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.
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.