Based on the title, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Flappy Golf for one of the hundreds of Flappy Bird clones that have invaded the App Store. Almost universally, however, those clones were poorly made attempts to cash in on another developer’s success. Flappy Golf is different. Instead of using Flappy Bird as a template for a shoddy remake, Flappy Golf uses it as a seed of inspiration. The result is something completely different from Flappy Bird– and very fun.
The gameplay in Flappy Golf is brilliantly simple. It’s a 2D golf game, so the goal is to deliver a winged golf ball to a hole. Instead of swinging a club at the ball, you control it directly by tapping buttons in the corners of the screen, which make it flap its wings–like in Flappy Bird. However, there’s a lot more to it than that.
First off, you can move the ball both left and right. The ball has momentum, so it takes a few flaps to change directions–and each flap counts against you. Just like in real golf, the fewer taps you use, the better. The game also comes with a ton of levels, with increasingly complex environment design, and added elements like ice, water, and sand traps.
Of course nothing’s perfect, and neither is Flappy Golf. It would be nice if you could pay to remove the ads from the bottom of the screen. And when plotting your moves, it would be beneficial if there was a way to view the entire level, either by zooming out or by panning around. But these are minor quibbles.
I’m no fortune teller, but Flappy Golf is probably the last Flappy game you’ll ever want to play. It’s free, it’s fun, it looks great, and it puts the other Flappy games to shame. What’s not to love?