'Flappy Bird' For Android And iPhone: The Popular Game May Give 'Candy Crush' A Run For Its Money
So long “Candy Crush.”
“Flappy Bird” is the newest viral video game phenomenon. Developed by Dong Nguyen, and published by Vietnam-based Gears Studio last year, the title is being downloaded 2-3 million times per day in Google Play and Apple iOS stores. “Flappy Bird” launched in May 2013. The title received an iPhone update in May and an iOS6 update in September. It topped the free category of downloadable games in the American and Chinese iTunes App Store at the end of January 2014. So, yeah, you could say it’s popular.
“Flappy Bird” isn’t terribly complicated. Players must tap the screen to control a chubby, 8-bit bird. The objective of “Flappy Bird” is to maneuver spaces between green pipes that resemble 1985’s NES class “Super Mario Bros.”
“'Flappy Bird' is an insanely irritating, difficult and frustrating game which combines a super-steep difficulty curve with bad, boring graphics and jerky movement,” a Huffington Post reviewer said on Jan. 29. “As such, it is almost universally the most popular free app on the iTunes and Android app stores. No one knows why it's popular. At least, no one who has actually played it. The idea is simple -- press the screen to flap the bird and stay in the air in between deadly, suspiciously Mario-style pipe barriers. And it's hard. Really hard. While some scores on the game's Worldwide leaderboard reach into the billions, getting beyond about '10' without using a hack seems impossible.”