flappy clones

It’s been nearly three weeks since developer Dong Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird from the App Store, but its presence is still very much felt in the Top Charts. It seems every other day another clone of Nguyen’s hit game pops up in the list of the most popular apps.

That’s not too surprising though, considering that according to The Guardian, a big chunk of new iOS games are Flappy Bird clones. How big of a chunk? Well, looking at a group of 300 new games over 24 hours, the outlet says that one-third were FB knockoffs…

Here’s The Guardian’s Stuart Dredge with more:

In the last 24 hours, just under 300 new iOS games went live on Apple’s App Store. Nearly one third of them were clones of – or heavily inspired by – recent app phenomenon Flappy Bird. […]

Today, when I launched my RSS reader, 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.”

Dredge goes on to list all 95 Bird clones, but we won’t do that here. Just know that most of their names are quite ridiculous, ranging from ‘Flappy Beard Hipster Quest’ to ‘A Floppy Floppy Flying Disk in The Land of 8 Bit Retro Game,’ and everything in between.

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What’s even worse is that if 95 of these games made it into the App Store, you have to wonder how many are actually being submitted. Remember that Apple began rejecting ‘Flappy’ apps shortly after the original was pulled to put a stop to the onslaught of copycats.

A handful of these clones are seeing success—5 of them currently occupy spots in the US App Store’s Top 10 list—so I don’t imagine we’ll see the onslaught slow down anytime soon. As for Nguyen, he says he has no plans to bring the original back from the dead.

All things considered, it’s not hard to see why developers have been so anxious to emulate Nguyen’s formula. At the height of its popularity, Flappy Bird was earning more than $50,000 per day in ad revenue. Not bad for a game he was able to make in his spare time.

  • Mike M. Powell

    i thought apple was going to deny any game with flappy/floppy/etc, or anything related to the original? :/ ppl are losing their souls for this damn game smh :c

    • mrgerbik

      just the name

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    i saw miley one and i laughed last week. i guess there will be trends for popular games like this. this happened to angrybirds too.

  • davinspir .

    no one cares about flappy bird ,why you keep coming with this boring articles?

    • Sid

      Well it seems like you do. Enough to log in and make a post 🙂

  • Eni

    who is developer of games here? i have a beautyful idea for a game but i dont know how to make a game, please contact me

    • Marcus

      Learn how to code. Do not tell anyone your idea. They will not hesitate to steal your idea and make money off of it.

      • Eni

        that’s very dificult for me, i have school and no time 🙁

      • Joe McBobson

        It’s the same for me

      • Jonathan

        Hey, I’m in 10th grade here and I’m learning programming. I’m also developing themes, and videos.
        No time? Well, I think we should manage our time better..

      • Phillip

        Where can i learn how to code for free?

      • Jonathan

        The library.

      • Jeffrey

        how did u learn to code? i always wanted to learn it but its soooooo difficult without a teacher, coding is so freaking awesome, you can do anything you want! but im not made for coding i guess, im so bad at learning it

      • Jonathan

        Ikr? That’s what I do to keep inspiring myself, because it can get boring just watching a guy type stufffffffff and so forth. 😛
        I learn on lynda . com
        You can get a subscription but it has AMAZING tutorials. If you really want to learn, I’d suggest you get it.

      • Jeffrey

        hahah yeah. hmm, ill look at it, thanks! (btw did it take you long to learn ur first lines?)

      • Jonathan

        I’m doing HTML, so no. I already know the basics of it, and am already starting on making my first website after just 2 weeks. Taking notes is key though.

      • Jeffrey

        oh very nice! how long do you think you’ve spent learning the code? (in hours). i’m pretty curious since i’d love to learn to code but i’ve got my final exams in 2 months

      • Jonathan

        So far I’ve watched about 2 hours worth of video, but I’ve broken it up over about 2 weeks. Why? Because I take notes and test along with him which can take some time. If you just sit there and watch it and do nothing, You’re going to forget. So take good notes, because you’re not going to remember everything and notes will be your best friend. 😀

      • Royce Otero

        Get an attorney. If you do find someone.

  • hkgsulphate

    I don’t want to live anymore

    • Dan

      can I have your stuff?

      • Jonathan

        Can I have his Mac? I need one..

      • Jeffrey

        only if i can get his ipad!!

      • Jonathan

        I want the Mini though.

      • Dan

        good with me, I’ve already got one.

      • Dan

        yeah I’ll take his iPhone.

      • Jonathan

        and use the hack that was posted a long time ago to gain access to Touch ID, then restore as new and even take over Gmail. 0_o

      • Jeffrey

        hahahah, would be a pain in the butt to fix that though, but yeah, i’d like his ipad mini/air too!

      • Jonathan

        I claimed the Mini. 😛

      • Jeffrey

        hahah alright ill take the air:) (or the mini 2 if he has a mini and a mini 2)

      • Jonathan

        I wanted the Mini 2. xD *starts fighting like a little brother to a little brother/sister*

      • Jeffrey

        hahhahah alright alright ill take the slightly less awesome ipad air then:(

      • Jonathan

        Mommy! Jeffrey won’t share wif me again!!

      • Jeffrey

        hahahah

  • Matt

    Others try to imitate, but none are able to replicate.

  • Jason Baroni

    What about now, Nintendo?

  • Jonathan

    Sheesh.

  • Jonathan

    I just read this woman was selling her kid on Craigslist to exchange or get enough money to buy an iPhone 5 with Flappy Bird on it. Wow. What a world we live in.

    • Joe McBobson

      What!?!?!? wow.

    • JS3

      i will trade for her kid for my iphone 5 with flappy bird today!!

      anyways tho i thought apple was “NOT” allowing games to make to the apple store with the name “flappy” in it??? that was not true obviously!!

      • Jonathan

        Hi, 911? Can you track the location of @JS3:disqus? Thanks.
        Lemme know how comfy the beds are in prison. I always was curious. 😛

    • Jeffrey

      HAHA+1

  • …because imitation is the best form of flattery!
    🙂

  • Jonathan

    Yeppers!

    • Jeffrey

      yay

    • Jeffrey

      i found some movies but it says that i have to make an account:( its pretty expensive

      • Jonathan

        Yes. it’s a monthly/3 month/yearly subscription. It’s well worth its price though.
        btw, the yearly is $50 off currently, so $250 for a year.

      • Jeffrey

        aaaaaaaah:(

      • Jonathan

        Create a theme, sell it, get a couple thousand or so, buy Lynda. 😛

      • Jeffrey

        hahahaha ill think about it

  • Sasha

    Worst Flappy clone I ever came across. Its too simple

  • Hi Cody

    It’s crazy really that Flappy Bird was making that kind of money but still totally believable the game was everywhere. It’s not surprising that developers are rushing to make copies and it’s worth it, they are getting past the Apple checks so why not. The sad thing is there are guides being sold on how make a successful App Store game that basically say copy the most popular game on the App Store which is Flappy Bird or a Flappy Bird clone. There are even kits available to make copying the game easier, you just need to tweak it and change the name and then try to get past the Apple check. I write occasionally for iPad Repair, we’ve got an article on the values of handsets have shooting up as a result of having Flappy Bird installed, what about devices with Flappy Bird copies or Flappy Bird on Jailbroken devices? It’s all the same thing really, what do you think?
    Best wishes
    Brian