Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen to release new game this week
Published 19/08/2014 | 08:16
Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, will release a follow-up to his smash-hit game later this week.
Swing Copters will be available to download from Apple's App Store from Thursday. The app will be free, with a subsequent charge to remove adverts.
Similar to Flappy Bird, which was downloaded more than 50m times, people playing Swing Copters have to tap the screen to make a man wearing a "propeller hat" move left and right. The hero must dodge giant hammers and navigate ledges as he flies upwards, with a point scored for every obstacle he avoids.
Whether Mr Nguyen, a 28-year-old Vietnam-based developer, hopes Swing Copters will be as big a hit as Flappy Bird is debatable.
His first 2D side-scrolling game, in which the player must control a flying bird without hitting pipes, was released on May 24, 2013, and quickly became a hit. It became the most downloaded free game in the App Store by the end of January 2014.
A month later, Mr Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird from the online store, claiming its popularity had "ruined my simple life". He tweeted: "I'm sorry Flappy Bird users, 22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore."
He reportedly received death threats, and several similar games were created in a bid to cash in on Flappy Bird's popularity. At one point in March, around a third of new apps uploaded to Apple's App Store were Flappy Bird clones.
Mr Nguyen released a new version, Flappy Birds Family, earlier this month exclusively on Android's app store.