Do you like birds, but don’t want the mess and noise of having one as a pet? Do you like birds, but don’t like sitting outside too often to watch for them? Well this Japanese app (game?) has solved these problems! The app is still mostly in Japanese, but is available here. It’s called Tori Watch by ククリス・ゲームズ (Cuculis Games) and you can find it on the Google Play store and iTunes.
Even without reading Japanese many of the menus are easy to figure out. You can upgrade the food items you feed them with to attract new types of birds. There are info cards to tell you about them, but those are in Japanese. Hopefully it will get translated to English someday, but until then here are some info cards I made myself.
What the game looks like when “playing”
First off, Katy’s images are fantastic! The in-game models are cute but I didn’t realize how spot on they were to the real birds until Katy put them side by side. Questioning if this is a game at all is also spot on but as the adorably translated description proclaims, “you can play it without any complicate action”. They know the score. Truthfully, the most challenging thing I’ve done is to keep my screen from timing out when new birds arrive.
Despite the simple nature of this “bird watching game to observe leisurely small birds”, it definitely follows modern mobile game design. Don’t worry, none of it involves microtransactions or hot sales on ‘Energy’, it’s supported by simple ad banners. Birds fly in, you get points. Like Katy said, you spend those points to upgrade your feed options or expand your park to accommodate more birds. There’s a journal with goals to shoot for (again, all in Japanese so I’m guessing stuff like “get a male and female on-screen at once”) but that’s about all you have to do.
It’s been a cute little diversion over the last few days and fun to poke around the Japanese menus to figure out how the game works.