Another Flappy Bird clone?

Android  |  February 21, 2014  |  No responses yet  

I don’t remember exactly what went through my mind at the moment, but given the Flappy Bird craze and subsequent Flappy Bird clone craze, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give it a shot myself. I’ve tried other clones and I haven’t found one that I really like. It’s not just the flying through tubes that makes it catchy… it’s also the physics. So my goal was to replicate the original’s physics as much as possible.

My clone unfortunately was completed after about 4931 other clones so my hopes are not to make $50k a day, however it was a fun experiment and I learned a few things:

  1. It is possible to churn out a simple game in a few days. It took me about a week to finish this (and that’s only working at nights and the weekend). Plus this time included relearning the libGDX basics… about 2 years ago I had started to make a game but never finished it, so I had a general idea of how it worked but it has changed a lot!
  2. Games don’t have to be really expensive to make. For my clone, I downloaded the assets from a free game asset website (don’t remember which, sorry) as well as the sound effects. Not a single cent was given.
  3. Almost everything you need is free (kind of goes with point #2). There are some tools I used (like TexturePackager) which has a free simplified version you can use, or if you really need it a Pro version can be purchased to get extra features. LibGDX is free, as is Eclipse and the Android SDK.
  4. You’re an idiot if your framework doesn’t let you publish on iOS and Android. It seems like a no brainer, but I’ve seen really nice games available on iOS and not Android. Android has totally dominated iOS in terms of quarterly shipments for a while now (like 80% last I remember). I, for one, am waiting on the day that publishing on iOS isn’t really necessary.

I enjoyed making this game and would consider making another one if I get a good idea. I like the fact that I can get one out the door in just a few days or weeks.

I published this game using a different Google Play account. I don’t want my other apps, which are for a different audience, to be related to this app which is clearly just part of a fad. So download it here from Google Play, or here’s the Flappy Bird apk¬†for you to download directly.

Tell me what you think!

Flappy Bird APK

Flappy Reloaded

PS. I also made this: Flappy Reloaded

 

EDIT (25/Feb/2014): As I feared, it was removed from Google Play. I’m going to try to upload it to different app stores, but for now you can download the APK directly, here: http://www.flappyreloaded.com/flappybird.apk