It’s been just about three weeks now since Vietnamese app developer Dong Nguyen pulled his game, Flappy Bird, from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Since then, those respective app stores have been flooded by Flappy Bird clones of both the copycat and not-so-savoury variety. Many were just there to fill the void of the original while others were there to cash in on the marketing hype while not offering any flappy gameplay experience at all. There were even Flappy Bird emulators for desktop web browsers.
Now, one developer has taken and his family have created a Flappy Bird replacement – something that’s similar to the original, but has enough new content to not be a clone. It’s called Buffalo Wings (download on iOS), and stars – yes – an 8-bit buffalo. Aside from fine-tuning the mechanics of Flappy Bird the developer has also added a little twist. Rather than the original game’s frustrating difficulty which saw players always flying into things, Jeremy Olson of Tapity has toned things down a bit. It’s far easier to play, giving first-timers the satisfaction of immediately seeing progress.
It’s not all easy, though. You still have the challenge of going for a high score – and that’s where there’s a nice twist. Instead of a plain ol’ death screen, your high score screen has a little buffalo fact. Some are even laugh-out-loud funny, but still informative. Who’da thunk it? A silly mobile game being used to educate people.
In the mean time, a Chinese developer has built a robot to play Flappy Bird, and make your high score seem downright insignificant.