Many a discovery at Gamescom 2019 comes as a surprise, including this one. The board game Flügelschlag will be implemented as an app version - initially for Apple's iOS and for PC Steam. The adaptation is being developed by the Polish indie development studio Monster Couch. The developers already had the first executable alpha version in their luggage at Gamescom 2019.


For the current one Expert game of the year, Flapping Wings by Elizabeth Hargrave, is being digitally adapted. First of all, Apple disciples and PC gamers can set out to lure exotic species of birds into their territory. Implementations for other platforms will follow later. "We are also planning an Android version," reveals Marek Rutkowski from the Polish indie developer studio Monster Couch. When the app will appear on the market is still uncertain. Rutkowski cautiously cites the first quarter of 2020 as the release date. 

Wings flap as an executable version at Gamescom

The Polish developers have already presented an executable alpha version at Gamescom 2019. A closed alpha is planned for October or November. The game has been adapted to the digital worlds almost unchanged: The aim is still to skillfully generate and use resources in order to attract bird species, generate synergies and skillfully use them. 

This motivating principle also remains unchanged on the screen. Only the presentation is even more attractive at first glance than the already grandiose look of the board game template due to audio-visual effects. "We're going to use the original bird calls from each species," says Monster Couch's Marek Rutkowski. That upgrades the whole game enormously, because sound effects – especially those that are atmospherically coherent – ​​naturally didn’t exist in the board game.

The look of the adaptation is in no way inferior to the original. Image: Monster Couch

The look of the adaptation is in no way inferior to the original. Image: Monster Couch

The wing flap app also seems to implement the basically simple game principle, which works with a steep learning curve. The first impression promises a similarly good feel as with the template. Players shouldn't expect big surprises for the adaptation: the flapping of the wings remains in the digital version Flapping wings

When asked whether a digital extension with European bird species will also appear in the future, Marek Rutkowski answers with a smile: "We are implementing all official extensions." is stubbornly persistent - and the reaction of the developer at least shows that such extensions have been discussed more than just casually.

According to the developers, Wingbeat is to be released “in the next few months”, possibly in the first quarter of 2020.

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