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Attack of the Clones: The Flappy Bird copies have arrived, and boy are they crappy

Flappy Bird is simple, straightforward and hugely successful. Those three things make it a prime target for copycats, and now that the game has perched itself on the top of the App Store charts, the clones are arriving in full force. They are, on the whole, completely garbage, and I've taken a whole bunch of them for a test drive so you don't have to. It was brutal, but here are six Flappy Bird wannabes that you should avoid at all costs.

Flappy Penguin

Avoid the deadly garbage (lasers and bombs, for some reason) while collecting the other garbage (coins and items). Yawn.

Flappy Plane

Clipart of a plane needs to avoid the other clipart. That's the entire game, and the plane doesn't flap, so it's also false advertising.

Fly Birdie - Flappy Bird Flyer

Holy crap. Even though this game consists of two moving parts (the bird and the pipes in the foreground), it runs like absolute garbage. It's actually bogging down on my iPhone 5s. That's a special kind of broken.

Smarcle Flyer

I don't know what a "Smarcle" is, and I don't ever want to know. The game is ugly and doesn't play any better than it looks.

Flappy Bee

The best part about Flappy Bee is that its name is actually "Happy Bee" after you download it. Clearly the game wasn't performing well enough under its original title so the developer decided to see if a new title would help. It didn't.

Fluffy vs Flappy Birds

The one actually looks surprisingly good for a ripoff, but the gameplay is somehow even more frustrating than that of Flappy Bird -- and not in a good way. It's slow, boring and offers nothing in the way of a reasonable, enjoyable challenge.



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Flappy Bird is simple, straightforward, and hugely successful, and those three things make it the perfect target for copycats.