Not A Pro at Swing Copters? New Update Reduces The Difficulty Level
Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, released his second game called Swing Copters last week. It had something in common with Flappy Bird — its difficulty level. The game was so difficult it left hardcore gamers frustrated.
The developer, being a Counter Strike player himself in his teen years, understands the frustration of gamers when they are not able to complete a level or achieve an objective, especially when it seems so clear. Nguyen released an update of Swing Copters just after a week of official release of the game because the game was simply unplayable. The update tweaks the gameplay and reduces the difficulty level making the game less.. impossible.
It was so difficult that scoring 1-2 points in first go was impossible. After the update, however, a normal user can go as high as 5 points in the first go. The update has made the movement of the character somewhat controllable. But it is still difficult to achieve a medal or compete with a friend. However, there were still some players who found the impossibility of scoring a blow to their egos, and managed to score unbelievable 75+ points.
Swing Copters has seen large number of downloads since its launch. The most important feature of the game that attracted so many people was its seemingly-easy-yet-difficult gameplay, just like Flappy Bird. Swing Copters became one of the top five apps on iOS App Store within first few days.
By making something really difficult of course people will go on online and say, ‘This is really impossible, you have to go check it out’. That becomes the story around it. The difficulty level and the necessary level of masochism required to play this game becomes a topic of conversation — and a vehicle to promote this game directly.
– Joost van Dreunen, co-founder and CEO of SuperData Research
It has been downloaded over a million times on Android. It has received rating from 73,359 users and has an average rating of 3.6. It looks like some frustrated users who couldn’t score more than 2 points took their frustration out by giving it a rating of one star.
Anyway, this new update will reduce their frustration because the game is kind of easier to play now. The difficulty level of Flappy Bird and the addictive consequences had forced Nguyen to take the game down; though a tweaked version easy enough for family play is available on Amazon’s Fire TV set box. Let’s see how crazy the Swing Copters mania gets before Nguyen punishes us all with another of his frustrating addictions.