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Developer(s)Glass Bottom Games
Publisher(s)Glass Bottom Games
Designer(s)Megan Fox
Programmer(s)Megan Fox
Artist(s)Sara Fox
Alexander Price
Writer(s)Xalavier Nelson Jr.
Composer(s)Nathan Madsen
ReleaseSeptember 16, 2021

Skatebird (stylized as SkateBIRD) is a skateboarding video game developed by American studio Glass Bottom Games. It was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Amazon Luna on September 16, 2021.


The game plays similarly to the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series of video games, except for the player controlling a small bird on a skateboard instead of a human.[1] Levels take place in a similar setting to the Micro Machines series of video games, with small-scaled "bird-sized skateparks" taking place across play areas of a house across real-life objects such as pencils, erasers, and other desktop type items.[2][3] Similar to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games, gameplay is a mixture of performing skateboard tricks, exploration, and item collection.[2] Tricks are more simple to perform and lead to over-the-top tricks, unlike games like Skate, which focus on realism in trick performing.[2]


The game follows a small pet bird, who is saddened that their unnamed human owner no longer skateboards or is around much due to their new job that they hate. The bird takes up skateboarding as a means of getting the human's attention, and getting them back into skateboarding in efforts of making them happy again.[2]


The game was first announced in November 2018.[4] The game is being developed by indie developer Glass Bottom Games, who had previously developed the first person roguelite Spartan Fist.[5] An early alpha build demo was released in June 2019 after the Kinda Funny E3, and a Kickstarter was launched to help funding at the same time.[6] The game met its funding goal of $20,000 in a single day, and ended up raising over 67,000 total.[3] The game was announced for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One platforms in December 2019, with a late 2020 release date.[7] In July 2020, it was announced that the game's release had been delayed into 2021, not because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because the game was simply taking longer than expected to make, partially due to the decision to include a new story mode to the game.[8] In June 2021, it was announced that the game is scheduled to release on August 12, 2021.[9] In July 2021, it was announced that the game would be delayed to September 16, 2021.


Skatebird received "mixed or average" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ McWhertor, Michael (November 6, 2018). "Skatebird, about a bird who skates, looks great". Polygon.
  2. ^ a b c d Chalk, Andy (November 7, 2018). "Skatebird is a game about a bird on a board who's trying his best". PC Gamer.
  3. ^ a b Carpenter, Nicole (December 10, 2019). "Bird-centric skateboarding game, Skatebird, coming to Nintendo Switch". Polygon.
  4. ^ PCGamerNov18
  5. ^ "SkateBird grinds its way to Switch in late 2020". December 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Prescott, Shaun (June 11, 2019). "Skatebird, the game about a skating bird, now has a free alpha demo". PC Gamer.
  7. ^ Wales, Matt (December 10, 2019). "Be a skateboarding bird in the adorable Skatebird on Switch next year". Eurogamer.
  8. ^ "SkateBIRD Is No Longer Landing On Switch In 2020, Gets Pushed To Next Year". Nintendo Life. May 25, 2020.
  9. ^ "SkateBIRD launches August 12". Gematsu. June 11, 2021.
  10. ^ a b "SkateBIRD for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "SkateBIRD for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  12. ^ a b "SkateBIRD for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  13. ^ Handley, Zoey (16 September 2021). "Review: SkateBIRD". Destructoid. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  14. ^ Reilly, Luke (16 September 2021). "Skatebird Review". IGN. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  15. ^ "SkateBIRD Review (Switch eShop) | Aces high". Nintendo Life. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  16. ^ Ronaghan, Neal (16 September 2021). "SkateBIRD (Switch) Review". Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  17. ^ Denzer, TJ (16 September 2021). "SkateBIRD review: Crash and bird". Shacknews. Retrieved 16 September 2021.

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