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Bird's the Word

by SGN
Rated: All Ages
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.02
  • Several bug fixes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B005ZY5U2E
  • Release Date: October 26, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,462 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • 3 modes of play
  • Fun cartoon graphics
  • Facebook link to challenge your friends

Product Description

In case you haven't heard, the Bird is the Word. And now it's also an entertaining game for your Android device.

Don't let the pesky birds block you!
Don't let the pesky birds block you!
Cheep Cheep

In Bird's the Word, the goal is to make as many words as you can, as fast as you can. Highlight the letters in the word and then enter it--the Submit button turns green as soon as you've created a legitimate word of three letters or more. When you do, the letters disappear and different ones take their places. The longer the word, the more points you get, and there are lots of special bonus letters that pop up as you go.

There is a catch: Make sure that all the letters in the word are touching each other. If not, a sneaky bird will fill one of the spaces rather than a new letter. The more birds that perch on the board, the harder it will be make new words. Don't let the winged menaces thwart you!

Three Ways to Wing It

With this game you can create a flap three different ways. In Classic mode, you must fill up the score bar as quickly as possible to advance to the next level. To make it to the top of the pecking order, score more points at each new level within the same amount of time.

Can you earn your eagle's wings?
Can you earn your eagle's wings?

With Timed mode, you try to collect as many points as possible before the clock runs out. Word Worm is a fun twist, where each new word must start with the last letter of the previous one. Remember that the early bird gets the worm--you only have 30 seconds to find each word. Think fast, bird brain.

The game tracks stats such as longest word, average word length, time per word, and high scores for each game mode. The more you play and the higher you score, the more achievements you pile up: Word Warrior, Nesting Instincts, Squabble, Pest, Stunner, etc. As you go further into the game, you'll be able to unlock special birds and other features.

Word War

Since birds of a feather flock together, you can also go beak-to-beak with your friends in Bird's the Word through Facebook. Just select Challenge on the main menu and pick out one of your friends. Then play a game in any mode and when you finish, a challenge will automatically be sent to your friend's wall. Can you soar with the eagles or are you going to end up hanging out with turkeys?

Technical Details

  • Size: 10.7MB
  • Version: 2.02
  • Developed By: SGN
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Open network sockets
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some shortcomings December 16, 2011
By Josh
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No way to close the app other than to force close it and required Facebook integration. Sorry but no thank you. I don't have a Facebook account and I don't like the idea of a game running in the background using resources if I'm not playing it. And that's a bit of a bummer because it was fun to play. The game is solid and fun, but from a development point of view it seems unfinished at best. If these kinds of things don't bother you then give it a go, I bet you'll like it.

3 stars for the game itself being fun, but needs further development IMO.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No way to exit the game cleanly. December 16, 2011
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For a word game, it's not bad. It installs and runs smoothly (no crashes). There are three modes of play for variety (and a challenge mode, if you have a facebook account).

The one thing that really bugs me about this app, however, is the lack of a way to quit the game. The funniest thing is that the back-key quit comes free--it's already part of the UI thread (the part of the program that puts stuff on the screen). They had to add programming to deactivate it. In the onPause() method, they could have simply checked isFinishing(), then do any cleanup needed before closing the app. But no. Adding a menu button would have been almost as simple. All apps should have a way to quit, other than having the user manually force closing it themselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me until some issues are resolved December 16, 2011
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"Bird's the Word" installed fine on my Kindle Fire. The game itself is another variant of the classic "Bookworm," which I've played many times on my PC and iPad. It also reminds me of another Android word game, "Dabble."

I tried each play mode - Classic, Timed, and Word Worm. What I disliked most was that each mode is timed with a countdown clock (the game ends when the clock reaches zero). You can pause the timer, but the dropdown box that opens covers almost the whole screen, so it doesn't help you to come up with words. If you enjoy the pressure of timed games, you may like "Bird's the Word," but I prefer word games where I can take my time and come up with the best word I can make, without a clock running down. I did not play the Challenge mode, where you connect with Facebook friends.

Two other issues:
1. The Kindle Fire's back arrow has been disabled by the app. The only way to close the app is to press the Home icon.
2. It appears that the app continues running, or at least stays loaded, even after turning the Kindle Fire off.

If the developer will address these issues and will offer an untimed version, I would give the app 3 or 4 stars, but as it is, I'm just deleting it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did the developers even TEST this app??? December 16, 2011
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I was SO fully prepared to give this a decent rating. I played SEVERAL rounds, actually, not just a few. I initially had no problems playing the Classic, Timed, AND Word Worm levels. Be aware that BEFORE I even played this game, I used TASK KILLER to close almost everything unecessary to have the most memory available to play this game and give it a fighting chance, as well as used a fresh, full battery. All was good.... Then I said to myself, "hmmm... I've only been playing this for about 20 minutes, let's give it more time..." and I'm glad I did. First, I tried to EXIT. Backspace did NOTHING....just continued to stay at the home screen and spout out the music. Then I went back to the games, played some more, then used the right-hand button to go back to the home screen to try to exit.... NOTHING. I clicked my PHONE'S Home button, got there, and used TASK KILLER AGAIN to close this app. THIS IS WHAT THE DEVELOPER HAD IN MIND FOR USERS TO CLOSE THE APP? If you are currently having no problems after just a short amount of gameplay, do yourself a favor and trying playing this app for an hour or so to make sure it doesn't fizzle out after semi-extended gameplay.

Ok... I reboot, and try again. THIS TIME I played 2 or 3 short games, and in the middle of selecting a word, it FREEZES UP COMPLETELY just like everyone else here is reporting. This time, NOTHING would get me back to my phone's HOME SCREEN. So I do a battery pull, and reboot. NOW I notice my phone is completely dim, so I check the battery level.... ALMOST ZERO PERCENT. This app, in less than an hour, SUCKED THE ENTIRE FRESH, NEWLY CHARGED BATTERY in record time, more than I have ever seen any app do ever before.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars lame December 16, 2011
By k.mac
This game force closes. This game freezes. The only good thing about it is that you can uninstall it easy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it December 16, 2011
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I love word games so I tried this one. Cute game, somewhat original idea. The game is somewhat sluggish which isn't good for a timed game. But the real problem is on about the third level the screen stops responding so you can't play, but the timer keeps running. Had to force close.
It has a classic and a timed mode, but even classic has a timer, so I don't get that.
Installed. Droid 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs improvement December 16, 2011
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Downloads & runs fine on HTC Incredible running 2.3.4. Gameplay is smooth. It it a fun game. I deducted 1 star because there is no way to exit the game save hitting the home button. You would figure that hitting the back button would suffice, but sadly it doesn't. Other than that, I find nothing wrong with this app.
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Published 1 month ago by Treverly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worked great.
Published 4 months ago by Daniel A Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun, fast moving, keeps you entertained. If you're like me, you will "talk to it". Happy Wording!
Published 8 months ago by Lesa Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars It keeps me thinking, but doesn't keep asking me for stuff
As opposed to mindlessly lining up 3 or more candies, or any other pretty-colored objects, here you line up make words. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Senior in South Jersey
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome game
super fun. high scores are easy to get. sometimes I type in random words and it gives me points. sweet app
Published 21 months ago by Kortnigirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game!
Definitely keeps you on your toes. Can be frustrating because it's timed, but a good way to work your brain!
Published 23 months ago by Karen Shockley
Published on January 31, 2013 by im not saying
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love this game. I enjoy playing it when I am waiting to pick my son up from school. We also loike to play it in resturants while waiting for our food.
Published on January 29, 2013 by barb stines
3.0 out of 5 stars free
downloaded the app because it was free. Tried it out and it was a fine app. I just haven't used it for any length of time because it didn't interest me.
Published on January 14, 2013 by chadginoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
This is one of the better word app games. Letters appear on rows of wires. Tap the letters to build words and accumulate points and power ups. Read more
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