Down The Flappy Bird Clone Games Hole

By Todd Russell Jun7,2024

Some time ago, we covered a simple, but addictive game called POOSH XL, see: Cross-platform Score Chase Added to PGM: POOSH XL. We’re still score chasing that and if you enjoy games with that sort of simple, but effective, pick up, play it fast, play it repeatedly, then this article is for you.

While down at Next Level Pinball & Arcade, we saw this giant vertical mode game called Floating Tickets by Adrenaline (https://adrenalinearcade.com/flying-tickets-2/). Turns out this $12,000+ modern arcade game is a clone of a mobile game by Vietnamese developer Doug Nguyen made in 2013 called Flappy Bird.

Good news! No $$$ needed, Flappy Bird, the game that inspired Flying TIckets has a website (https://flappybird.net/), and we can even play the game in the browser or download for free right now.

For those that enjoy variety, a recent blog post shares other Flappy Bird clone games:

For example, in Fly Birdie – Jetpacking Wings, Flappypig adds jetpack physics for an extra gameplay wrinkle. Doggy Flappy incorporates tilting controls to simulate a flying dog’s fluttering ears. Flappy 48 subverts expectations by making pipes move towards the bird instead of vice versa. Splashy Fish exchanges a bird protagonist for a fish splashing uphill via its tail. Clones like Temple Fly and Rodeo Stampede integrate the core flapping mechanic into wildly different genres like endless runners and zoo simulators.

The Rise of Flappy Bird Clones – Flappy Bird

Despite the success of the original game, the developer took down the game due to his feelings that it was too “addictive.”

In an interview with Forbes, Nguyen cited the game’s addictive nature for its cancellation, stating: “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 said that the guilt that he felt over the game was affecting his sleep and that his conscience was relieved after he took down the game.

Flappy Bird – Wikipedia

It’s somewhat crazy how a game so widely popular from 2013-2014 this author totally missed, but here we are. A clone takes me down the rabbit hole, to go back in time 10+ years and enjoy the game, which I agree is addictive, but hopefully in a fun and non-destructive, playful way. Gamer readers will need to decide.

Oh, and one more bonus Flappy Bird-related item. CodeWithFaraz shows step-by-step how to make your own Flappy Bird Game in HTML, CSS and JavaScript here: https://www.codewithfaraz.com/content/194/step-by-step-guide-develop-flappy-bird-game-using-html-css-and-javascript-source-code

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