Flappy Bird’s ‘Vertical’ Sequel “Swing Copters” To Be Released This Week
Flappy Bird – the astonishingly simple yet addictive mobile game that led to such heights of success for the developer that he had to take it down – is now having a sister game, Swing Copters, being released this week.
By the looks of it, Swing Copters seems to have the same still-stuck-in Mario-days graphics as Flappy Bird. Well then what differentiates it from its famous predecessor? Its vertical movement.
Instead of playing a bird, we now play a guy with a helicopter propeller attached to his head who attempts to fly upwards – away from steel beams and swinging hammers that try to knock him down. Just like with Flappy Bird, this game has no apparent end – or maybe it does, but we might never get there because it is “brutally difficult,” as mentioned by an exclusive TouchArcade preview.
The developer, Dong Nguyen, pulled down the game from the App Store and the Google Play store earlier this year, fearing that it became too addictive for players. Moreover, an even major reason was that the Vietnamese developer could not bear the ridiculous amount of success that was ruining his simple life.
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore. – Nguyen tweeted.
Flappy Bird had already been downloaded more than 50 million times before it was taken down. Along with that, the game was reportedly earning $50,000 per day just from ads.
In February, 95 games inspired by Flappy Bird were released for iOS within just 24 hours. Soon, a game “Flappy Bird: New Season” with a false claim as an official sequel flew to the top of App Store’s chart. The ridiculous craze that gripped users went as far as some mobile phone owners trying to sell their devices – with Flappy Bird still installed – for thousands of dollars.
Nguyen agreed to be interviewed by Rolling Stone to give an insight into why he had been avoiding the press. He revealed that the paparazzi crowding his parents’ house and complaints from parents regarding how addictive Flappy Bird was, led to his decision of taking the game down and him hiding in his friend’s house.
“I was just making something fun to share with other people,” he told RollingStone. “I couldn’t predict the success of Flappy Bird.”
Swing Copters will be released on the App Store on August 21st. Just like Flappy Bird, it will be free to download with an option of in-app purchase of $0.99, if you want the ads to be removed from the game.