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It's a thankless task...

But when you're walking through the forest late one night, you hear the distressed cries of birds who have been cruelly confined to cages echoing all around you. Someone must help set the poor birds free, and no one else is around. But when you open their cages, they will not be grateful—the confused and angry creatures will turn on you. Go it alone or call in a friend. This could take all night.

In Ungrateful Birds: No Good Deed, travel through five different environments and save ten different types of birds in over three dozen stages. 

And then, continue your journey into the harsh sun of the red-rock desert in Ungrateful Birds: Call of the Desert (available for an additional price) with a handful of new birds and over a dozen new stages.  

Features

  • Frantic platforming action with light puzzle elements
  • Over three dozen challenging stages
  • Optional "easy" difficulty mode
  • Two-player cooperative mode with support for keyboard and/or gamepads
  • Customizable keyboard and gamepad controls
  • English- and Japanese-language support
  • Original music track by Amon26
  • Soundtrack including music by Snabisch

Ungrateful Birds: Call of the Desert

Purchase the game for price below to access an exclusive companion game/sequel, Ungrateful Birds: Call of the Desert. Inspired by the red-rock deserts of the Navajo Nation and southern Utah, new types of birds await your rescue in sixteen new unique stages. 

「恩知らずな鳥」

日本語で遊べる!「恩知らずな鳥 砂漠の鳴き声」も!

Credits

Combined No Good Deed and Call of the Desert credits list

GAME DESIGN, ART, PROGRAMMING: 
John D. Moore
     
MUSIC
Amon26: "A+B," used with permission
     
Snabisch: "Dancing Bat," "In the Jungle City," "White Mind," "Only 115," "Playing the Deep Forest," "The Treasure," "The Dance of the Trees," "Always Alert," "The Spy," "The Restless Chicken," "Save the Planet," "Spiritual Moments," and "At the Gates of Glory," "A Very Wild West Adventure," all written by Snabisch. Used under CC0 license.  https://makeagame.bandcamp.com/  
     
Claude Debussy: "Claire de Lune," arranged by Mick Jones. Used under public domain license.
     
Wolfgang: "Moving Right Along," Used under CC0 license.  
     
Shiru: "Car Chase," used under CC-BY 3.0 license. http://shiru.untergrund.net/  
     
FONTS: 
TenFatGuys, by Geoff Gaudreault
Mochiy Pop One P, by FONDATSU
Raleway, by Matt McInerney, Pablo Impallari, and Rodrigo Fuenzalida
Digital Jots, by John D. Moore
     
SOUND DESIGN: John D. Moore         
     
SOUND EFFECTS GENERATED WITH: Bfxr (Increpare) and BeepBox (John Nesky)
     
Unless otherwise noted, the sounds listed below are used under Creative Commons 0 public domain license or other public domain license. Most were downloaded from freesound.org.)
BIRD CALLS (NO GOOD DEED and CALL OF THE DESERT COMBINED):
Robin:  Fiezewarthog; Inchadney 
Duck: DrMaysta & squashy555; D4XX 
Gull: Nigelcoop "seagull.wav," Christian Muise (CC-BY 3.0) 
Jay: Thomas Ryder Payne 
Pigeon: Javier Serrat Maciejadach  
Raven: Q.K. 
Canary: "Bird sound," nathymunoz (CC-BY 3.0) 
Pelican: "48.wav" and "48-1.wav," JUDITH136 (CC-BY 3.0) 
Cardinal: "Cardinal.wav," CGEffex (CC-BY 4.0) 
Burrowing owl: Created by the National Park Service  
Violet-green swallow: National Park Service 
Goose: "Unhappy Geese 2 4416," by crattray1997 (CC BY 4.0); National Park Service
Steller's Jay: AlanCat
Flamingo: "Flamingo Calls, Ensemble, A.wav," by InspectorJ, www.jshaw.co.uk (CC BY 4.0)
      
AMBIENT RECORDINGS: 
Nicoproson 
deleted_user_7146007 
"Winter, Windy," The DweebMan (CC BY 3.0)
"Desert Ambient LOOP," by Imjeax (CC BY 3.0)
     
SOUND EFFECTS:
"Quick Smash 003," Joel Azzopardi (CC-BY 3.0) 
"Water Splash," by Allan Legemaate 
"Air Move," by Almitory
     
"Methuselah at Dead Horse Point State Park,"  photograph by Ben Cappellacci (Used under CC BY 2.0 license)
     
TESTING: 
Becky Anderson 
Rachel Anderson 
Mark Andrus 
John Thyer
     
THANKS: 
Rachel Anderson 
Sylvie
Utah Indie Games
SpyHop 
     
Made in GameMaker Studio 2 
     
This game was produced in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is located within the territory of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute tribes. The creator of this game acknowledges and respects the Indigenous people, past and present, who reside on and have relationships with this land.
     
©2023 John D. Moore/Whatnot Studios

  

Updated 9 days ago
Published 19 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
AuthorJohn D. Moore
GenrePlatformer, Action
Made withGameMaker: Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Aseprite, Bfxr
TagsCo-op, Difficult, Funny, Local Co-Op, Local multiplayer, Retro, Singleplayer, single-screen-platformer, Two Player
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish, Japanese
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller, Gamepad (any)
AccessibilityConfigurable controls, Interactive tutorial
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 2

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Ungrateful Birds: No Good Deed 165 MB
Ungrateful Birds: Call of the Desert 161 MB
if you pay $5.99 USD or more

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