Mobile Hit Flappy Bird Now Playable in 60 FPS on an Apple PC From the '70s

Seemingly destined to be playable on every platform ever made, the successful tap-to-flap mobile game has been ported to the Apple II computer.

Flappy Bird, released in May 2013, had a meteoric rise to success. The game, in which you try to avoid pipes by tapping to increase your bird's height, was seemingly everywhere. It's spawned countless clones on almost every platform imaginable. It was even featured in Gears of War developer Epic's demonstration of Unreal Engine 4 on Android phones, a few weeks after the studio's release of its own clone called Flappy Chicken. But, until now, it had been missing from one of the first gaming platforms: The Apple II computer, released in 1977.

Developer Dagen Brock has somehow managed to get a Flappy Bird clone running on the machine, which has only one megahertz of processing power to work with. There are some changes to the game; you're not doing any touch-screen tapping, and the limited graphics seem to make the game much easier. The port, called Flaplle Bird, is available for use on 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disks, if you happen to still have those and an Apple II lying around. Or, you can simply run the browser-based emulator of the port.

And, to put to rest concerns about its performance on the Apple II, Brock's port of the game runs at a silky-smooth 60 frames per second.

Do you still have an old Apple II lying around somewhere? Let us know in the comments!

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123 comments
oskuuu
oskuuu

60 frames per second, all i needed to know :D

Targzissian
Targzissian

We got our Apple II+ in the early eighties.  Probably 1980 or 1981.  Wikipedia says "It was sold new from June 1979 to December 1982".  The Apple II+ was our first home computer (not counting the Pong machine).  It had 48k of RAM when we got it, but we soon upgraded the RAM to 64k.  My favorite games on it were Ultimas I through V.  I started with Ultima II, then went back and played Ultima I when it was re-released (with cover art by Denis Loubet).  I still have the boxes and swag from all the Ultimas.  We also played games like "Kaves of Karkhan", "Dragon Fire", "Crush, Crumble and Chomp!", "Taxman", "Choplifter", "Star Blazer", "Stellar 7", "Taipan!", "Wavy Navy", "Karateka", "Lode Runner", "Moon Patrol", and around a dozen others.  We finally got rid of the Apple II+ sometime around 1994, at which point the family was using Amigas, Macs and IBM clones (i.e., what we today call PCs).

UberMan5000
UberMan5000

At least now it's on an appropriately simplistic platform.


Though that last sentence cracks me up. "It runs at a silky 60 frames per second." Weren't people boasting that that's the major tenable advantage of the next-gen consoles like the PS4? Granted, this game isn't as complex as your average Xbox One bloomfest, but it's still a funny thing to see to describe a game on a 30-year-old microcomputer.

wendyokoopaml1
wendyokoopaml1

that computer was released in 1984 not the seventies. Don't you guys do your homework.

wendyokoopaml1
wendyokoopaml1

that computer is actually1985 not the 70's. WE had that computer it was our first.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

...............................k

highpitcairn
highpitcairn

Do not underestimate the power of apple II.

91210user
91210user

The 70s Apple port looks appealing.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

WOW THAT 60 FPS REALLY CHANGES HOW THE GAME LOOKS AND PLAYS!!!!  *rushes out to nearest computer store to buy ancient apple PC to play games*

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Sorry I had a TI-994a I missed out on the Apple II then again the only Apple product I have ever owned is my Ipod shuffle. Also, what is a flappy bird ? I must be late to the party.

Caldrin
Caldrin

LOL well that is the first time i have played flappy birds... did the casual gaming world really go mad over that ?

wieks
wieks

Wow, that Apple IIc brings back memories.

Apofis_SG-1
Apofis_SG-1

Hey, birds hitbox is better than on my phone.

NetBiosError
NetBiosError

The Apple ][ -- still a higher framerate than next-gen consoles.

hystavito
hystavito

I love stuff when people create new stuff for old hardware, even if it's something I don't personally care for at all like Flappy :).  I just think it's cool that people bother to do it, and I like that it brings up these little bits of computing/gaming history from time to time.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

I don't see Flappy Bird running on that Apple computer. All I see is a knockoff

Zloth2
Zloth2

A fancy new(ish) Apple ][c and it's got a green screen??  Upgrade to amber already!

packtop
packtop

If a game like that would have been made back in 70s, it would have most likely changed a lot a thing and video games as we know it nowaday, probably would be a lot different.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Damn 60fps on that, take note Sony this is how it's done.

deadpen
deadpen

So who the fu*k had this pc sitting around and in perfect shape. I smell BS.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@AzureBonds76 Flappy Bird is a frustrating mobile game that has somehow managed to infect practically every system. I personally believe it is how Skynet comes to be.

kachan64
kachan64

@NetBiosError That's because it doesn't have lots of high-res textures. All it does just few lines of text and it's all green. Consoles needs to step it up now, is like a upgraded version of the ps3 or 360. Shouldn't lag...

xantufrog
xantufrog

@Zloth2 IIGS is where it's at - all those colors on ONE screen!?

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@deadpen

I have several old Apples in excellent working condition - a II+. IIe, IIc and a couple of IIGSes. 

Caldrin
Caldrin

@deadpen I am sure I still ahve my C64 sat in a box some place.. also people like to collect old computers and stuff..

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@deadpen People collect all kinds of crap.  Anyone who would actually do this is probably one such person.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

@stage4saiyan But this variant of Flappy Bird does not offer me any cinematic experiences at all.

packtop
packtop

@Zloth2 @packtop 

Not at all.

Games from the 70s were all slow and far from 60FPS.

Like pong, space invaders, asteroid, breakout etc.

deadpen
deadpen

@dlCHIEF58 @Caldrin@complacentcouch@olddadgamer One odd thing is if you google/bing this story's headline you will only find it on this site, NO other site talks about this in any shape or form. 

I would think that a game that has generated so many articles, clones, and downloaded so many times would have this event all over the internet, but nope.

deadpen
deadpen

@dlCHIEF58 @Caldrin @complacentcouch @olddadgamer Why would you keep these things, Yes I understand keeping some things but apple computers? I still have my day one NES but I also keep it plugged in to play my NES games, along with every atari, sega, nintendo, playstation, xbox, and lesser know 3DO's but most people use them every so often.

If you collect for the monetary value then stamps would be a better hobby. If you have anything less than an Apple I computer then you just seem to come off as a hoarder.

But congrats on keeping old, unusable, valuable to only you technology in museum quality. Now you might be able to play flappy birds on them.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

@Caldrin i have some c64 flops and boxes from the gold box ad&d games...those were the days (plays all in the family theme song)

Zloth2
Zloth2

@packtop @Zloth2  Now where are you going to find stats like what frames/second some ancient game like Lode Runner was getting on and old Apple 2??  Nobody CARED back then.  Heck, I wouldn't count on the keyboard getting polled that often back in those days.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@deadpen @dlCHIEF58 @Caldrin @complacentcouch @olddadgamer

Funny thing, this was the LAST place I found the article show up. Both Kotaku and Joystiq posted it earlier. Maybe you should learn how to use the internet as a simple Bing or Google search brings up MANY sites reporting this same story. There are probably free classes you can take at a local community center that can teach you how to use the search engines. 

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@deadpen @dlCHIEF58 @Caldrin @complacentcouch @olddadgamer

Funny thing, this was the LAST place I found the article show up. Both Kotaku and Joystiq posted it earlier. Maybe you should learn how to use the internet as a simple Bing or Google search brings up MANY sites reporting this same story. 

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@deadpen @dlCHIEF58 @Caldrin @complacentcouch @olddadgamer

I also use all these machines every so often, playing classics like Escape from Castle Wolfenstein, Choplifter, Zork, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, Art of War and many others. I could say the same about you hoarding those out-dated game systems that don't do 1080p/60fps - but won't as I have most of those and more (Intellivision II, TurboGraphx 16, TurboGraphx Duo, Super Pong, Odyssey II, Colecovision and a few other odd-balls). I don't keep them for monetary value (though they all carry some due to the condition, care, and rare upgrades) but because I enjoy them - just as you do with your old videogame systems. 


And FYI, MANY people collect Apple computers - I make a decent living selling to collectors, some being famous celebrities. Also there are only 61 Apple I computers currently known to still exist - so you are saying anyone who does not have one of only 61 $15000+ Apple I computer in their collection is a hoarder? By that logic, anyone who has anything but the Nintendo Championship Gold cartridge in their collection are hoarders. 

deadpen
deadpen

@dlCHIEF58 @Caldrin @complacentcouch @olddadgamer This is priceless dichief58, you posted the same thing twice but added changes to your second comment just two mins after your first one. What is wrong? Don't know how to edit your comments LMFAO. Maybe you should stop taking those free classes at the community center and actually pay for one.

How about this, why don't you post your search's address in your next comment. That way I can look at this voluminous search. Oh if you don't know how to post a web address maybe there is a five year old somewhere close to do it for you HA HA HA HA HA HA.