One of the most popular free apps on iOS has made the jump (or flight) over to Android, and now you are free to get addicted to it as well. Flappy Bird is a brutally simple game that has you maneuver a bird around some pipes. This is apparently entertaining.

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You make the bird flap its wings with each tap, but it actually just bobs up and falls back down. The trick is to tap at just the right time to fly through the openings in the pipes. It the bird touches anything, it dies and it's game over. Maybe it's not right to say people like this game, but they hate themselves enough to keep playing it – Flappy Bird reactions are a thing.

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The graphics are a retro throwback with a very strong Super Mario Bros. thing going on. I will freely admit to not understanding the appeal here, but Flappy Bird has accumulated over 1 million downloads and 32,000 five-star ratings on Google Play in the few days it has been available. Apparently that means I'm wrong. Flappy Bird is free, but has an ad that pops up at the top of the screen frequently. So enjoy, I guess?

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • david coffey

    I installed this game a couple days ago. I've had two sessions with it, a 10 minute session and a 20 minute session.

    I don't understand the popularity. I want to throw my phone everytime. This is the opposite of fun.

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

      Yet you keep on trying, right?

      • david coffey

        you might think that's the case, but no. i mean yeah, i installed it and wanted to give it a chance, so i put a little time into it. but when i can't make it through the first set of pipes half the time, i'm good. game is not for me. i'm cool with that. uninstall.

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

          Yeah, I'm the same way. Came and gone within 5 min.

          • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

            the bird climbs and falls too rapidly, one tap provides too much in game force, that is immediately lost. two attempts then Uninstall!

    • olgem

      I don't understand why every new game try to make our life harder :D

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    The popularity is definitely based on the psychology of determination; Us humans are stubborn things, and damn everything if can't manage to get some pudgy ass "bird" with a flight problem through a pair of pipes.

    • Felecia Powell


      ●●● ●●●● ●●●● ●●● ●●● ●●●I don't understand the popularity. I want to throw my phone everytime. This is the opposite of fun.

    • Marie Florence

      true i ve just play with one of this game during 29 minutes to ruby a bird without stopping grrrr thas t a lilltle simple ,but its works ! i forget all my problem

  • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo Figueiredo

    I can't pass the first pipe lol

  • Cesar

    I tried this at a friend's recommendation. It was uninstalled within 5 minutes.

    • Evelyn Robert


      ♚♚♚ ♚♚�♚♚ ♚♚�♚ ♚♚♚i mean yeah, i installed it and wanted to give it a chance, so i put a little time into it.

      • danishdhanshe

        FCK YOU!

  • Umut Tan

    Hate those games like Super Hexagon or Meganoid...yet you keep playin'...

    • CoolCustomer

      Super Hexagon is in a whole different league. The moment I realized it was half twitch, half rhythm game it became a lot less frustrating.

  • firesoul453

    I've been playing this for days!

    Help! I haven't done anything productive since!

  • MrCheesecake

    Shame the leaderboards are hacked.

    • Kcls

      Yup, I'd love to see some real high scores.

  • Brendan

    High score of 39. I only play it to compete with my friends.

  • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

    AP should do a review. I'd volunteer to write it, but that fifth screenshot is pretty much all any readers would see.

  • jonathan3579

    Sigh... I get ad revenue and all but if I enjoy an app, any app, I'd pay to remove those damn things.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      I couldn't agree more. I've never enjoyed a game enough to put up with ads.

    • jsouth

      thats why I use AdAway on XDA it actually removes the ads and doesnt just leave a black box where the ad would normally be.

      • jonathan3579

        The only issue with that is that it can rid a good developer of deserved money for their time and effort.

        • mgamerz

          Most good developers take donations or have an ad free version.

          • jonathan3579

            That's a good point. I can't think of many apps I use that burden me with ads and don't give me an upgrade or paid option. (There are a couple though.)

  • Brian Utne

    Lol@ the leaderboard scores. Some people have been doing some 16 bit digit manipulation.

  • Deeco

    The human brain amazes me. Do you guys remember the helicopter game? Everything goes round in circles.

    • Brian Utne

      Or in a straight line ;)

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      The helicopter game as exactly what popped into my mind too. I hate to admit it, but I love this type of game. It's not going to replace my xbox of course, but when you wanna quickly open up a game and have a couple of attempts at it without any real time investment, this kind of game is perfect.

  • O’s Fan91

    This game seems about right for the maximum intelligence of iPhone users.

    • Kcls

      I hate this mindset... People who use iPhones aren't inherently unintelligent. Tons of incredibly intelligent people use them.

      I know your comment was probably sarcasm but I know and have seen so many Android users think they are "better" in some way than iPhone users solely because they chose a different OS.

      • O’s Fan91

        WE are :)

      • O’s Fan91

        Actually, go cry in a corner. An iCorner

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman


      • Primalxconvoy

        I completely agree. Most of my techie and intelligent friends use iPhones as much as other tech. One thing I've said about android and ios is this:

        "Androids are dumb phones used by smart people. IPhones are smart phones used by dumb people".

        What I mean is that android isn't exactly a refined and intuitive system, so in order to get a certain level of use out of it, you have to be "smart" and tinker with it. iOS, by contrast, doesn't need tinkering and so one can just let it do most things for you.

        • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

          "android isn't exactly a refined and intuitive system"

          I think a lot of people say that without actually thinking about what they are saying. I also whole heartedly disagree with it.

          Android lets you do a lot, for sure. But you don't have to.. I'd argue it's actually a hell of a lot more intuitive than an iPhone as well. Settings are a case in point. Some apps use the global setting, some apps have a settings section within them. It's a mad world over in iOS land.

          • Primalxconvoy

            I personally think android is easier to use as I hated iTunes and iPods but iPhones are seen as easier to use by the general public. It's why my mother chose and uses an iPad. Providing you are willing to suck the apple teat, all your music is ready and easy to access, all of your apps are on the main screen upon startup and you only have one big button to press with apps that pass a vigorous vetting process abd/or were created by the ios division themselves. This all goes together to make a system that, within the constraints, is easier to use.

            Ios is Disneyland whereas android is Woodstock

          • Pris

            I have a galaxy s4. How do I exit flappy bird without having to press the home screen button or switching off my phone. Please help me.

    • Matthew Fry

      And yet... 1 million downloads in a few days on the Play Store...

  • ken147

    Is the bird invisible for anyone else?

  • Laurent

    Maybe the reason of the popularity is that it is available in countries where the Play Store is restricted, which is the case for most countries? The restricted Play Store is full of bad games that mostly ask for inexplicable permissions ....

  • mgamerz

    This is a test ad. This is the second line.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      This is a test comment. This is
      the second line.

      • rolo143

        This is a test reply. This is the second line.

        • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

          THIS IS SPARTA!

  • Jose

    2. change high score to 4,000

    • xx

      How exactly do you profit by that?

      • SquishySpock

        You're new to the internet, aren't you?

        • xx

          No. I know the whole ??? PROFIT! joke. But it doesnt make sense here.

      • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

        You mean you've never gotten a new girlfriend because of your high score on a mobile game?

  • Hermulus

    Lame game. Uninstalled. Would help if bird could coast, but the chubby lil thing nosedives every chance he gets.

  • CeluGeek

    After seeing so many people frustrated with this game, I decided to try it. Having played Super Hexagon before, I didn't find Flappy Bird as hard as people have made it to be. I've only had it installed for two days and have reached a score of 42 so far. I just love this simple-yet-not-easy formula.

  • NemaCystX

    Reminds me of Super Mario World

  • Cristian Ugalde

    I got it because of Pewdiepie. It's stupidly addicting.

  • Mystery Man

    Ehmeh back to Pokemon Black 2

  • Ignacio armijo

    i just play it to compete with friends, heard them bragging about a 39 so i played until i got good and have a 66 at the moment.

  • Roger

    If I wanna game flapping a birds wings, port Joust to Android.

  • theunknown

    I have two Folders of games on my device
    1 - Containing endless Runner Games and these Side Scrolling Games that dosent require much brain strain - Like Subway Surfer, Temple Run, Abduction (the one where the Cow jumps up to heaven) - These are for kids when they want to play
    2 - This contains Brain and Puzzle Games like Unblock, Dots, WordFeud, Ball Maze, Sudoku, Compulsive - These are for me to take my mind of things

    Guess this game will go in Folder 1

  • theunknown

    This is one Low Memory Footprint game - approximately 900K

  • Izzy

    this game is a casual super hexagon

  • fsdgasdg

    this game ruined my life 10/10

  • SquishySpock

    "The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play." - Captain Kirk

  • brian

    i'll stay with clash of clans

  • Alonso Tucati

    jetpack joyride with SNES mario gfx

  • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    "This is apparently entertaining." lmao TBH Ryan, the only reason I would keep this game on my phone (but don't) is out of sheer frustration of not being able to overcome a seemingly simple task.

  • http://seanmcgeezer.tumblr.com Sean McGeezer

    I don't get why there are pipes like that
    it doesn't fit with the game or make any sense for them to be there
    at least change their color?
    I mean really

  • izzuanuddin

    Go to the dev website & play smashing kitTen. It is more fun to play & this app

  • TSON1

    Don't download this if you value your life.

  • nicole


  • robopanda333

    i got it because boogie2988

  • Keith

    Tried but lost interest...I prefer retro shooters like the Galaxy Storm shooter game...

  • Felipe

    it's a inexplicably sucess in fact, because it's horrible

  • Abnoynoy

    It is not exactly a new game, it is a very bad rip off of the Helicopter Game created in 2004. Just google 'Helicopter Game' and see what I mean.

  • Chris

    I don't like this game at all. I just don't get it. I feel like there's two sets of mobile gamers or something, and this is aimed at the set I'm not in...

  • RenatoFontesTapia

    You need to have friends to compete with... If you really want to beat someone you will play for hours

  • didibus


  • Aleksandr
  • kevinphan1709

    Zinpy Bird - like famous Flappy but make it harder to play, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.porcupine.zinpybird