Since everythingcebu.com is all about the interesting bits and pieces of the queen city of the south, here's a post that talks about one of the highly trending topics among Cebuano netizens nowadays, a game that's already earning $50,000 worldwide per day.
Flappy Bird is a bird-flying game that was conceived in 2013 by the genius Vietnam-based developer, Nguyen Ha Dong. It is supposedly a simple game wherein you unceasingly tap the screen to make a chubby, body-less bird fly and successfully get through a series of green pipes; so, why was it able to reach number 1 on App Store's Download Chart ? Well, maybe because:
- It looks extremely simple that you'd think you could easily reach a high score.
- Its simplicity will then deceive you after finding out that getting through those pipes and getting a score higher than 3 is a no-easy job.
- It has a totally different graphic design compared to Candy Crush, Angry Birds and other big-time mobile games, making you believe it must be unique.
- Getting a score of 1 during your first try is truly a challenging experience that'll probably make you want to rip all your hair off.
- It doesn't come with surprise costs, unlike Candy Crush that prompts you to spend just to get extra lives.
- It doesn't even have a set of complicated buttons; just a green triangle that you press if you want to play and six more that let you score, rate, pause, tap and share. Plus, the mechanics is as easy as pressing the screen of your mobile device to make the bird fly and pass through as many narrow pipes as it can.
- It makes you curious. What happens if I reach 10 points or 50? Nothing, actually. You only see a medal that changes colours; nevertheless, you still continue playing out of frustration to see a higher score after the Game Over pop-up.
- It makes you believe in the mantra “Nothing is impossible”. Just when you begin to think keeping the bird adrift on the screen and reaching 2 points is hard, you then survive 3 pipes! After that, the bird falls and you'd feel excited to start the game again...and again and again.
HOW THE CRAZE STARTED
On May 2013, an independent game developer in Vietnam called .GEARS Studios published Flappy Bird with the aim to release a new game for iPhone 5, but later in September of the same year, the studio decided to update the game for iOS6. Although the game was launched last year, its crazy popularity boomed in early January this year when it topped the free category of the American and Chinese iTunes App Stores as well as the UK App Store, where it was coined as “the new Angry Birds”.
The objective of the game is actually very simple – tap the screen to fly the bird and get through pipes without falling. If the bird does fall or touch the body of the pipes, game's over. But then again, you can always choose to press the play button if you want to try and try and try. This insanely simple mechanics did not hinder the soaring of the orange bird over Android phones and other mobile devices. In fact, the craze has already conquered Facebook with the Flappy Bird FB version release last February 4, Tuesday.
WHY IT IS CONTROVERSIAL
Just like other mobile apps, Flappy Bird received a variety of critical responses. Some would say it is annoyingly addictive, while others would claim it is another senseless game with bad graphics. Well, it sure does not have the best graphic design and does not even come with enticing awards aside from a medal, but its combination of a simple layout and a challenging gaming experience is undoubtedly one of the top reasons everyone's talking about it on social media.
Nguyen is often asked about the controversy of using bots to fake user reviews to make his game one of the most trending topics on social networking sites. His reply to The Daily Telegraph interview was “I respect all other people opinions. I won't give any comment to this article. I'd like to make my games in peace”. However, when asked again by Newsweek about the same issue, Nguyen tweeted “It doesn't matter. Don't you think? If I did fake it, should Apple let it live for months.”
TO SUM IT ALL UP...
No matter how people critic Flappy Bird, don't you think it is more important to have a new kind of mobile entertainment while waiting in line to pay for your VECO bill or just let time pass while doing nothing in the comfort of your home? All the negative feedback does not change the fact that this simple yet complex game has become one of the most trending topics online and that its popularity still has a long way to go! I bet it won't be too soon yet that you will surrender pressing that green play button. After all, the bird gives you limitless chances and you still have 100 points to look forward to. (evil grin)