FreeNitrome has been on a roll as of late with Silly Sausage, Magic Touch, and Gunbrick. All three are entertaining and a bit more involved akin to their original iOS hit Icebreaker, rather than a simple quick action game like their previous effort Roller Polar. Cooped Up is more like Roller Rolar with an endless high score challenge, and in the case of Cooped Up it’s an endless riser. You simply slingshot your exotic bird from level to level while trying to avoid other birds that are a bit jealous. Along the way, you also try to collect bugs to help build up a boost to really gain height quickly.
You have probably played this style of game before as you pull down, drag, and release to slingshot your bird upwards. The familiarity doesn’t detract from the fun that Nitrome has created once again. It’s easy to pick up and play, and then just keep restarting when you lose. As you rise, the enemy birds get tougher and tougher, and moves need to be quicker with a mass of angry birds rising from below. The variety in enemies, branches, and positions make every single slingshot a nice challenge to keep you actively engaged in your success. All of the action is delivered with the familiar retro pixel art style that Nitrome has come to be known for.
Cooped Up (Free, Universal) offers free fun for everyone that is easy to recommend.