Every once in a while, a game comes along that I immediately want to play. This is how I felt when I saw Ostrich Island on the NotOnSteam.com Sale. I’d followed the game on IndieDB and it looked like something with potential. I mean, who doesn’t want to be an ostrich? That would be awesome right?
I’m not one to completely put down a game because I know hard work and dedication is put into it. I can appreciate a game for what it is, but that also requires the game to at least work correctly.
Ostrich Island can be described as an exploration adventure in which the point is to collect various eggs and treasures to try and escape the island. There are two different modes to choose from, one being casual and the other requiring you to quickly complete the stage before the rising water level drowns you. There is also a multiplayer mode that I would have tried out if the game hadn’t crashed on me multiple times.
Controlling your ostrich is simple enough. You have movement keys while using your mouse to control the camera. I’m not sure if it was a bug, but my camera would not sit still and forced me to go into an aerial view that I continuously had to rectify. There’s also a kick and sprint key. The former for kicking shit. The latter for catching butterflies.
Difficulty wise, it’s not hard. You’re not searching for buried treasure, you’re just searching for eggs that have been placed in inconvenient locations. The environment is pretty and it’s kind of cool to walk around the island pretending like it’s real life. You are also able to change the look of your ostrich with silly things like hats. It’s a nice touch, but doesn’t make up for the rest of the game.
The most humorous aspect of the game is being able to stick your head in the sand. Let’s face it, the only reason we like ostriches is because they shove their face in the dirt and think nobody can see them. Which, FUN FACT, is a myth. Ostriches apparently flop down on the ground making it easier for imminent death to come if they are faced with danger.
In retrospect, I probably didn’t give Ostrich Island the attention it deserved before writing this. Perhaps I played this on a cranky day and the small bugs just happened to piss me off more than normal. I love games like this and that’s why I implore MeDungeon to perfect the game and I’ll give it another shot.
If you want to try out Ostrich Island, you can find it on Desura.