Gears of War developer makes a Flappy Bird clone

Epic Games releases Tappy Chicken for iOS and Android, and you can play it right now.

Epic Games, the developer behind games like Gears of War and Unreal Tournament, has released a Flappy Bird clone. The game, Tappy Chicken, is available today as a free download for iOS and Android.

Described as "easy to play and impossible to put down," Tappy Chicken was made by a single Epic Games artist who the studio says has no traditional programming skills. The game runs on Unreal Engine 4 and Epic Games says it's an example of how its engine can be used for a whole host of games--from graphics-intensive experiences to lighter fare like this.

Tappy Chicken plays just like Flappy Bird. Your only task is to avoid structures that stand in your way by tapping anywhere on the screen to make you chicken fly higher. When you die, Xs run through the chicken's eyes and it lays a cracked egg.

The game is free, but you'll notice some in-game ads. There's also Game Center and Google Play leaderboards, and Epic Games says new updates are on the way for the future.

As for the real Flappy Bird, creator Dong Nguyen said this month that it will return to app stores sometime in August. The new version will have multiplayer and is described as "less addictive" than the original.

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39 comments
eh_c_slater
eh_c_slater

You should probably write "Ex-Gears of War" developers or something, Epic Games sold the Gears of War franchise months ago...It's great you guys are doing your homework before writing things though... >.>

oddjob117
oddjob117

Epic..

how far you have fallen

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

I think people's just kind of missed the point. The game is just meant to showcase the versatility of the engine and for anyone who's looking to learn UE4 to use the "blueprint" of the game for reverse engineering or study from it. 

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Oh for the love of... I thought this fad was dead!

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Even they are trying to make money off of flappy bird hype. 

sanchango
sanchango

@jake198624  Good for you on saving money! I don't know what smartphones you've seen, but my smartphone fits snugly into my pocket without any problems. I'm pretty sure all non smartphones have a longer battery life because they don't need internet/wi-fi, don't have any apps to begin with(which consumes more battery life), or have ANYTHING a smartphone has that would consume battery life. Plus, you're comparing 1 game(and it's clones? to the whole IOS game library? Really?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

This is yet another good advertisement for their Unreal 4 Engine.  Just $19/month!  Same thing as the upcoming free Unreal Tournament game.

Can't complain though, not a bad way to advertise, but I just wish they would be overt with what they are trying to do.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Someone needs to just come out with Crappy Bird

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

So if the game didn't have "some adverts" would people still bitch and moan despite the fact that not one of us would have bothered playing it either way?

Talavaj
Talavaj

If anything this shows how little effort or knowledge it takes to make the turds that litter the app stores.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

When you search for it on Android store, it's number 37. True story.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Ripper_TV Minecraft has sold millions upon millions, yet it sucks.  Also a true story :)

angelcage2
angelcage2

I though that googleplay and the appStore where refusing clones of this crap. i guess that if it comes from a big studio they will accept even a photo slideshow of a turd collection as a APP

playstationzone
playstationzone

Epic Games will get done so i smell a lawsuit and they lie about not makeing no more games what lie.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Was it developed using Unreal Engine 4? 'Cause all they've done so far with that engine was recreating levels from old games.

xbonemeh
xbonemeh

Must be a boring month at the Epic Game office.So is this a tech demo of your next gen graphic engine?

fillup0
fillup0

So a company decides to release a mobile title that cost absolutely nothing to make that you don't have to play, then people talk fowl about the gaming industry as if it's dead now. Guys, this game means absolutely nothing. It is a showcase of how applicable UE4 is to every type of game, not Epic's future endeavours. Hell they're working on UE4 which I can tell you from first hand experience as a budding designer is a bloody treat, also they're working on UT4 which will be completely free by the way.


Basically what I'm trying to say is shut your gobs unless you have something good to say.

Link3301
Link3301

Yeah, they are just trying to show how UE4 makes it easy for people with little experience in programming to make games.

edussz
edussz

They are just showing that even simple phone games can be made on a massive engine like Unreal 4... The money they make on add in a game like this, is nothing compare to the engine it self. Chill out people!

chaos-06
chaos-06

Why is everyone so serious? It's obviously just someone having a bit of fun and meant as a joke. If anything, it's promotion for how easy UE4 is to make games with.

blackothh
blackothh

@chaos-06

"The game is free, but you'll notice some in-game ads."

Jokes on you

blackothh
blackothh

Ive just lost a lot of respect for epic.................

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Wow guess they just wanted easy money but still great way to put your brand name in the toilet for it though.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Hopefully this was made by one developer who just wanted to have a bit of fun.. Can't see this being an ACTUAL project by the company

angelcage2
angelcage2

then why this crap have adds? they KNOW that a lot of stupids will download and who knows, maybe epic will do more than 60k each day with this "joke game developed for fun"

Link3301
Link3301

Well I mean, they just make some money from ads on a free game. I don't really see the problem. They get to demonstrate the engine and make some money while they are at it.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Thank God They sold GOW if this is the crap they are going to make.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Good to know that this is what Epic gave up Gears of War for.