Beards & Beaks is Microsoft's first in-house produced game for the Windows Phone 7. The game operates largely on a touchscreen flicking gesture, flinging gnomes either at jewels (which are carried away to win most levels) or the enemies - square-bodied crows. The game has something of a real-time strategy sense to it, in the command of troops and usage of specialized troop types as the game progresses. It also shows some similarities to Pikmin in its mechanics and troop movements. In various levels, game goals range from collecting jewels to deathmatch-style fights to capture-the-flag encounters.