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SongBird Symphony is a video game alternating sections of Platform Game and Rhythm Game developed by Joysteak Studios. It was released for PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on July 25, 2019.

You play as Birb, a young chick living with Uncle Pea the peacock. Realising he's probably not a peacock himself, Birb decides to go looking for his origins. He seeks help from the Owl, said to be the wisest bird of the whole forest. On his journey, Birb meets many birds of several species and tries to help anyone needing a wing.

The whole game revolves around music, and not only during the Rhythm Game sections. Birb needs to sing to activate moving blocks during the Platform Game sections, helping him reach new zones or solve puzzles, and most of his accomplishments unlock notes which in turn add new notes or instruments to the soundtrack. The Rhythm Game sections use several kinds of gameplay you discover along the plot, and alternate moments when you have to input notes with characters singing (the game is not voice acted, but you have karaokes).


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SongBird Symphony contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Poor Uncle Pea. One morning, your beloved son joins you for a dancing lesson, then says he'll meet you back home for breakfast... but doesn't show up, having disappeared without warning.
  • Art Shift: Uncle Pea sometimes switches from cartoony googly eyes to big, shiny, Animesque eyes.
  • Badass Adorable: Birb. In a universe where singing is power, he definitely kicks ass while being a total cutie.
  • Berserk Button: Birb naturally doesn't care for bullies and meanies who tease and boss others around.
  • Cheerful Child: Plucky little Birb.
  • Creative Closing Credits: They feature a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, along with some fan-made bird designs from Patreon patrons and contest winners.
  • Dance Off: Between the penguins' leader and the blue-footed boobies' chef.
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  • Diurnal Nocturnal Animal: The Owl.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Or rather, a bird named Birb.
  • Eggshell Clothing: Egbert's an ambulatory egg; the only part of him that's visible are his long legs.
  • Evil Gloating: The Big Bad reveals himself to the innocent Birb like this.
  • False Reassurance: Birb is very careful with his word choice when explaining to Cassie what he learned from the Kookaburras. Technically speaking, they are concerned about her... just not in the way he makes it sound.
  • Final-Exam Boss:
    • The Magpies serve as a recurring example: whenever they challenge you, they copy the various styles of birdsong you've encountered thus far.
    • The final battle against the Owl's One-Winged Angel form contains every single style of birdsong in the game.
  • Flintstone Theming: With birds, obviously.
  • Flourish Wing In Front Of Face: The Owl.
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: Used whenever a song has lyrics.
  • Free-Range Children: Downplayed in Gallus Palace; though several chicks are running around unsupervised, this is against their harried mother's wishes. The guards are also competent enough to keep the chicks inside, though they're willing to let Birb and Egbert pass.
  • Gentle Giant: Cassie the Cassowary may seem intimidating due to her sheer size, but she's actually more of a Shrinking Violet who's Prone to Tears.
  • Good All Along: The masked bird and the Magpie Gang were opposing Birb's quest in order to stop the Owl from gaining the notes.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: It starts raining just when the usually cheerful Birb hits the saddest point of his journey.
  • Interspecies Adoption: While they are both birds, Birb is not from the same species as Uncle Pea. Also, Egbert is not a chicken.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Birb and Egbert are not from the same species of bird.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The peafowl chicks laugh about how Birb doesn't look the same as them. While some of their parents scold them for this, their own comments show that they aren't much better than their children, gossiping among themselves about Uncle's Pea's 'questionable decision'.
    • Some of the younger chickens at Gallus Palace harass Egbert by making him be their ball. After intervening, Birb notes that there seem to be bullies everywhere you go.
  • Literally Laughable Question: How the Kookaburras react to Birb asking about their behavior.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The mysterious masked bird in charge of the Magpie Gang is Birb's mother, who is also revealed to be Good All Along.
  • Lucky Charms Title: The d at the end of SongBird is written as an eighth note, and the S at the start of Symphony is written with a G-clef.
  • Magic Music: Singing the right notes in the right patterns and places can trigger all kinds of effects.
  • Marathon Level: The Final Boss lasts for roughly eight minutes nonstop.
  • Mirthless Laughter: The Kookaburras laugh at everything, even when they're upset and afraid. This is why they've been laughing whenever they check on Cassie; they're absolutely terrified of her.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: During the villain's Motive Rant, he declares that the songbirds and their ability to sing others' birdsong just makes everybirdy else overindulged and dependent. This sounds like a Well-Intentioned Extremist viewpoint, until he continues on to say that he should be the one with that power.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Birb at the very beginning of the game. The realisation that Uncle Pea is probably not his biological family is what prompts him to go looking for answers about his origins.
  • Ocular Gushers: Cassie is naturally prone to these.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Egbert does this in order to avoid being left too far behind.
  • Point of No Return: The game repeatedly warns players before the cutoff point, culminating in Birb himself musing aloud that he'd better make sure he's completed all his business before moving forward.
  • Poor Communication Kills: One of the reasons that Cassie is so miserable is because she keeps hearing laughter coming from above, and believes that the culprits keep visiting just to mock her. When Birb investigates, he discovers that the Kookaburra are actually scared of her due to her sheer size, and have been spying on her, tittering nervously. Not exactly good, but not as dire as she'd assumed, either.
    • Also, the Magpies are unable to explain to Birb why he should not continue his quest; they just scream at him to stop, even if they do have a real reason to want him to. But well, given that their leader doesn't even talk until far later, it can be argued that they tried...
  • Punny Name: Egbert is, well, an egg. For the first two acts, anyway...
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Magpie Gang, consisting of a masked bird leader and three magpie goons who try to stop Birb in his quest.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When facing off against one of the Magpies, their eyes gradually start bulging out and turning red as they concentrate on out-singing you.
    • The Big Bad's eyes turn completely red when they reveal themselves.
  • Scary Teeth: The Owl, when deciding to destroy poor Birb, reveals that, in spite of having a normally proportioned beak, his "smile" can reach Cheshire Cat levels of wideness and is, of course, full of pointy teeth.
  • Sliding Scale of Animal Cast: Level 1, all-animal cast.
  • The Silent Bob: Egbert. Somehow, Birb's able to understand him perfectly when all he says is "..." or "!!"
  • Spanner in the Works: After the Owl has Birb, Birb's mother and Uncle Pea helplessly trapped in cages, it's none other than Egbert who frees Birb to face the Owl.
  • This Cannot Be!: The villain says several shades of this upon defeat.
    "No! This cannot be! The victor should be me! No way! This is absurd! My plan had no flaws! How could I have lost?! Not to this little bird!"
  • Treacherous Advisor: The Owl.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: During his Motive Rant, the villain declares that helping everybirdy out just makes others weak and dependent.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The credits include a slideshow of the various birds after the events of the game.
    • The Woodpecker has completed a wooden Humongous Mecha to terrorize the chickens of Gallus Palace.
    • One of the Kookaburras perches on Cassie's beak and laughs. The other two don't seem as enthusiastic.
    • King Booby and Queen Penguin dance together, surrounded by Bishie Sparkles. A few boobies seem perturbed by the display.
    • The Owl broods after its defeat with an Instant Bandage on its wing.
    • Egbert and Birb cavort through a field together. The former is apparently crushing on the latter, not going unnoticed by Uncle Pea and the Bowerbird.
    • Birb's mother tucks him into bed, shedding Tears of Joy.
    • Birb sits on a cliff, happily watching the sun on the horizon.
    • And finally, a group picture of Birb, Egbert, their parents, Uncle Pea, and the Magpie Gang.
  • White Mask of Doom: The mysterious leader of the Magpies appears to be wearing one, adding to their creep factor and hiding the scar given to her by the Owl.


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