Days after the removal of Flappy Bird from the App Store and Google Play, tons of clones are now flooding the app stores in an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the game. Games like “Ironpants“ and “Clumsy Bird” are shooting up the free app charts and offer blatant copies of Flappy Bird’s gameplay, which itself may have been a clone.
With news that Dong Nguyen, developer of Flappy Bird, made $50,000 a day from ad revenue, the temptation for creating a similarly successful game may be too much. Those who missed downloading Flappy Bird while it was still available are now looking for alternatives for quick, addictive gameplay and the developers of these clones are hoping to cash in on this. Search the App Store or Google Play for the word “flappy” and you’ll get tons of ridiculous clones featuring different animals but the exact same gameplay of Flappy Bird.
The success of Flappy Bird has baffled developers and even Nguyen himself. There are plenty of games that offer quick, frustrating gameplay like Canabalt but what made Flappy Bird such a success?