Because no one demanded it, some madman has seen fit to combine Flappy Bird‘s twitchy, masochistic thrill with the amusing mathematical manipulation of 2048. We’ve got the feeling that unfortunate incidents like this could be avoided if Flappy Bird would just come back to the App Store.
We came across Flappy 2048 by way of HuffPo, which called developer hczhcz – who designed the Flappy Bird/2048 mash-up – an “evil genius” for his contribution. We’re not quite ready to grant the “genius” part of that assertion, but trying to combine the addictiveness of Flappy Bird with the mental challenge of 2048, at least on paper, has a certain tinge of evil to it.
The game purportedly mixes the dexterity and timing challenge of Flappy Bird with the math puzzle stylings of 2048. We say “purportedly” there because we’re trying to be nice. Flappy 2048 has none of the strategic elements of 2048, and each obstacle one passes in the course of the Flappy Bird-style gameplay just raises the counter on one’s block by a single digit. The goal is to make it past 2,048 obstacles, thereby raising one’s score to 2,048. Yay.
By now, everyone with an Internet connection has heard of Flappy Bird, but 2048 is a different animal. Whereas Flappy Bird relied on quick, twitchy tapping in order to progress, 2048 relies on some degree of planning in order to continually increase the value of blocks one has on the screen. It isn’t terribly surprising that 2048 would become part of a knock-off, as the title – which has become one of the most popular in the Play Store and App Store – is itself a barely-disguised knockoff of Threes! which released on the major mobile platforms prior to 2048.
In the wake of Flappy Bird‘s removal from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, there has been no shortage of knock-offs, with Flappy Fish, Goats, Mileys, and Turds proliferating. Just about everything has been made Flappy and given an obstacle course to traverse, as developers and hobbyists have tried to recreate the success of the original Flappy Bird, which at one time was bringing in $50,000 per day for its developer.
As novel as the supposed mashup might seem, Flappy 2048 isn’t too much different from most of the other Flappy Bird clones that have hit the app stores and internet. If you’re looking for a way to pass five minutes, though, and a chance to practice your counting skills, you might find it entertaining. At this rate, we’re almost anxious to see the actual Flappy Bird return to app stores, if only to take the steam out of the endless stream of clones.