We now know just how desperately people want what they can’t have. Flappy Bird, a game that gained astronomic popularity over the last month, was removed from the Android and iOS app stores. But its spirit will live on through the absurd success of Fly Birdie – Flappy Bird Flyer, which is now the number one game on iTunes as of this writing.
Because I’m too curious for my own good, I played Fly Birdie – Flappy Bird Flyer. I’ll give you a short review: It’s exactly like Flappy Bird, except it looks like it was designed by a 3rd grader. (And not a talented 3rd grader.) But the gameplay is strangely comparable to Flappy Bird. It’s got a bird and you tap the screen as it flies forward to avoid Super Mario Bros.-style pipes that get in your way. Hit a pipe and your bird dies … just like in Flappy Bird.
But wait, there’s more! There are eight other games riding the Flappy Bird train into the Top 40 on the iPhone Games charts.
All the Flappy Bird Ripoffs Charting on iTunes:
#5 Flappy Bee
#11 Tiny Wings
This is not a Flappy Birds ripoff, but it’s riding the tide nicely. It’s more about skiing correctly than flapping. Check it out if you really need a bird fix. Glad to see it rising in the iPhone Free Apps chart.
#17 Shuriken Block
#22 Flappy Plane
Rest assured, there are many many more copies of Flappy Bird charting highly on iTunes. The real question is, why did Flappy Bird go so viral in the first place? It’s not a new or imaginative take on the auto-scrolling avoid-the-wall-genre. Maybe people just love flying birds. Maybe Angry Birds should get flappier?
Oh, and if you really need Flappy Bird and can’t settle for less, there are Flappy Bird iPhones going for $100,000 on eBay.