Flappy Bird might be gone from the App Store, but a handful of copycat apps – including Flappy Bee and Flappy Plane – are doing particularly well off the back of the free app’s removal. In fact, both apps – along with a third, Fly Birdie - Flappy Bird Flyer – are soaring through the App Store charts at a pretty fast rate.
TouchArcade rightly notes that the three apps have seen a huge spike in downloads since developer Dong Nguyen removed his popular Flappy Bird game from the App Store yesterday, as promised. Three Flappy Bird knock-off apps have broken into the App Store’s Top 20 free apps chart – Fly Birdie - Flappy Bird Flyer (No. Two, up 35 places), Flappy Bee (No. Five, up 60 places), and Flappy Plane (No. 15, up three places) – and even more can be found further down the list.
Taking position No. 46 in the free app chart is Fluffy vs. Flappy birds, up a monstrous 155 places, and Flying Flappy Unicon Bird – though not in the App Store’s Top 200 free apps – is nevertheless “having great placement for the search term ‘Flappy Bird,’” the publication adds.
Instead of a flappy bird, Ironpants features a parodic superhero character. But just like Flappy Bird, Ironpants offers a simple pixelated arcade gameplay that has you tapping to keep your character flying through a series of narrow spaces between pairs of vertical obstacles. Your goal? To avoid as many obstacles as you can on your way to a high score, since bumping into just one already means game over.
If you’re suffering from Flappy Bird withdrawal and need an app to replace the popular title, all of the games mentioned in this article – Ironpants, Fly Birdie - Flappy Bird Flyer, Flappy Bee, Flappy Plane, and Flying Flappy Unicon Bird – can be downloaded free of charge.
But do you feel any of them are as good as the original?
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