The Flappy Bird craze continues. While mobile users anxiously wait for Dong Nguyen to re-release his popular game, which won't be anytime soon, Eli Hodapp, editor-in-chief for TouchArcade, has released his own version onto Apple's App Store.
Hodappy Bird is just like Flappy Bird, but with Hodapp as the main character.The goal is for users try to get past pipes and collect bitcoins against a Chicago background. Of course, the bitcoins aren't real and can't be used for anything outside of the game, about which players are warned before they proceed.
In an email interview with Cult of Mac, Hodapp said the Flappy Bird spoof was developed by Paul Pridham over the course of one weekend. He is not making any statement about the Flappy Bird craze with the creation and release of his game.
"The fact of the matter is I have a silly sense of humor and very dumb things make me laugh," he said.
He even wrote a fake review of the Flappy Bird spoof on TouchArcade, and awarded it the site's "most coveted rating ever" of 20 golden nuggets.
"The entire point of Hodappy Bird is to just be silly as it's been a running joke on the podcast and on our Twitch streams forever," he noted after the game review.
Hodapp is basing the success of his version of Flappy Bird on "whether or not its existence is amusing" to him, he said.
"And to that benchmark, the launch has been amazingly successful," he added.
It seems there have been some Flappy Bird lovers who like his version, as it has been performing well in Pakistan and Kuwait, Hodapp said.
"I've got no idea yet if that means it was downloaded twice in both of those markets to cause that spike, but being able to say my game is sort of a big deal in Pakistan is amazing regardless," he said.
Since the launch of his game, he said one new insight he had was seeing "what made Flappy Bird so magical."
"I've had [Hodappy Bird] on my phone since it was completed a few weeks ago, and since it was rejected the first time around by Apple, I had plenty of time to show it to people," he added. "I didn't come across a single person who didn't instantly know how to play it, including total non-gamers who don't even bother with the ultra-casual titles it seems everyone with an iPhone plays."
Hodapp said he didn't create his game as a method of getting rich, and he's not too worried about it becoming as successful as Flappy Bird.
"If it blows up like Flappy Bird did, that's awesome, but I'm happy just being able to tell my grandma I'm popular in Kuwait," he added.
Even though Flappy Bird may not be available on the App Store or Google Play at the moment, it can be played on this website.
[Image via Cult of Mac]