The Last Birdling Review
I write this after a long, harrowing playthrough of The Last Birdling, by InvertMouse. It is a story about the relationship between a human and a terrifyingly-cute species that ends in multiple twists and tragedies. This is no Fox and the Hound, and what begins as a cute story of friendship turns into an emotional joyride that descends into madness and disturbing revelations.
Fantasy, Friendship, Violence
“Bimonia is one of the last Birdlings alive on this earth. The Birdlings see humans as sworn enemies, and Bimonia has been taught to kill on sight.
One day, Bimonia meets Tayo, a human child hunting in the forest. Bimonia fails to kill Tayo, and they instead become friends. Mother will be furious if she finds out, or worse, this relationship may cause tension between the two species to erupt.
The Last Birdling explores Bimonia and Tayo’s fight for their friendship as the world threatens to tear them apart.” ~ Excerpt from Steam
I’ve always looked up to InvertMouse as a visual novel creator. I learned of them back when they were developing Cursed Sight, which was a beautiful game that created an interesting world I wanted to know more about. Playing The Last Birdling left me in much the same state- that of awe and wonder as the story truly became something so emotionally jarring that my first playthrough I had to take a break from the game.
Tayo and Bimonia come from a world where their friendship is forbidden and dire consequences of their meeting happens soon after. Don’t be fooled by the happy, cute atmosphere in the first few chapters of the game – The Last Birdling strikes down hard when you least expect it. This is no fairy tale, and to assume a truly happy ending will lie at the tail of this visual novel would be assuming very wrong.
Much as I wanted a happy, cute story where friendship conquers all and nobody gets hurt, I’m content with the direction The Last Birdling took during its final, dramatic moments. It’s very different in tone from other games I’ve reviewed here on EvnTide, and that’s not a bad thing. In a way, the story itself, as dark as it gets, is what kept me playing with bated breath.
Alongside that, the artwork, music, and programming for the game has been done supremely well. Everything fits well into place, and while I’m usually not the sort to seek out all the endings in a visual novel, I just had to find out what happened to our protagonists based on different decisions I could have made.
Check out The Last Birdling for yourself. I know that in my case, it will continue to weigh on my mind for quite some time.