Catch the pigeon! Here are the best and worst Flappy Bird clones

Catch the pigeon! Here are the best and worst Flappy Bird clones
At this point in the history of mankind, we are certain that even Pope Francis is aware of Flappy Bird and the global craze it sparked. Its success story is quite unusual – a true sleeper hit. Flappy Bird was a months-old iPhone game that nobody cared for, until things started happening. 

In late January, the Reddit hive-mind and PewDiePie (the most subscribed YouTube channel ever) collectively made the game go viral, for reasons unfathomable. The Internet's torrent of support helped Flappy Bird conquer the number one spot in the App Store. A little later, Flappy was ported to Android on January 31, and has amassed over 10 million downloads so far. The game's developer, Dong Nguyen, is already frustrated with the buzz and wants his peaceful pre-fame life back.

What is it about this ridiculous game that made people go nuts over it? It's quick and addictive. It's insanely hard and completely harmless at the same time. It's so goofy and minimal that it could be considered an “anti-game” - so stupid, it's awesome! Its rise to popularity is, essentially, a big joke with the games industry. 

But this article is not an essay on Flappy Bird. It's about how little time it took for other developers to try and cash-in on its formula. Not weeks – literally days after it went viral! It's only February 5, and the amount of Flappy Clones on Android and iOS is staggering. We've rounded up some of the best and worst examples of flattery by imitation.

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30 Comments

1. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

7 more reasons to be pissed off with the gameplay.

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

PA...you're recommending flappy bird HD...it is s**t compared to Flappy bird...Flappy bird 10X better...

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

2-4 look like flappy bird on crack. Still finding it impossible to beat my high score of 66. I almost threw my phone against the wall yesterday. :/

4. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

WHAT?? I cant even get past my high score of 6

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol don't worry you'll get better. I couldn't make it past four for two days, but after I found out how to time the jumps properly, I was averaging over 20 a game and finally hit 66.

5. SleepingOz unregistered

66? Damn, you're freaking good at it!

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

http://tinypic.com/r/72xidh/8 -Taken with my Moto X

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

68 for me and I can't seem to beat it.

13. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

My frnd reached 74:D...crazy

18. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

82 and my friend got 203

6. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

I wanted to throw my phone against the wall after playing this stupid game !!! Insanely Hard & stupid..

8. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I wonder why this is so popular... I tried it once but immediately uninstalled it again.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's addicting. You keep hitting the replay button hoping you'll eventually beat your high score. Also, the way the bird falls when you hit a pipe is hilarious lol.

11. phoneman09

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This game is awesome and yet very addictive. I have played it quite a few times, and my high score is 145!

14. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

The absolute best? Mario in a Frogsuit underwater!

15. Bedz81

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

I just managed 1, damn ya'll good!

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

What's funny about this is, I bet every one of these are a better game than Flappy Bird.

17. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

My best 71

19. simonz1

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

FlyFlyBirdySaga! I have made one beautiful Flappy-Bird replica. I have made the principe all the same, hard to play with game-center. The one thing i have done different is to focus on the design, and make it easy to look at, with harmonic colors and nice sprites. Please check it out, regards// Simon Kaspersen FlyFlyBirdySaga @ App-Store

20. yetidengames

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

Hi everyone! So, as you may have noticed, none of the various clones (with the possible exception of a fish-related app that shall go unnamed) match up to the original. Why, you ask? Physics. Flipping Bird does physics right. Plus, it's funny. And it, like, really feels your rage, bro. Check it out now for iPod and iPhone, and let the revolution begin.

21. lukas-33

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

The best flappy bird clone i have found is “Flutter Bird – Fly with me” (for iphone/iPod touch only). The two game modes each with different difficulty grades have convinced me. App link: tunes.apple.com/de/app/flutter-bird-fly-with-me/id​826810799?mt=8

22. vibrazy

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Hi All, Can you let me know what you think of my Flappy Bird Clone - Tap The Poo #tapthepoo Any feedback will be welcomed.

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

It's nice game...but it's not a clone of Flappy bird...it's just game of that kind...

24. perttikoo

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2014

Flappy Bird was easy, so i made a harder game called Fast Bird. Please check it out: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.isokeke.​fastbird

25. dwayneparrish80

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Best Flappy Bird clone, If you love Flappy Bird then you will love Loopy Bird. It is an exact clone, search for Loopy Bird on the iTunes App Store

26. sholfa

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

I dont want to be rude but almost all clones have no good physics. The one I like the most is Creaky Bird. I think this is the best clone I've seen. Too bad its only for Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.as3games​4u.CreakyBird

27. cwuk1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

With Brazil 2014 just days away, I vote for Keepy Uppy World Cuppy on iPhone!

28. VRock

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

I like fishes, so I like this one for android - play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.allier.Pu​fferFish.android

29. Basedb

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Meh they are just plain old clone with just visual differences. If you want something actually different, play power up bird by infernox. Great take and IMO better than flappy bird. play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Infernox​.PowerUpBird

30. bjornson

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

You forgot to mention the cutest ever: Dragon Fart Saga!!!

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