We don't know when Flappy Bird will fly again, but a new game from creator Dong Nguyen is ready to leave the nest.
Swing Copters, Nguyen's first new game since the pixelated bird became a viral phenomenon so big that he pulled it from circulation, is headed to iOS and Android devices on Thursday.
Whether Swing Copters will be as popular with users remains to be seen, of course. The game boasts a visual style that's very reminiscent of Flappy Bird, and it's said to be just as frustratingly difficulty.
This time, you guide a small creature wearing a propeller through the game’s many obstacles. Swing Copters will be a free download, though you can drop 99 cents to remove the ever-present ads.
Is it any good? We'll know for sure when we get our grubby fingers on it in a few days, but the gamers at Touch Arcade have already played it and confirm it's just as addictive as Flappy Bird. That’s great news for players but bad news for Nguyen, who cited the addictive nature of Flappy Bird as the primary reason he removed it from the App Store earlier this year.
“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” Nguyen told Forbes after pulling the game in February. “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”
Of course, Flappy Bird wasn't gone forever. Soon after hgis Forbes chat, Nguyen began backtracking. The game returned earlier this month on Amazon's Fire TV. It has yet to return to the Apple or Android app stores, though, and Nguyen hasn't said whether he plans to resurrect it on those platforms.
But, hey, if Swing Copters scratches that same maddening, masochistic itch, people may not notice. They'll be too busy trying to top the high scores of their friends, and they may have no idea why.
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