7 alternatives now that you can't download Flappy Bird

Seriously, how are these games so popular?

Numerous developers have rushed in to plug the void left by frustrating mobile sensation Flappy Bird, which was removed from the iOS App Store and Google Play over the weekend.

While users who already downloaded Flappy Bird can still play it on their devices, many of these copycats are rocketing up the charts on both mobile storefronts--Clumsy Bird is number one on the "top new free" section of Google Play Store at time of writing, while Ironpants is at the top of the free charts on iOS.

Who, exactly, is downloading these Flappy Bird clones in such vast quantities? Have you been tempted? If you're jonesing for a Flappy Bird fix, here are seven of the most popular alternatives right now:

Ironpants is free on both iOS and Android, and replaces the bird with a caped superhero. The controls are even twitchier than Flappy Bird, if such a thing is possible, but the relatively slick presentation ensures it's likely to do well. Does have a habit of bombarding your screen with ads that you have to click to remove, however.

Clumsy Bird on Android takes Flappy Bird and, well, basically changes the bird to look like a cruder version of red bird from Angry Birds, and also is loosely based around the Rovio-esque premise of nasty dragons stealing the eggs of Clumsy Bird. It allows users to buy overpriced packs of crystals to save themselves from death.

Fly Birdie - Flappy Bird Flyer on iOS is one of the more brazen (and currently successful) Flappy Bird alternatives, but swoops low enough to charge $0.99/£0.69 for pack of three lives.

Flappy Wings (not Flappy Bird) on Android does its best to attract those searching for Flappy Bird by even mentioning it in its own title. It's absolutely riddled with advertisements and the hitboxes feel like they're completely out of whack.

Fluffy vs Flappy Birds on iOS is another of the most unashamed clones right now, and features an extensive suite of in-app purchases: ranging from 10,000 coins for $0.99, removing ads for $1.99, or unlocking the "Ruller [sic] of the skies" for $4.99.

Tired of birds? Flappy Bee, which is out on both iOS and Android, gives you the chance to play the exact same game but with a bee. To be fair, the artwork in Flappy Bee is much nicer than many of the other Flappy Bird clones.

But what if you don't have an iPhone, iPad, or Android device? There's always browser game FlappyDoge, which is a self-explanatory blend of the two topical icons. Many flaps.

The developer of mobile sensation Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, removed his lucrative application over the weekend after saying it ruining his simple life, despite the game bringing its owner $50,000 a day from advertising revenue.

"I am sorry Flappy Bird users," said Nguyen, "22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore."

"I can call Flappy Bird is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."

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112 comments
brianbest11
brianbest11

Clumsy Bird is actually a pretty clean knock off, and you don't have to buy the gems, (probably shouldn't if you value your dignity anyway).  Here is a video review!  http://youtu.be/_B-BB0fQrlk

hitomo
hitomo

those phone game developers belong into jail ... without Internet they would just sell crack or steal pocket Money from kids

SweatySasquatch
SweatySasquatch

Casual phone games are the downfall of the industry.

gazzapper
gazzapper

Try Pooper Bird much funnier...more of a game.

finalkain
finalkain

Is this what gamings come to? Flappy bird and goat simulator? Simple pleasures for simple minds

Born_Lucky
Born_Lucky

How are these games so popular?


Look around.


Reality shows are dominating on  TV, Lady Gaga sells millions of albums, and this country elected an ignorant, inexperienced spoiled little brat as president, because he kept chanting "hope and change".


You have to ask how this crap is popular.?

efenzl
efenzl

Sorry, but despite what the media is reporting, stupid little cellphone games are NOT the future of gaming. 

billlabowski
billlabowski

You can download it on a popular file sharing site. Since he's taken it down for good, I don't see why not.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I dont care about Flappy Bird or any of these silly apps..

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

Seriously Gamespot stop spamming us with Flappy Bird updates!

cws3e
cws3e

terrible games, all of them.  so was flappy bird.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

One you can do after the end of Flappy Bird is, get a life.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

everyone should just play Jetpack Joyride instead. its gameplay is pretty similar to Flappy Bird, yet it has some amount of depth and fun

chikatilo008
chikatilo008

Methheads and other drug addicts sure have a lot of options for their typical games these days.

The_Animator420
The_Animator420

There is another game coming out soon called Turtle Wings. It will be like Flappy Bird but with 3 lives. Game will be free. In-app purchases only to extend lives. 

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Flappy Bird can not be downloaded from anywhere?  I didn't realize that anything could be completely removed from the internet.

brunohbrassard
brunohbrassard

Fall Out Boy are releasing one too it's called Fall Out Bird. 

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Game is pretty fun for a timewaster and I get to compare the scores with plenty of my friends who are for the most part not hardcore gamers.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

if you want to make some money out of the idiots, and you already have flappy bird installed into your android... do this.

1) download from google play store, apk extractor.

2) open apk extractor, select flappy birds and voila ! youll have the .apk of flappy birds in SDCARD/apkextractor folder.

3) sell the apk, profit.

e51v50h
e51v50h

A simple search for the (.apk) file on google is all you have to do. Then put it on your sd card, then run any file manager program to access it and click on it and install. I installed it about an hour ago. Its just gone off of the app store, not really GONE. ;)

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

STOP 


STOP THE MADNESS..............


 

STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP

GingerGSM
GingerGSM

Gamespot, stop giving this story publicity!  You are playing right into Mr. Nguyen's hand and business model. There is a strong probability that the high download numbers and app store reviews on this game were artificially inflated - Google it.

LatinproX
LatinproX

Hey, Gamespot. I suggest you stop wasting time on trash games and focus on games that are worth playing.  Just a thought.
  I get that controversy sells, but really, don`t waste people`s time unnecessarily.

mooooo99
mooooo99

??? is this the height of mobile gaming?? people really prefer playing this garbage over dedicated gaming devices?

Fresh_C
Fresh_C

@SweatySasquatch

A lot of people find the quality made casual games to be pretty fun. They take up very little of your time, and most of them (the ones I play at least) are completely free if you want them to be. Even the exploitative ones only exist because people continue to play them.



I understand if they're not your thing, but if people want to play these games, why is that a bad thing? Isn't providing fun to players exactly what is good for the industry?


Edit: And just to head off any questions before they start, yes I love traditional games and have been playing them for years. From Mario to Halo, final fantasy, the Witcher, and everything in-between.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

@LatinproX  well looking at the title it was pretty clear what this article was about. So if you clicked on it and found it a waste of time it was your own fault.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@mooooo99  Mmm... you said "mobile gaming" then followed with "dedicated gaming devices." How do these two have anything to do with each other?


The stuff that people play with their smartphones has nothing to do with what they prefer to play on any device. I play retardedly simple smartphone games but that does not mean I prefer them over a real game.

megakick
megakick

@Fresh_C It's bad because AAA games cost a fortune to produce and simple casual and IOS games don't. Less money spent on R&D.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@Chaos_Dante_456 @LatinproX Swoosh, you missed the point. I made a statement that they will heed. Unlike your useless words. You just wasted your own time, follow your own advice before putting your own foot up your arse next time.

Fresh_C
Fresh_C

@megakick @Fresh_C I'm not following your logic.  Are you saying cheaper = bad?

I think that games should first and foremost be entertaining. A game that entertains millions of people but was made by one person in a single day, is better than a game that sunk millions of dollars into development that no one enjoys.


I love AAA games, but not all of them. Just like I like some mobile games. As long as the game is entertaining, in my eyes it's good for the industry. I don't see why they can't both exist in the same space and cater to whatever audience chooses to enjoy them.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@Chaos_Dante_456 @LatinproXYou`re so dense you can`t even fathom what you say. Typical peasant. However, it`s true someone of your level could never come close to advising someone of my caliber. Stop wasting time, you will not be acknowleged. BTW, moderators send me surveys.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

@LatinproX  Who will heed your statement exactly? Because i'm sure the staff at Gamepsot discussed your post and are discussing how they can change their policies on the items they cover. Also, where in my comment did I give advice? Your comment doesn't make any sense.