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Cooped Up

All Cooped Up is an endless game released on iOS and Android on May 6 2015 and Amazon App Store on May 7 2015. The strategy games is free and available on iOS, Android, and Amazon App Store, with a browser version released June 15th, 2015.

Cooped Up


The player takes control of a finch who is constantly ascending away from a cage cage using ropes and branches as springs. The player is required to swipe the screen to “twang” the ropes, causing the bird to be flung upwards. The angle and length at which the player swipes affects the finch’s direction and acceleration. Along the way, the finch must avoid rival finches as a flock of other finches gradually rises up after the protagonist. The game is over when the player makes contact with a hazard or enemy, hesitates at a safe position for too long a period of time or falls into an open area.

Level design

Cooped Up is separated into multiple phases, the first phase introducing the key gameplay elements and enemies and subsequent phases adding new enemy combinations. Each phase lasts 25-28 points, the end of a phase indicated by achasing bird. Falling items are encountered from phase 3 onwards.

While different combinations for birds are introduced in later phases, the only birds whose combination remains the same are dashing finches, due them having a set behaviour.

Phase 1

This phase introduces all the gameplay mechanics in Cooped Up, save for falling items. The first three ropes have more restrictions placed on what can be encountered.

  • The first rope is limited to and will always have a bug, either a fly or worm strategy games
  • The second rope always has and is limited to either a stationary or mobile walking finch and potentially having a fly
  • The third rope limited to either having a walking finches, a big finches, and possibly a fly.

After this and until the player scores 26 points, the following combinations of enemies encountered on platforms are possible:

  • A stationary walking finch on the middle of a rope or somewhere else on the rope
  • A walking finch on a rope
  • A single big finch on a rope
  • A dashing finch on a rope
  • Two to three branches with two flying finches, each above one branch.
  • A single branch with a flying finch above it

The occurrence of branches are very rare in this phase, and because flying finches are restricted in this phase to only occurring above branches, they are rarely ever encountered. Notably, it is possible to encounter a rope with nothing on it.

It is possible to encounter to situations where there are five ropes in a row with just a walking or stationary walking finch on each rope. Similarly, this is possible with big finches, although it is often only four in a row are encountered strategy games.

A chasing finch is encountered on the rope for the 26th point.

Phase 2

New combinations are introduced:

  • A single flying finch above a rope
  • Two walking finches close to the end of each rope.

This phase ends at 51-52 points, where a chasing finch is encountered.

Phase 3

New combinations introduced:

  • A pair of flying finches flying next to each other in the same direction.

This phase ends at 77 points.

Phase 4

New combinations introduced:

  • One to two falling items, both not encountered at the same time
  • Two big finches on a single line
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