Tuesday 21 October 2014

Flappy Bird clones make up a third of new iOS games

Nearly a third of new games submitted to the App Store are imitations of Flappy Bird

Rhiannon Williams

Published 04/03/2014 | 16:15

Flappy Hipster: From bird to beard

In spite of Apple's reported efforts to block apps with Flappy in the title from entering its App Store, around one third of new iOS games uploaded are clones of app phenomenon Flappy Bird.

The Guardian has reported that out of 300 games uploaded within 24 hours, 95 were clones of or heavily inspired by Flappy Bird, in an effort to capitalise on the game's removal from the App Store.

These include the imaginatively named Tappy Bieber, Annoying Flappy Fly, Flappy Monsters, Tappy Duck and Flappy Beard Hipster Quest.

The game's description urges players to "guide our hero hipster through the bizarre world of beer and coffee using the power of his amazing flapping beard! Can you withstand his barrage of pithy commentary and frequent requirement for smoke breaks?"

Jumpy Jack, in which a player has to navigate a small skateboarder through a series of familiar-looking pipe-like obstacles is currently number one in the free download chart, followed by Flappy Wings, a blatant Flappy Bird replication.

The Flappy Bird app experienced an unprecedented level of success, before creator Dong Nguyen announced his decision to withdraw the game from app stores, saying unwanted attention generated by the phenomenally successful game had ruined his "simple life".

Mr Nguyen, who is based in Vietnam, said his decision was not related to legal issues, but that he "just cannot keep it anymore" [sic].

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