The Flappy Bird Craze

By Chris Fischer

A new game has risen to the top of the charts but not with exciting game play or fun strategy, but instead with the hardest, most gut-wrenching, insanity-causing simpleness. The app description: Tap to flap your wings to fly. Avoid pipes. The game itself is nothing much. The graphics are pulled straight from a 1980’s 8-bit NES game with just three sound effects. There is no goal. There is no climax. Just the promise of frustration. And pipes, lots and lots of pipes. So then why is this game so popular, with it getting over 10,000,000 downloads on Android alone. On top of this, as of February 4th Flappy Bird is currently ranked number 1 in 88 countries for iPhone and number 1 on the iPad in 77 countries. On the Google Play Store, it is number 1 in 11 countries.

Sophomore Matt Murray's Flappy Bird high score
Sophomore Matt Murray’s Flappy Bird high score

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