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Flappy Bird was a 2013 Mobile Phone Game. It reached the #1 position in the Apple App Store in February 2014 and due to certain circumstances was abruptly pulled not too long after.
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The gameplay is simple and reminiscent of Copter: just tap the screen to give the flying bird a height boost. And try to avoid the pipes and the ground. Despite its simplicity, it is extremely difficult.


Flappy Bird provides examples of:

  • Auto-Scrolling Level: The whole game.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max/Gameplay and Story Segregation: The Bird is perfectly capable of level flight in the Title Screen, but forgets the moment you press the Start Button.
  • Deadly Walls: The slightest touch of a pipe or the ground is instantly fatal.
  • Expy:
    • The Bird looks suspiciously similar to a Cheep Cheep from Super Mario Bros., and those pipes look very familiar...
    • It in turn did spawn an entire movement of clones trying to capitalize on its success, especially after the game was removed from the App Store.
    • The orange version also looks suspiciously like Magikarp, another video game character notorious for being a total failure...
  • Fan Sequel: Many exist, mostly capitalizing on other memes. When the game was taken down, though, indie developers released, on Flappy Jam, clones and similar games intended as homages. Some examples include:
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    • Maverick Bird by Terry Cavanagh, which uses Super Hexagon-esque visuals and audio, a "dive" button, and extra shapes that pop up ossacionally.
    • FlapMMO, which allows you to flap alongside hundreds of other player-controlled birds.
    • There is also a version with the Android mascot instead of the bird and lollipops instead of pipes hidden as an Easter Egg in Android Lollipop (5.0). It is also present in Android Marshmallow (6.0) with marshmallows instead of lollipops.
    • Flappy Bert. The pun was inevitable, but it is rather surprising to find that the employees of Sesame Workshop would be that badly addicted to the game.
    • Goat Simulator has Flappy Goat as a Game Within a Game; you can find and play it by visiting Coffee Stain Studios' in-game offices.
  • Nintendo Hard: The pipes have just a little bit more than what you need to navigate between them, without a difficulty curve or any more obstacles. You'll go as far as your reflexes and nerves let you.
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  • No Plot? No Problem!
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: The eponymous Bird.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Some players of Flappy Bird accused the game's significant difficulty on the bird having unfair physics. This article shows that the bird has a completely realistic fallspeed, and those players were used to games where gravity is altered for the convenience of the player.
  • Retreaux: The graphics are pixelated and have a 16-bit palette; the sound effects consist of the bird flapping, the bell when you clear a pipe, and the crash sound.
  • Scoring Points
  • Side View
  • Super-Deformed: The Bird appears spherical and has one heck of a pair of lips.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The game was criticised for being an almost complete copy/ripoff of a French-developed game called Piou Piou vs. Cactus, including gameplay (tap on the screen), main character design (small yellow bird with big red beak) and obstacles (green pipes/cacti). When confronted about this, Nguyen claimed he had never heard of Piou Piou vs. Cactus. Since the game was removed from the App Store it's spawned a massive number of half-assed clones trying to capitalize on the success of the first to the point that clones started to be labelled "spam" if they tried to submit to the store.
  • Updated Re-release: Flappy Birds Family, so far available only on Amazon Fire TV. It adds enemy ghosts to the game, and adds a competitive two-player mode in which the players have three lives.
  • Video Game Flight
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