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Bird & Beans Review

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Bird & Beans is a great little time-waster that's available at a great little price.

That tongue's a moneymaker!
Bird & Beans might be better known as Pyoro. You may also know it as "that little game with the bird and the falling beets or whatever they are from the first WarioWare game." This game, one of the first five out of the gate for the North American launch of the Nintendo DSi, gives you two variants of Bird & Bean for 200 points, or two dollars. That's a pretty great price for this simple-but-addictive arcade activity.

In the first variant, Pyoro sticks out his long tongue at a 45-degree angle when you press the A button. Beans slowly fall from the sky, and it's your goal to catch the beans with your tongue. The higher the beans are when you grab them--which requires careful timing on your part to ensure that the tip of your tongue reaches the right spot at the right time--the more points you earn. If a bean hits your bird, the game ends. If a bean hits the ground, that chunk of the ground is knocked out, limiting your movement. White beans will replace one missing ground block when eaten, and flashing beans fill up all of the holes. Beans. Things speed up quickly as you play, making things hectic and adding some real pressure.

Once you get decent at the original, the game unlocks Bird & Beans 2. The same concepts apply, but instead of using your tongue to grab beans, you spit seeds at a 45-degree angle, destroying the beans. Scoring is changed, as well, making beans worth more if you can line them up and eliminate multiple beans with one spit.

While this is stuff you may already own on the Game Boy Advance, Bird & Beans is a great little time-waster that's nice to have in your pocket, always at the ready. Two dollars for the package of two varieties is a heck of a deal.
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Posted by LordAndrew

Hm. The second game wasn't in any of the WarioWare games, was it? Either way, only two bucks? It's pretty tempting.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Oh, yeah I remember this guy. It looks like these cheap DSi ware games may be something after all.

Posted by Ossi

This is the only DSiWare launch game that's worth a purchase at the moment. It's really fun and addicting and you can pickup and play it at anytime.

Edited by Death_Burnout

Oh that's right! it was in WarioWare. I would probably get this...need a DSi first.

Posted by License_To_Bill

The second was totally in one of the Warioware games, Mr. Andrew.

Posted by TravisT

This looks really funny. Do you have to have a DSi to play it or can you have a regular DS or DS Lite?

Posted by LordAndrew

It's a DSiWare game. You have to download it through DSiWare, which is a DSi-exclusive service.

Posted by unclejohn0525

I played this sooooo much to get the high score on it in the original Warioware, so it was a must download for me.

Edited by siavm

I would get it but then I would only have 300 points left. Sounds good though. 

Posted by RedSox8933

I need to get this, if I can pull myself away from Aquia.

Posted by Media_Master

probably pass on this

Posted by Livlig

As soon as I get my hands on a DSi, this is the game for me!