Thoopid, the South African developer behind Snailboy have just released a new game for iOS called Tap the Coin.

Fans of mobile games will immediately see the similarity between it and the recent phenomenon that is Flappy Bird, as Tap the Coin is another screen-tapping game that is easy in concept but in reality incredibly difficult to master.

The core principle is that players must tap the screen at the right moment to keep a coin bouncing up and down in the air. The challenge comes in first mastering the necessary timing, and then adapting to new coins that fly in from the left and right. It’s a lot tougher than it sounds, believe me. It’s also maddeningly addictive, so watch out!

Tap the Coin is free and available on iTunes, with a version for Android “Coming Soon”. Thoopid released a trailer for the game showing off the coin-bouncing, screen tapping action (see below).

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