Flappy Bird Is Officially the WORST App Ever -- Here’s Why

Flappy Bird is an eight-bit bastard. It’s the newest smartphone game that everyone is talking about (and playing!), but if you think it’s going to involve some sort of strategy like Angry Birds or Candy Crush, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

Your fingers tap control the tiny flight bursts of a hapless bird (graphically, I think my 5-year-old could draw something more complex). Your goal is to maneuver the tiny creature through a small passage between drainpipes protruding from the top and bottom of the screen.  

But the real addiction of Flappy Bird comes from its YOU-CAN-NEVER-EVER-EVER-WIN-THIS-GAME motif. Think of it like Operation meets Groundhog Day. And for some reason, you find yourself compelled to click “play again” over and over and over.

Flappy’s flapping technique is painfully difficult to manage and seems to vary based on how hard or soft you tap the screen, which makes the floppy up-and-down movement difficult to maneuver through the pipe gaps.

The pipes seem a purposeful reference to Nintendo’s Mario Brothers. One almost expects to fall down the pipe and collect a bunch of gold coins ... but if you touch the pipe without flying between the gaps, it’s game over, and you start back at the very beginning.

Your score is based on how many pipes you pass. The highest I’ve made it is five, and I won’t even admit to you how long that took. It's embarrassing.

This type of entertainment snacking is hugely addictive. According to one report the makers of Flappy Bird are raking in $50,000 a day. Not too shabby for a simplistic game that probably took three hours to code.

Have you played Flappy Bird? What’s your high score?


Image via Desiree Catani/Flickr

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Jacee... Jacee2348

I have played.  3 is my high score.  It's maddening!!!  :)

jenes... jenesis509

My daughter came home telling me about it

Iv made it to 4

nonmember avatar socalmommy13

My sister told me about this so i gave ot a try, i got to 8.

bills... billsfan1104

I haven't made it past the first pipe.

sandc... sandcastlelove

5. My high score is 5. And I still can't stop playing.

-BluE... -BluEydDvl-

I got to 3 and deleted the app before I broke my phone.

notdo... notdown4games

I made it to 36 and caught myself doing a celabratory dance. My next turn I lost at 4, screamed "stupid fat ass bird" and almost threw my phone. Then I realized I should take a break lol. Flappy free for 5 hours........

nonmember avatar kayla

My high score is 8 and I gave up to not break my phone.
My husband however must have the patience of a god because his high score is 118 and he still keeps playing it!

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