Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird is a game from , originally released 31st December, 1969

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Flappy Bird is No More

Flappy Bird, we hardly knew ye. It’s been a short, strange ride. The simple one-touch game made by the solo Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen originally hit the App Store in May of last year. Seemingly out of the blue, it started picking up steam in late January and catapulted to the number one spot on the Top Free Games list on the App Store, where it remained until yesterday.


With a surge of popularity, of course, comes a whole lot of attention from gamers and the press, both positive and negative. The wave of publicity only increased when Nguyen told The Verge that Flappy Bird was bringing in $50,000 a day in ad revenue.

The attention became too much for Mr. Nguyen. In a series of tweets, he talked about his ambivalence toward his newfound fame, and eventually expressed regret over releasing Flappy Bird in the first place.

Over the weekend, Nguyen announced that he would pull Flappy Bird from the App Store on Sunday, which he did.

It wasn’t a great game. It might not even be a good one. But something about Flappy Bird struck a nerve with the public. Its enormous success may forever remain a mystery. But it goes to show that fame is not for everyone, even if it comes with life-changing riches.

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Flappy Bird Review

Flappy bird is a one-button game that has reached such a level of popularity that we can no longer ignore it. Because there’s so little to it, it’s one of the stranger games to skyrocket to the top of the free games list. Apparently the world has a never-ending appetite for bird-based mobile games.

Your job in the game is to guide a bird through openings between pipes that look almost exactly like the pipes in Super Mario Bros. The bird moves forward automatically, and touching the screen makes the bird flap its wings once. Each opening you pass through nets you a point. If any part of the bird touches a pipe, it’s game over. Get a high score, and you get bragging rights, for what those are worth.

The game is free to play, with banner ads that appear regularly. The controls are tight, but the hit boxes are stingy, which makes for a very challenging experience. It’s not unusual to get a score in the low single digits. When you die, you restart at the beginning, perhaps with a drive in your heart to land a higher score next time.

So how much fun is this hugely popular game? Not very. It kept me interested for about five minutes, until I realized that nothing ever changes. The difficulty doesn’t ramp up. The background stays the same. There are no enemies other than pipes. There’s just not much to see here.

Hyper-challenging games can be great– just look at Hundreds and Super Hexagon— but for a game to have any kind of staying power, it needs depth. Flappy Bird is a trifle.

Since Flappy Birds is free, you have nothing to lose by trying it to see what the fuss is about. Just don’t be surprised if you don’t find anything worthwhile here. There’s nothing wrong with a game being simple, but there’s no reason to keep playing it when there are much better free games out there.