Another little game which caught my eye today was Fruits of a Feather by Samurai Punk. It’s a sort of chillout game where a bird flies round an island collecting tomatoes. The fruit collecting didn’t really do it for me but the swooping and flapping of the bird was so pleasing.
I think the reason the collecting isn’t so interesting to me is that it generally requires the bird to go near the ground or towards the obstacles like trees and so on. That doesn’t hurt the bird, but it makes you very aware of the limits of the animation and the secret non-birdness of the thing you’re controlling. When you slam into a tree and the bird keeps its wings out and is still sort of flying suddenly the sense of flying falls away. I feel like it would really benefit from having the objects you collect be in the sky somehow, or be hoops you fly through – that sort of thing.
BUT, the swooping and flapping and gliding is lovely so I spent my time doing that instead, skimming the ground and doing little loops around the trees.
Fruits Of A Feather is pay what you want on itch.io