When I first saw 4 The Birds on Kickstarter, I thought that it would be a good game to add to our collection, and would be something different from the other, lighter strategy games that we had already. I’m always searching for games that will take a new spin on light strategy. This game seemed to fit that, and I figured it would be something good to play in between games, or something to fill down time at home. It would be easy enough to play, and from the description it seemed to have enough strategy options to keep my friends and I interested.
I liked that it had area control aspects, but that it also included a dice roll feature to bring some luck into the game and tone down the heaviness. The art was also a big draw for me. I absolutely loved the look of the player pawns; they have this very tribal feel to them, which makes them really stand out. The colors for the player pieces and the cards are also really vibrant and they seemed to pop against the colors of the board.
I had seen pictures of the game in its earlier stages and the components had come a long way. Originally, the player pieces were made of laser cut wood. Actually, they looked pretty sweet. The tree on the board had a circular shape rather than being a squared grid. I was impressed by the evolution the game had taken thus far, and I knew that they would be tweaking things here and there during the production process. I was really excited to see the final product and to finally get to play the game.
The Campaign- May 2015
I backed this project shortly after backing Tesla vs. Edison. If you’d like to see my review for that, feel free to click the link. I actually backed quite a few things around this time. I went a little Kickstarter crazy. Anyway…
This campaign began on May 18, 2015 and ended on June 18, 2015. They had a pretty successful first week, and reached their $10, 950 goal in just 5 days. They closed out the campaign having raised a total of $17,267. This was also a relaunch campaign, so they definitely made some improvements that seemed to work in their favor second time around. They were also able to reach two of their stretch goals. I do feel that the stretch goal for the custom dice seemed a bit unnecessary, considering the game wouldn’t have worked without them and they probably should have just been included in the goal amount to begin with.