbird collecting food for your young. You need to scour the forest to find enough insects to keep them alive and them fly the nest (or die trying).

Play involves learning to fly with just the arrow keys. Left and Right turn you in that direction while Up and Down increase or decrease your speed. In this way you soar far from your nest to snatch bugs directly from trees, or pick worms from the ground.

You soon realise you need to keep track of where your home tree and nest is, if you are to make it back with food. You also need to learn how to land back in the nest by reducing your speed (holding the Down arrow key) and being at an appropriate angle.

As you progress you soon learn that this short challenge is not only about preserving your fledging family but making tough decisions about which will prosper. Even if you regularly fly out, catch three bugs and return to feed the chicks, they are not guaranteed to survive.

The result is a short but intense experience about care for your dependants and the harshness of nature.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Blackbird 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Traversal game with Platform, Simulation and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes around 3 minutes to play a round of this game. The game takes 3 minutes to play. The challenge is repeating this so more of your offspring survive. There is an optional challenge mode where you fly the blackbird through rings against the clock.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Young children need to be able to control the flight of the bird with the key controls. To appreciate the narrative dilemma of the game, players need a bit of emotional understanding.


Blackbird usually costs £0 to £14.39. 


Switch Store Switch £14.39
Web Free
Steam Store PC -
App Store Mac -
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/04/2020

Price: Free

Out Now: Mac, PC and Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Traversal (Platform, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Bippin Bits (@BippinBits)

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