Flappy Bird is officially deleted and dead to the world. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some posthumous entertainment courtesy of a few clones and knock-offs.
Since the highly addictive and frustratingly difficult game was a huge success upon its release, many folks are hoping to cash in on the original’s untimely demise. This also gives people who were late to the party a chance to put their skills to the test.
The premise behind Flappy Bird is simple: Guide a small pixelated bird between a series of pipes. While you may think this sounds like a terrible way to waste your precious time, the game is surprisingly hard to master. Even this video game veteran found himself trying to keep that goofy looking bird alive longer than he’s willing to admit.
One of the clones that popped up in the wake of Flappy Bird mania is something called Flappy Bert. Developed by the folks over at Sesame Street, the game is almost identical to Dong Nguyen’s game except that players try to navigate Bert through the obstacle course. It’s a shameless clone, but at least you get to play as one of the show’s more popular characters.
Instead of playing the game on your smartphone or tablet, players can investigate Flappy Bert right now by heading to the Sesame Street website. Take a look if you’re at all curious about the game, though don’t blame us if your entire day mysteriously disappears.
Fall Out Boy is also using a Flappy Bird clone to promote their new album and tour. Dubbed Fall Out Bird, the game allows fans to maneuver members of the group through a very strange world filled with bright green drainage pipes. The game should arrive on Google Play and The App Store in the very near future.
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen shocked the entire planet after announcing that he was yanking the game despite earning around $50,000 a day from advertising. This reportedly prompted some folks to send an assortment of death threats to the poor guy. Others threatened to commit suicide if Nguyen decided to pull the plug on the game.
During a chat with Forbes, the developers explained that the game ultimately turned into something that made him a little uncomfortable. Instead of coming to terms with people’s addiction to the title, he decided to cancel it altogether.
“‘Flappy Bird’ was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever,” Nguyen explained.
Are you sad that Flappy Bird was deleted? Do you plan to check out some of the clones that are on the market?