Flappy Bird clones continue to flood the App Store every single day. In fact, there’s a brand new knock-off vying for your undivided attention every 24 minutes on average. Chances are that number isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.
Of course, there’s only a finite number of combinations that lazy and opportunistic game developers can insert into the Flappy Bird formula. Everyone from Justin Bieber to Jackie Chan have found themselves featured in one of these slipshod wannabes. If you’re a celebrity with a decent following, then chances are you might find your face dodging drainage pipes sometime soon.
According to Pocket Gamer, no less than 49 different Flappy Bird clones hit the App Store on March 3. The website points out that some days could feature around 14 brand new knock-offs within the span of a single hour. Even if you can’t get enough of these games, this is definitely a little ridiculous.
Although some designers can’t wait to release their own version of Flappy Bird on the market, developer Dong Nguyen isn’t a very big fan of the hype surrounding his game. In fact, he believes that releasing Flappy Bird was one of the biggest mistakes he’s ever made.
“I was just making something fun to share with other people. I couldn’t predict the success of ‘Flappy Bird,'” he recently told Rolling Stone.
Nguyen upset countless fans around the world when he announced the end of Flappy Bird towards the beginning of February. While some folks believed the borrowed graphics landed him in hot water with Nintendo, the designer explained that everyone’s obsession with the game ultimately forced his hand.
“‘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,” he said.
However, Dong hinted during his interview with Rolling Stone that his beloved creation could return at some point down the road. However, Nguyen is hoping that people will stop obsessing over the game and learn to take breaks in-between sessions.
Until that happens, folks shouldn’t have a hard time finding a suitable alternative to the original Flappy Bird. If you don’t like the clones and knock-offs that are currently available for download on Android or in the App Store, all you need to do is wait 24 minutes. In fact, another contender is probably in development at this very second.