The proliferation of Flappy Bird clones following the abrupt departure of the game from iTunes has reached an all time high. The Apple App Store and Google Play – even the Pebble Appstore – are now filled with clones of the game. Phones with the original game still installed are apparently being listed on eBay for $99,999.
There are now 81 Flappy clone developers (hello, “Flappy Penguin”, “Ironpants”, “Clumsy Bird”, “Flappy Bee” etc ) out there, and the list is growing.
The success of the app appears to have sent Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen into a depression, and he now longs for his old “simple life”.
He pulled the simple but addictive game from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday.
However there is now a way to play the game without even having to download it to a phone.
Free Flappy Bird is playable straight from within a mobile browser or on a desktop. It’s appeared on a site listing other simple games.
Unlike many clones the game also looks exactly like the original, as per Nguyen’s twitter reply last week saying anyone could make an HTML version of his game, just before the Flappy craze exploded:
No doubt other web versions will follow, but for now the Flappy Bird craze is nowhere near slowing down.