Sunday 17 December 2017

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen to release new game this week

Flappy Hipster: From bird to beard
Flappy Hipster: From bird to beard
Flappy Bird creator took take the game offline earlier this year
Nguyen Ha Dong, the Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird, has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life

Andy Trotman

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.

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