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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve heard all about Dong Nguyen’s viral mobile game, Flappy Bird. You’ve probably also heard that he took it down after it became “too addictive.” But why is it exactly that a simple game like Flappy Bird became so popular?
Critics like to gripe about games like Flappy Bird, saying that they aren’t even “games” at all. Whether you love it or hate it, Flappy Bird is a video game. Is it a good one? It’s arguable that it isn’t. However, a game doesn’t necessarily need to be good to still be fun and addictive, and Flappy Bird certainly is that.
After downloading Flappy Bird, I found myself playing it several times a day, usually while laying in bed or riding in the passenger’s seat of a car. It’s a great game to play when boredom strikes, and it’s not meant to be a great, groundbreaking video game. But just why did it become so popular? Because it was a simple game that anyone could play.
Mobile games are played by everyone, even people who don’t call themselves “gamers.” Remember when SongPop was the next big thing? Everyone and their mother was playing that game. Same with Angry Birds (games about birds seem to be trending in recent years), Temple Run, and others. These games are great time wasters; let’s face it: they’re great for toilet time. They’re also great distractions when you’re in a situation you don’t want to be in; like when your friend drags you to a party with a bunch of people you don’t know. You don’t need to be good at games to play Flappy Bird or Angry Birds; you just need to practice tapping on your screen. It doesn’t take a hardcore gamer to do that.
Obviously, mobile games and console/PC games are two totally different beasts. Most people who own video game consoles aren’t interested in playing Angry Birds (although obviously someone is since Rovio did release that game on console). However, people don’t buy smartphones to play games; it’s just a nice little bonus to be able to play quick, silly games on your phone.
I think that making mobile-like games on dedicated handhelds is just silly. The Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita are made for hardcore gamers. People who want to play Angry Birds are just going to play that on their phones. However, there is definitely a market for games like Flappy Bird, and there is nothing wrong with that.
People who call themselves gamers can sometimes be some of the worst people on the planet. Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, received tons of criticism on Twitter because people hated his game. If you don’t like the game, then don’t download it and play it. Simple as that. Leave Dong Nguyen alone! (And Phil Fish for that matter).
Do you enjoy mobile games? Personally, I’m a hardcore gamer, but I do enjoy mobile games when I’m trying to find a way to kill time. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Feeling the withdrawal symptoms hit you hard post Flappy Bird’s demise? The app was pulled off app stores after a whirlwind success story spanning over a few weeks, where the app became the number one free game in not just the iOS App Store but also the Google Play Store.
Flappy Bird was earning its Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen $50,000 a day but it was reportedly no consolation for his “peace and quiet”. Instead of riding the roller coaster of a successful game that could have followed the footsteps of Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds, Nguyen decided to chuck it all out and pulled out the game from stores.
Of course, this was not a good enough explanation for Flappy Bird fans who were distraught enough to even send out death threats to Nguyen. However, if you’re the kinds who are patiently waiting for something similar to come your way, fret not, since developers around the world have already come up with replacements of all kinds for the silly, impossible game.
Wow. Mashing up the meme of the year and the game of the year can do you no harm. The flash game you can play on your PC has a Flappy Bird that has a Doge like face. Exactly like Flappy Bird, you need to guide the Doge-faced bird through pipes and make high scores. Fly your Shiba Inu faced Doge-Bird into a pipe and you’ll be told that the game is “Much Over”. We only wish the Doge would go “Wow” every time it scored.
The only issue with Flappy Doge is that handling the controls here are far more frustrating compared to Flappy Bird. Fun while it lasts and a must-see for Doge fans.
Flappy Bird Typing Tutor:
Oh, this game will get you good, it will really get you good. So you thought you were a maverick when it came to maneuvering the bird between pipes? This game will test your multitasking abilities to the hilt. It’s yet another game for the PC but you’ll see why.
The only way to maneuver the bird in Flappy Bird Typing Tutor is by typing out words that appear on the screen. However, the faster you type, the higher the bird flies and you need to adjust your speed according to the placement of the pipes. Type slowly if the pipe openings are too low and faster when the next one is high. By the end of the game you would have either mastered typing without looking at your keyboard, or may have smashed it completely.
The game is available for Android and iOS both and sees you playing a superhero. You need to fly the character in between crate boxes, but again, this is easier said than done. Unlike Flappy Bird, where you need to tap on the screen to make the birdie fly, you need to hold onto the screen to have Ironpants soar. To make him descend enough to go between crates, you need to let go of the screen.
This silly game is available for Android and it gives off a mild feeling of a Flappy Bird being a wise-guy. The premise is exactly the same as Flappy Bird, you need to have a cupid run between pillars without touching it. The only difference between the games is that Flappy Bird ensured you’re not distracted, except for an occasional banner ad, Amazing Cupid will make sure you are distracted, with the funnies speech bubbles, throughout your turn.
If you fail and fall, the game will tell you things like “No wonder you’re lonely.” During an intense game, the cupid will inform you that Amazing Cupid was inspired by Flappy Bird, but on steroids. You might just want to leave the game alone and read the funny one liners. Download Amazing Cupid for Android.
If you’ve played Jetpack Joyride in the past and have loved it, this game is for you. Unlike Flappy Bird, you do not die if you touch anything here and there’s not just one type of obstacle in Badland. While you had to dodge pipes, you have to dodge multiple obstacles like falling stones, windmills and more. The challenge here is not to be pushed down by the obstacle since it’s a sidescrolling game. If you lose the screen, you lose the game.
That aside, Badland is possibly the best replacement for Flappy Bird you might get. The game is over 150MB in size, but worth it since it has some stunning graphics. You play a bird, which in the atmospheric game is merely a silhouette, as are your obstacles. These are placed against colourful backgrounds that make the game a lot more beautiful to look at. Download Badland for iOS and Android from the app stores.
Have more Flappy Bird clones you think we’ll enjoy, tell us in the comments section.