While Flappy Bird may be gone from the App Store, it’s far from forgotten. This week, indie developers around the world have banded together in a show of solidarity for the bug-eyed bird that was and its humble, overwhelmed creator, Dong Nguyen. Their virtual pat on the back comes in the form of Flappy Bird-inspired games designed specifically for #FlappyJam.
Although FlappyJam was started by developer Ivano Palmentieri only a few days ago—with its first submission, Bouncy Pixel by Aaron Puente, going live February 9th—there are already 140 games available to play and more consistently pouring in. While many entries follow the basic fly-through-dangers premise of Flappy Bird, the themes, focal points, and even genres range from disembodied floating heads and arsonist Pikachus to text adventures. The one shared trait among every entry is difficulty, which is both stated on the FlappyJam page and has been reiterated by Palmentieri numerous times on Twitter: “I had to specify on the jam site that FLAPPY word or gameplay are NOT mandatory, only 'rule' is to make a hard game AND have fun.”
The goal of FlappyJam is to show support for Flappy Bird, Nguyen as a game designer, and the entire indie development scene, with the thoughtful mission statement that “indie game devs are friendly and supportive, envy and teasing should not belong to our community, nor be a cause of suffering.” As Palmentieri reminded potential entrants yesterday: “Guys, just as a reminder: the point is not making Flappy Bird clones or anything, we are just trying to have fun and support each other.” If you’d like to show your own support for the indie development community, all of the FlappyJam games can be viewed, and many played, here. We’ve called out ten of our favorites below. Read more »