Flappy Bird fans can enjoy a variety of loving tributes from independent developers keen to show support for creator Dong Nguyen.
UPDATE: Now, American band Fall Out Boy has confirmed it’s making a game for Flappy Jam.
‘Fall Out Bird’ was announced over on the band’s website. It’ll launch this week on iOS and Android.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but this game was,” the band wrote. “We bring you Fall Out Bird. Coming this week to Google Play and The App Store (as soon it’s approved). Shoutout to the OG Flappy Bird, RIP.”
ORIGINAL STORY: At time of writing, developers had contributed 45 games to Flappy Jam, many of which are playable in-browser right now.
Most are variants on the core gameplay which proved so addictive as to rake in $50,000 per day and drive auctions for phones with the game installed to record prices. Contributors include Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV, Super Hexagon).
The rules of the jam are simple: “Make a hard, almost unplayable game. Use assets inspired (not ripped) from classics. Flappy word or gameplay not mandatory. Hhave fun, be supportive. Hate must not win,” the site advises.
“Indie game devs are friendly and supportive, envy and teasing should not belong to our community, nor be a cause of suffering.”
You may therefore enjoy these not-for-profit games without guilt, unlike the many clones rushing to capitalise on the craze.
Nguyen has given several reasons for removing Flappy Bird from app stores and his website. He received a significant amount of harassment online as a result of the game’s sudden popularity, and also had concerns about the potentially addictive nature of the game. His alleged use of Nintendo assets was not a factor in the decision.
In the wake of the app’s removal, Nguyen received death threats. Sometimes one feels deeply ashamed of one’s community.
Thanks, Shack News.