If you haven't seen Dony Permedi's 2006 student animation Kiwi!, then I pity your wasted years on the Internet. The short cartoon has amassed more than 34 million YouTube hits, countless tributes and ripoffs, and taught all of us that suicidal optimism can be ingratiatingly cute. One Android developer was so moved that he created a game based on the video, wherein the lovable protagonist can live out his dreams forever, without the heartbreaking splat at the end.

Kiwi! Tribute is pretty basic - it's just a Unity-powered endless runner with three lanes horizontally and three levels vertically. Try and get as far as you can, collecting stars until your tiny New Zealand bird hits something. Special stars let you smash through obstacles. That's it. The beauty lies in the fact that players get to live the dream of the original mute character, at least until they hit a tree or a hurdle.  That said, the graphics are serviceable, and the simple music from the cartoon has been preserved. A few sound and language settings fill it out, and a link to the original video is included. The only thing that's missing is the little guy's flight cap and goggles.

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The game has no advertising or in-app purchases, just a few links to share on Facebook to get you a small head start. It's a free download for Android devices running 2.3.3 and higher. And just because we can, here's the original Kiwi.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Matt

    Well, thanks for reminding me of this video again Android Police. I'll be over by the tissues.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


    • gmplr831

      remember he deploys his parachute at the end!!!

  • enoch861

    The music though...

  • http://www.facebook.com/kreatoorn Umut Tan

    First time seeing this video. Paralysed. Stuck. Strange.

  • Primalxconvoy

    As long as the cheat code is "motherf@#ckingkiwibast@rds", I'm in.

  • http://twitter.com/andihooves Andi

    I came here for Android.
    But I left with Feels.