‘Flappy Bird’ is a free mobile game (available for iOS and Android) having one of the highest addictivities I ever came across. You control a bird in its unsteady flight per tapping. One tap = one small ascent. Since the bird sinks nearly immediately after your touch, you will be constantly tapping. You fly automatically from left to right and the goal is to fly through as many small gaps between two tubes (looking like those from Super Mario) as possible. And that is really hard.
The game was developed by Dong Nguyen in May 2013, but has been starting to get viral since January. While mobile phone users worldwide don’t text or phone anymore, because they are playing ‘Flappy Bird’ all the time, the 29-year old inventor doesn’t want to hear anything about the hype and advises players to give his game a break every now and then.
That is a lot easier said than done! The game is so addictive that I even took a break from writing this post in order to play the game and to get frustrated not being able to rise my high score once again.
To point out: the game is great! The source of its awesomeness is its simplicity. After playing it the first time, you know exactly what you have to do and you won’t do or learn anything else for the rest of the game. It’s just you and the challenge to pass the tubes as many times as possible. The competition for the highest high score with your friends will encourage you to play ‘Flappy Bird’ additionally. The game is the reason why I didn’t regret to have forgotten my book at home this morning. I spent my train ride today playing instead of reading and I wasn’t sad about it.
To everybody owning a smart phone and not possessing the game: get the game now and thank (and hate!) me later.
A Gamer’s Panorama