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Flappy Bird clones flying onto the market is horrible for mobile gaming

The wildly successful Flappy Bird was pulled from mobile markets earlier this year, after which flocks of clones started to pop up. The amount of clones was so high that both Google and Apple had to take drastic steps, denying the release of said clones onto the mobile market. Today, I take a look at exactly what happened and why this is a bad thing, featuring oversaturation of the market, the best clones out there to feed your addiction and where Flappy Bird is going next.

Oversaturation of the Market – Google and Apple take drastic measures

Flappy Bird was pulled from both the Google Playstore and iTunes. Shortly thereafter, a flock of clones appeared. In one day, 95 clones appeared on iTunes and 80 on the Google Playstore, which forced the mobile marketplaces to take drastic measures.

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Stuart Dredge from The Guardian reports: “There were 293 new iOS games released since 5am yesterday morning. After scooting through them, I’ve been able to identify 95 that are obvious Flappy Bird-inspired games. The vast majority of these will sink without trace, of course. But at the time of writing, four of the top five free iPhone games in the US App Store fall into the Flappy genre – Flappy Wings, Hoppy Frog, Flying Cyrus - Wrecking Ball and Splashy Fish. In the UK, those four are all in the top 10.” - Source

Both Google and Apple started rejecting apps with the name “Flappy” in them, stating that the app name attempts to leverage a popular app. Developers where unhappy and retaliated by changing the name of their app to something less familiar, such as “Clumsy Bird” and “Splashy Girl” as examples.

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It is clear that developers tried to cash in on the idea of Flappy Bird and honestly I can not blame them. The problem is that such an oversaturation of the mobile market is a horrible sign for mobile gaming.

The clones drowned out actual great games that took a lot of development time to create. The addictive nature of Flappy Bird means people continue to play it to this day. However, for me personally a big part of the addiction was competing and bragging to friends about a high score I set up.

The amount of clones out there means that very few of my friends played the same game, completely destroying the competitive nature that I so adored which is in my books a very bad thing for mobile gaming. Be that as it may, there are a few gems that stand out head and wings above the rest, clones that are worthy of being on the mobile market.        

The best out there – These are the clones you are looking for

I have to warn you that these games are extremely addictive. Myself and MWEB GameZone take no responsibility for the loss of time, work and death of unfed pets when you do download these mobile works of art that can be compared to virtual crack.

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Epic Games, the company behind the Unreal Engine, has released Tappy Chicken just last week. The game is for me the best of the shameless Flappy Bird clones out there.

Epic Games notes that it was built by a single artist with no programming skills. The developers released the game to show the flexibility of the Unreal Engine 4 and even encourage people to download the engine to build their own version of the game.

Tappy Chicken adds a small extra mechanic which allows the player to collect eggs. Crashing your chicken into wooden posts will cause it to lay random multicolored eggs which you can collect to later view in a gallery, with no other function that to further fuel the addiction through a “catch them all” gameplay element.

South African developers, Thoopid, who introduced the world to Snailboy, jumped on the bandwagon to bring us Tap the Coin. I personally reviewed this mobile masterpiece that only took 1 hour and 15 minutes to create and two weeks to fine tune.

Tappy Chicken can be found on the Playstore here and iTunes here.
Tap the Coin can be found on the Playstore here and iTunes here.

Tappy Chicken and Tap the Coin is for me, the cream of the crop when it comes to games that resemble Flappy Bird. Even though these games are wonderfully addictive, there is still only one true Flappy Bird and it will be coming back.

Where is Flappy Bird – The comeback will be complete in August

It is no secret that Flappy Bird was extremely successful. So much so that the creator Nguyen actually pulled it from both iTunes and the Playstore after concerns that the game has become an addictive product. Nguyen recently announced that he will be brining Flappy Bird back to the mobile marketplaces, completing the comeback of a game that earned him $50,000 a day in ad revenue.

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Billy Steele from Engadget reports:  “Creator Dong Nguyen told CNBC today that he'll put the title back in the App Store in August. When it does return though, it's said to be less addictive thanks to a new multiplayer mode. And there are entirely new games modes too, including one that features a man hopping from building to building. No word on how Nguyen plans to keep folks from getting hooked on those just yet.” - Source

I do not believe for one second that the game will be less addictive. Multiplayer and therefore competition fuels addiction even more in my opinion. There is no doubt that the game will be a hit when it returns, as a multiplayer Flappy Bird will most likely take over the internet.

Closing Thoughts

The amount of Flappy Bird clones is astonishing to say the least. It is horrible for the mobile market and drowns out actual great games, yet there are some clones worth playing. Tappy Chicken and Tap the Coin are some of the most addictive games I have ever experienced. However, there can be only one real Flappy Bird, which is returning in August 2014 as a multiplayer game.

Have you played Flappy Bird, Tap the Coin or Tappy Chicken? Do you think all the Flappy Bird clones are a bad thing for mobile gaming? Are you anxiously awaiting the resurrection of Flappy Bird as a multiplayer game? Do you believe the new Flappy Bird will really be less addictive? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.  

Sources: The Guardian, Engadget

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