If you are unaware of people on the Internet and social networks going crazy and ranting about a game called Flappy Bird, you are one of the lucky few and we would ask you not to read this story any further. Still here, are we? Guess you are either already a victim of this new phenomenon or just too curious and like many of us, can’t quite understand why a game as simple and primitive as Flappy Bird has managed to dominate the iOS and Google Play app stores. Also Read - Top five mind-bending games to boost your brain
Flappy Bird was created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen of dotGears Studios and since its launch in May last year, has garnered more than 240,000 four-star reviews on iOS. It has been downloaded over 5 million times on Android and an equally high number of times on iOS and is ranked higher than more famous games like Angry Birds and Clash of Clans. Nguyen has also created two other games — Shuriken Block and Super Ball Juggling. Also Read - Best Online Games to be launch in April 2020
The premise of the game is very simple, you help a bird fly through a series of obstacles and avoid hitting the pipes — which look like they have been copy-pasted from Nintendo’s Mario — by repeatedly tapping the screen. There is literally nothing more to the game in terms of story or challenges and the graphics are primitive at best. But simple though it may sound, let me warn you, it is one of the most difficult games you will have come across.
It is not easy to navigate the bird through the pipes without touching them and if you are even slightly lax in your tapping, the little birdie simply plummets towards the ground. Herein also lays this game’s mysterious pull. In any other circumstance, one would have mostly left the game after a couple of frustrating tries. But Flappy Bird seems to have been programmed to play tricks on the human minds. You really cannot wrap your head around how something so simple, is so freaking difficult and hence you keep trying again and again…and again, till you surpass your last score. When you finally do cross your high score, the level of satisfaction is as immense as, if not more, than an actor winning an Oscar after three tries.
It is no wonder then; people across the globe have fallen prey to the mysterious allure of this flapping bird. Within the first hour of downloading the game, yours truly had played the game more than 50 odd times, and yet at the time of filing the story could only get a measly score of 3. That hasn’t deterred him though as he has vowed to better his score within the next 50 tries.
If you have not tried Flappy Bird yet and are ready to take the plunge (despite our warning!), you can download the game for free from the App Store or the Google Play Store. If, on the other hand, you are already addicted, why not show off your high score in the comment section below.