Flappy Bird clones would be a dime a dozen these days if most of them weren’t free to download.
Once game designer Dong Nguyen decided to delete the addictive game due to the public’s endless obsession with the title, a number of developers decided to cash in on the Flappy Bird craze. Everyone from Fall Out Boy to Sesame Street offered variations on the popular game, though nothing truly compares to the real thing.
According to the folks at The Guardian, there were no less than 95 Flappy Bird knock-offs released within the span of 24 hours. Although the App Store is trying to keep some of these clones from reaching the general public, apparently a few of the wannabes manage to slip between the digital cracks.
Some of the titles include Flying Pig, Scrappy Bird, Splashy Girl, and My Fat Flying Dragon, among many others. Since folks can learn to program a game like Flappy Bird in a relatively short amount of time, it’s no surprise that so many knock-offs have popped up in recent days.
In fact, kids as young as six can now make their very own Flappy Bird clone in the span of about 20 minutes. According to GeekWire, the folks at Code.org are providing a simple program that allows just about anyone to make a suitable alternative to Dong Nguyen’s ridiculous popular time-waster.
“We already know that the chance to ‘make an app’ is something people aspire to, but they think it’s out of reach. We want to give kids something that lets them express a degree of creativeness,” Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi explained.
He added, “We already know that the chance to ‘make an app’ is something people aspire to, but they think it’s out of reach. We want to give kids something that lets them express a degree of creativeness. There are endless possibilities and kids can try them and realize the creativity involved in computer science within just 20 minutes.”
The Inquisitr previously reported that an English pub called The Imperial currently hosts one of the only coin-operated Flappy Bird arcade machines on the planet. Pub patron Paul Jackson reportedly made the cabinet for absolutely free.
“I was talking to a few friends in the pub after ‘Flappy Bird’ was pulled. We all played it and I got thinking about creating it as an arcade game for the pub,” Jackson told the Mirror.
He continued, “I tinker a bit with arcade cabinets, software programming and writing apps, so to recreate ‘Flappy Bird’ like-for-like only took me about three or four hours and cost just 50 pounds. It is exactly the same — apart from adding the high score board so that people can compete against each other.”
What do you think about all the Flappy Bird clones on the market?