013958London-based developer, Mediatonic recently released Must.Eat.Birds. [App Store], a "picnic defense" game which seems to be becoming a cult hit.

The main characters of Must.Eat.Birds. are the nomsters, who were enjoying a picnic of various desserts when a seemingly endless supply of parachuting birds launched their attack. The nomsters, left with no choice but to defend their precious supply of cupcakes and other goodies fashioned a makeshift defense using two forks and a rubber band.

To launch your counter-attack against the bird offensive,  draw back the nomster currently loaded in the fork slingshot and release in the direction you want to fire. Nomsters can eat each other to create bigger nomsters, capable of clearing more birds off the screen by launching another nomster in to the existing airborne nomster.

Scoring is largely based on combos, you will want to launch your nomsters to clear out the most birds with each attack. As your combo grows, a multi-layered cake appears in the background. If you're able to score a large enough series of combos for it to reach the top, that's when the magic happens: Maximum Bake, which powers up your nomsters, easily allowing you to easily defeat even more of the bird invaders.

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Must.Eat.Birds. comes packed with 9 mission levels of increasing difficulty with different type of birds that require more nomster hits before they can be eaten as the game progresses. Aside from that, there are also 4 unlockable challenge modes and an array of achievements to increase replay value.

Similar to Namco's smash hit series, Katamari Damacy, Must.Eat.Birds. is absolutely dripping with wacky over-the-top Japanese game show flavor. Everything is extremely colorful, and the game has a fun, fast paced Eastern themed soundtrack. Must.Eat.Birds. also has an (intentional) bad translation feel to it with English labels in black labels covering the various Japanese interface elements.

If you find yourself looking at screenshots and watching the trailer trying to make sense of what is going on in the game, I don't think you're supposed to. The absurdity present in Must.Eat.Birds. between the concept behind the game, Maximum Bake, and everything in between is a large part of what makes Must.Eat.Birds. so great.

At 99¢, Must.Eat.Birds. is a simple and strange game that goes so far off the deep end that you can't help but smile while playing it.

App Store Link: Must.Eat.Birds., 99¢

Update: There seems to be a stability issue for some. A restart will help and according to the developer an update/fix has been submitted.

TouchArcade Rating

  • Skamando

    You might wanna mention that it crashes half of the time for half of it's players. I love it, but I can't play it cause it crashes most of the time when loading up a mission. I have restarted multiple times and reinstalled the app.

  • Skamando

    You might wanna mention that it crashes half of the time for half of it's players. I love it, but I can't play it cause it crashes most of the time when loading up a mission. I have restarted multiple times and reinstalled the app.

  • danny

    no crashes for me either.... love this game!

  • danny

    no crashes for me either.... love this game!

  • Tower Defender

    Must eat birds? Lulz wut?

  • Tower Defender

    Must eat birds? Lulz wut?

  • http://germany-today.co.uk Sam

    this is actually the most fun game ever xD

  • http://germany-today.co.uk Sam

    this is actually the most fun game ever xD

  • drunknbass

    love this game! love the light hearted-ness and funny wording.. super polished!.

  • drunknbass

    love this game! love the light hearted-ness and funny wording.. super polished!.

  • Dark NRG

    Love this game!!!
    Is it my imagination, but it seems I don't have crash probs on my first gen iTouch like everyone else complains about, are the crashes on 2nd gen or iPhones??

  • Dark NRG

    Love this game!!!
    Is it my imagination, but it seems I don't have crash probs on my first gen iTouch like everyone else complains about, are the crashes on 2nd gen or iPhones??

  • Adams Immersive

    The "Maximum Bake!" (or whatever it says?) voice in the trailer sealed the deal for me.

    Not Mandatory!

    • bekenstein

      LOL totally got me crackin up at that part too!

  • Adams Immersive

    The "Maximum Bake!" (or whatever it says?) voice in the trailer sealed the deal for me.

    Not Mandatory!

    • bekenstein

      LOL totally got me crackin up at that part too!

  • Q.

    The whole concept is based on a Mario 64 ds minigame isnt it?

  • Q.

    The whole concept is based on a Mario 64 ds minigame isnt it?

  • DARTH SITH

    i went ahead and got it its sillier art than i like since im notmally more like sci fi and good grafix but its fun enoiugh. kind of feels like its for kids tho.

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  • DARTH SITH

    i went ahead and got it its sillier art than i like since im notmally more like sci fi and good grafix but its fun enoiugh. kind of feels like its for kids tho.

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  • http://www.ttursas.com Ville Helin

    Looks really wacky and funny, but the game itself seems to be a bit "light". Needs more meat.

    • danny

      say that after you beat the whole game... it's not easy

  • http://www.ttursas.com Ville Helin

    Looks really wacky and funny, but the game itself seems to be a bit "light". Needs more meat.

    • danny

      say that after you beat the whole game... it's not easy

  • Kintaro360

    Such a worthless game. They should have used their time to create a Zelda like RPG :D

  • Kintaro360

    Such a worthless game. They should have used their time to create a Zelda like RPG :D

  • Dudehuge

    I love this game!

  • Dudehuge

    I love this game!

  • munkee

    Such a rip-off concept. Bought it because of the hype in this forum but it turns out pretty average. Not to mention it ALWAYS crashes before I deleted it from both my Mac and iPhone then reinstalled it.

    blah.

  • http://deleted munkee

    Such a rip-off concept. Bought it because of the hype in this forum but it turns out pretty average. Not to mention it ALWAYS crashes before I deleted it from both my Mac and iPhone then reinstalled it.

    blah.

  • jon

    After watching the trailer, I'd say there is no Japanese flavor anything besides the title.

  • jon

    After watching the trailer, I'd say there is no Japanese flavor anything besides the title.

  • M1ch3l

    Can't play it, keeps crashing when i want to begin a game.
    Hope the update fixes it..

  • M1ch3l

    Can't play it, keeps crashing when i want to begin a game.
    Hope the update fixes it..

  • belsunce

    ever since I got an iTouch I've wanted a game like this (it was one of the original minigames in MARIO 64 DS and I thought it was a really neat implementation of touchscreen tech).

    now I don't now if there are other games like this on the AppStore but I'm pret-ty sure this is the only one with such a bizarro style.

    I approve. Less of the crashing (happened to me once already and I didn't play much), but if they fix it, I give it a solid **** / 5. The art can't be beat and it's a lot of fun in short bursts

  • belsunce

    ever since I got an iTouch I've wanted a game like this (it was one of the original minigames in MARIO 64 DS and I thought it was a really neat implementation of touchscreen tech).

    now I don't now if there are other games like this on the AppStore but I'm pret-ty sure this is the only one with such a bizarro style.

    I approve. Less of the crashing (happened to me once already and I didn't play much), but if they fix it, I give it a solid **** / 5. The art can't be beat and it's a lot of fun in short bursts

  • Adams Immersive

    No crashes... yet! Knock on wood.

  • Adams Immersive

    No crashes... yet! Knock on wood.

  • fahdiz

    It crashed for me once; I restarted and it hasn't done it since.

  • fahdiz

    It crashed for me once; I restarted and it hasn't done it since.

  • studyingjapanese

    Even the title is mistranslated, must be good! for the record, "eat birds" (the animal, not the meat itself)

  • studyingjapanese

    Even the title is mistranslated, must be good! for the record, "eat birds" (the animal, not the meat itself)

  • Lord Gek

    There are 4 challenge levels but 3 start off locked. How does one unlock the other 3 challenges?

  • Lord Gek

    There are 4 challenge levels but 3 start off locked. How does one unlock the other 3 challenges?

  • Ataru

    Looks competantly done but the concept is blatantly stolen from one of the mini games in Mario 64 DS.

    Originality isn't difficult, although it sadly is for this developer.

  • Ataru

    Looks competantly done but the concept is blatantly stolen from one of the mini games in Mario 64 DS.

    Originality isn't difficult, although it sadly is for this developer.

  • http://www.thomasheggstad.no Thomas

    Can anyone tell me about the power-ups is this game?

  • http://www.thomasheggstad.no Thomas

    Can anyone tell me about the power-ups is this game?

  • Liea

    studyingjapanese, what do you mean by saying the title is mistranslated?

    "Tori o tabenasi" = a direct command to "eat birds"... to translate it in English "must eat birds!" makes sense, the "must" makes it sound more imperative in a "do it now!" sense.

  • Liea

    studyingjapanese, what do you mean by saying the title is mistranslated?

    "Tori o tabenasi" = a direct command to "eat birds"... to translate it in English "must eat birds!" makes sense, the "must" makes it sound more imperative in a "do it now!" sense.