From left: Crappy Bird, Flying Cyrus, Flappy Cat: Pirate
Flappy Bird may have officially flown the coop, but it left plenty of eggs behind. And they’re hatching like crazy.
According to Pocket Gamer, a new Flappy Bird clone appears on the App Store every 24 minutes. That’s 2.5 clones per hour, or about 60 per day.
Dong Nguyen, the developer of the original touchscreen-tapping wunderkind, took his immensely popular game offline last month because he thought the game was proving to be “too addictive,” a problem countless game designers would love to experience.
And indeed, they’re trying to do just that by shamelessly ripping off his one-trick flying pony. Between February 28 and March 3, notes Pocket Gamer, a stunning 241 new Flappy Bird clones were made available for download.
It’s unclear if anyone is actually downloading games like “Flappy Airplane,” “Flippy Chicken” and “Flying Cyrus” (that particular gem features the floating head of one Miley Cyrus), but users should be careful as the Flappy Bird clone scene is rife with malware risks.
Alternately, you can just create your own Flappy Bird clone for about $100. Wired scribe Ryan Rigney tried this and, as it turns out, it’s pretty painless. At least until you try playing it, I’d imagine.
- Arts & Entertainment