Bestselling iPhone apps aside, birds don't usually get upset. Nor are they generally accustomed to being flung vast distances by giant rubber bands. On the whole, your standard avian is content to scratch around, peck at food, and pass the time by laying a few eggs. But if you break a platform where these birds are sitting on, the poor fowls are sure to fall in a flurry of feathers. With this in mind, the programmer Kornushin and his Russian colleagues have channeled the spirit of two popular game concepts to bring us a new Flash physics puzzle game, Chicken House.
This new feathered phuzzle is a "break the platform" game which can best be described as a cross between Sieger and a certain popular iOS bird game. The object is to eliminate a series of chickens and their eggs by breaking various wood, stone, and ice structures and letting gravity and physics take its course. This is done by using your axe-like cursor and clicking on specific parts of beams to make a horizontal or vertical slice. The objects of your slicing-ire are brightly colored, oddly-shaped chickens with different levels of durability. Some chickens are fragile, while others must be hit with falling debris or plummet a distance before disappearing in a puff of feathers. There are also eggs and gems to break for additional points.
While not employing the same impressively-crumbling physics seen in Sieger, Chicken House is still a fun destruction game with a level of charm inspired by Rovio's killer app. The game is not especially difficult, but with 30+ levels, it offers a nice variety of challenges for the casual gamer. Since you earn stars based on how many points you score on each level (with bonuses for fewer mouseclicks), there is incentive to replay levels to achieve perfection. Gameplay-wise, I would have liked to have seen a bit more precision in the slice-clicks, since sometimes your clicks don't exactly slice the way you intend them to go. On the audio side, the sound effects are decent but sparse, with a few predictable clucks, squawks, hacks and crashes, while the jumpy music adds a humorous feel to the scenes of avian destruction, but is a bit repetitive. Nevertheless, Chicken House is an entertaining way to pass some time on your next break. So go ahead and give it a try... if you're not chicken.