Flappy Bird developer Nguyen Ha Dong is apparently saving us from the addictive monster he has created by removing Flappy Bird from both the Google Play and iOS App Stores. While Flappy Bird game may have been removed, the Flappy Bird craze won’t be forgotten. We won’t forget the feeling of frustration that it sparked and the effort that it took to beat our high score… of 34.
Responsive controls plus instant restarts equal addiction. And games similar to Flappy Bird – ones simple in concept and addicting in nature – will keep on coming. So, here we are with five games like Flappy Bird. They’re simple to play and they can be dangerously addictive. Play at your own risk guys!
Terry Cavanagh’s blisteringly paced game presents a nightmarish scenario in which the walls are constantly closing in, and only lightning-quick reactions are enough to keep your small triangle going. Worse still, the screen rotates and pulses constantly, twisting this way and that to disorientate you further.
With its thumping chiptune soundtrack, it feels a bit like negotiating a deadly maze on a nightclub’s dance floor, while stuck in a tumble dryer on spin cycle.
The guys who brought us Fruit Ninja are also responsible for Jetpack Joyride’s existence. Your goal is to reach as far as you can without dying. Along the way, you collect power-ups that make it easier to collect coins, and the coins can be used to unlock new gear. Sounds simple, right? It’s addictive as hell. Trust me.
Asher Vollmer’s Threes asks you to match numbered tiles, all in multiples of three except those pesky ones and twos that pop up at awkward moments. As you work your way to increasingly large totals, you’ll be entranced by the hypnotically looping soundtrack and utterly charmed by the chattering tiles, with each number having its own personality. Once you’ve started a game of Threes, time seems to stand still as you swipe.
The beauty of the title lies in its intense, fast-paced gameplay. The only way to survive is to be quick in avoiding the oncoming obstacles. And it is a hard one, too. Even the game’s easiest setting is quite difficult to master. But in all seriousness, Alone… is a fun game, and you might have a hard time putting it down.
Imitation is the finest form of Flappery. Games like “Flappy Bee” and “Ironpants“ take the same tap-to-fly formula popularized by “Flappy Bird,” and then build on that title’s simple gameplay mechanic with unique visuals and power-ups.
One of the most popular “Flappy Bird” clones around, “Ironpants” is surprisingly even harder than its inspiration. This free title replaces the bird with an underpants-wearing superhero, and unlike “Flappy Bird,” it requires you to hold the screen to fly upward rather than just the same tap-to-fly formula.
This super-sensitive 8-bit flying game also allows you to share your records on Twitter, so you can brag about getting a score higher than two.