You have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the latest gaming craze to sweep the nation—Swing Copters. It's like Flappy Bird, but vertical. Yeah, it goes up instead of to the right. Revolutionary. This is the second game from Dong Nguyen of .GEARS Studios, and will presumably be the first one he doesn't unpublish for mysterious reasons in a few months. It's free with ads, but the supposed in-app purchase to remove them doesn't seem to be present in the Android version. It's $1.29 on iOS.

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Flappy Bird got weirdly popular because the fundamental nature of the game was unforgiving. The physics were a little wonky and hard to get used to, and the hit boxes that would kill your ugly little bird when he touched a wall were incredibly sensitive. It's much the same in Swing Copters. The little propeller head guy starts rising toward the gates, swinging back and forth. A tap changes his left/right swing direction so you can line up for the gate. However, there are swinging hammers on each side of the openings to make it harder to slip through.

The early preview was not lying—Swing Copters is even harder and more frustrating than Flappy Bird. From my limited time with it, I feel like it might actually be too hard. Flappy Bird got big because it was possible to get through a few gates even if you kind of sucked at the game. There was hope for a better run next time. Swing Copters still has the big hitboxes, but the movement is even more difficult to get used to. Those "screw-you-hammers" really put it over the top. This game will make you hate yourself, but what do I know? I didn't like Flappy Bird either. Kids these days...

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

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell


    That is all.

  • Sam Del Valle

    And so it begins.....


  • Mauro

    Oh boy here we go again.

    • Mauro

      Start game, tap to begin, *taps*, copter instantly smashes hard to the wall, *throws phone out of the window*.

  • J_Pod

    Am I the only one who is wholly disinterested in games like this? It has no appeal to me whatsoever.

    • Jack

      You and anyone with taste.

    • Steve Williamson

      I find these games are good to have just on your phone for that 10 minutes on public transport to kill some time now and then

  • moelsen8

    God that's terrible. At least flappy bird gave you a little hope.

  • challenge_accepted

    I don't understand the controls.

    • Histirea

      Tap. Lose. Try again. Mysteriously lose two days by "killing time" while you're taking a dump.

      • av

        You dont have to tap. You're a looser the moment you install this crap.

  • Sam Del Valle

    I've played this for 5 mins. And I havent even gotten one.....

    • RyanWhitwam

      My high score is 1. I'm done now. I beat the game.

      • Nick

        Agreed. I got 1 and immediately uninstalled it. #winning

        • rolo143

          I got 2. Haha! XD

    • Mike Harris

      I just started playing for a few minutes and finally got a 3. 99% of my attempts are a 0, but every time I go past 1 (which is extremely rare), I get so excited that I blow it.

      I missed out on the Flappy Bird craze, so I really wanted to give this a try, but this game is like stupid dumb.

  • Josh Crumley

    The number of fakes/clones in the play store currently and prior to this release is astounding. Soooo many. Just searched for swing copters and there's at least 4 right now.

    • ddh819

      theres so many i couldn't even find this version by searching for the name

  • mgl888

    While I disliked flappy bird, the story of how the developer took down the game because he was getting so much hate made me quite sympathetic towards him.

    • bolski

      But people need to chill out. This game is a LOT harder than Flappy Bird ever was. What does he think this one will do?

    • Qwertee

      I find it somewhat unbelievable that he would remove a game because it was too popular, then release another knowing full well the attention it would get. I find the whole "Nintendo forced him" much more likely.

  • Jays2Kings

    If this is even harder, let's see how long it take the dev to take this game down.

  • Nogib

    No, I mean FUCK no.

  • Guest

    Beat this, chumps.

    • Vincent Gaylie

      Now I'm not usually one to brag, but FUCK YEAH!

      • uopjo6

        World record at the moment.

      • http://500px.com/willkennerley Will Kennerley


      • Andrej

        Tons of hard work was put into this, but I finally did it. I am now the king of the world.

    • Nick Nexus

      You MUST be rooted...

    • TheWorldDidn’tNeedThis Copter

      LoL Funny,
      I got 2 at Score and like at least 1000 neurons lost (wich i never go back) in15 mins.
      But i think the best Player is the one who Give's Up soon enough, (before the yt "Mom deleted my WoW Account" madness sets in:-)
      So pls dont throw and break ur phones (unless already planing to get iPhone 6).
      Its even whorse like flappy birds, Alot whorse.

  • Pootis Man


  • Rafter

    Surprised I made it to 3

  • http://www.keithwoo.com/ Keith Woo

    You have to be a special breed of people to come up with games that can annoy the human race. *golf clap*

  • Jesús Cuenca

    I get like 500 in Flappy Bird, Flappy is Hard but Funny. This is Stupid, is not hard is made to you hate it. The Dev do it again...

  • Matthew

    I've never played flappy bird.

    • Brad

      we're a rare breed

  • PiLoT .

    phil fish is a tool anyway

    • dude

      I agree.

    • CaptainOblivious

      What. Fish is too busy defending Zoe Quinn to make a game like this. A Vietnamese dude makes this.

      • PiLoT .

        Nah apparently this is him too

  • Taylor00

    Oh God this is worse.

  • Badouken

    Ya Im still trying to beat real "difficult" games... like Castlevania 3 and Ghouls and Ghosts...

    • StriderWhite

      or the old Ninja "f*cking" Gaiden!

      • Badouken

        ya god that game is insane.... I got to the third level or fourth level and just couldnt continue...

  • http://mobilecrackers.blogspot.in/ MObiLeCRacKErS

    what's your highscore ?

    • Kevin Aaronson


    • StriderWhite


  • Marat Levit

    Took me around 15 tries to get 1. Well that's just pointless really.

    • rolo143

      It took me 1986238799 tries to get 1.

  • Kevin Aaronson

    Fuck you swing copters, i have a wife and kid, which is already way more stress than one man can take! This game is impossible!

  • dude

    I ain't gonna download it.

  • http://www.1singur.deviantart.com/ Stefan Dumitrache

    Give it a few days, then look at the highest scores in Play, some will score above 213455837454564151615645453 points.

    • Jaromir KM Bracki

      That much? Only by hiring Chinese children (which procedure I highly despise) and making them work in shitfs.

      • wc

        But then who will make the phones that you play this game on?

        • Jaromir KM Bracki

          Those who are not on the shift of playing the game. Some much time spared on breaks!

    • Pushkar Kurhekar

      It's already there. Only took a few hours.

    • rolo143

      I hate those f*king hackers

  • CaptainOblivious94


    Took me a few times. You can definitely get better at this. Took me about 10 minutes. Just learn to not tap too fast, or tap too slow. consistent half second taps and you'll start to get the "feel" of it.

    • CaptainOblivious94

      Fuck, sorry for the dupe. Tried posting from my One and it wouldn't log me in or submit... Guess it did submit.

      • Mike Harris

        Yeah, disqus is so annoying. I noticed last week that if you delete your comment, all it actually does is change your name to Guest and leave the comment there. I doubt there's any way to "reclaim" your comment at that point.

  • CaptainOblivious94


    Did this after about 10 minutes. You can definitely get better at this. Just remember to not tap too quickly, or tap too slowly, consistent taps every half second and you'll start to get the "feel" of it.

  • Rahul Nebhnani

    played it
    weeped at the human race
    uninstalled it

  • senor_heisenberg

    I swear I will at least make it to a score of 1 before I uninstall this ridiculously hard piece of crap.

    • Mike Harris

      Here's the trick. Just start tapping the hell out of the screen. The levels seem to change with every attempt, so eventually you'll get one that is centered and you can just go straight up by button-mashing.

  • Anson

    Typos: Studios, starts

  • ginovva320

    Dong must have changed his mind, because I'm definitely much more frustrated than I ever was playing Flappy Bird.

  • guest
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  • http://mobilecrackers.blogspot.in/ MObiLeCRacKErS

    I am first from the last
    my high score is 0

  • http://500px.com/willkennerley Will Kennerley

    For those who want it, here is the original (hidden) Flappy Bird listing. You can see it's the real thing from the dev. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotgears.flappybird

  • QC

    "Flappy Bird got weirdly popular because" some people are fucking stupid.

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  • Nick Nexus

    Even the developer couldn't pass score:2 to post a screenshot in the play store...

  • DKT70

    The reviews on the Play store really says it all, gaming is sinking to new lows. It seems most out there just want one button, and the most simpleton of gameplay, and that's it. Devs want quick-rich ways to the top, and they'll do it any way they can. I have not bothered with the Play Store for a while, instead I have bought a cheap secondhand gen1 vita, and a 3ds, and love 'em.

  • Fgy7

    This game will look even harder when a clone of it is published as "SwingCopter48 Piano Tiles."

    @Stefan Dumitrache Those high scores on Play [Leaderboard] fr this game are most likely the work of hackers.

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  • HotInEER

    This is by far the most difficult game I ever played. There is no way to control the copter going up, it goes to the left the right and every way in between.

  • DrakeTungsten

    Not only will in refrain from hurling my phone, I will refrain from caring about this. :) I am full of refraint. ;)

  • dajabec

    This could set the record for most uninstalls in a single day.

  • StriderWhite

    next game you will pilot a space shutte going diagonally?

  • Tomasz Kuczynski

    Well, gotta give it to the guy - he's making bank. I know I installed it just to see what it was about.

  • Rob Cook

    News from the future™, dateline 2 months from now:

    "I have made too much money from this game and can no longer stand it, for vague reasons (think sharks with frickin lasers on their heads) I am pulling my money minting app and disappearing into the shadows from whence I came" --Dong Nguyen

  • Mystery Man

    Can we all report the #1 result when searching this game? It's a fake by banana games....

  • Renan Lazarotto

    Installed, played it like two times, got angry because it is IMPOSSIBLE to control this shit, remembered why I started to hate crappy bird, uninstalled it, now I'm happy again.

  • Sokvannara Chhy

    Sorry AP..... I already need a new phone

  • Ryan Callihan

    GOD this game is hard. Wow

  • BoFiS

    Still feel like all of these kinda of games just wish they were actually as good as SF Cave:

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    A few tries is all it takes

  • CeluGeek

    I like both but yeah, Swing Copters is much, MUCH HARDER.

  • Sigmund

    I need a telephone just to play this. I don't want to destroy the one I have :P

  • whispy_snippet

    Absolutely brutal. It's like sticking your fingers in a blender. You do it over and over and despite the pain (and blood) you never learn and keep doing it anyway.

  • Danilo Francisco Peres
  • http://gamenology1.wordpress.com/ Ahnaf Mahmud

    My high score is 4

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    Infuriating and addictive at the same time...

  • dave

    world record holder here.

  • http://www.aliengameplay.com/ Tim Beachum

    Here is another flappy birds style game that you may like - its called Samurai Butterfly - http://aliengameplay.com