Surely you remember the Flappy Bird hysteria from a year or two ago. That event is still influencing developers as they try to find the next casual gaming hit. Crossy Road might be the closest, and now comes a game that combines the best parts of Flappy Bird and Crossy Road into one unholy hellstew of compelling endless gameplay. This is Mad Aces from Bulkypix.

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The game starts out simply enough—your character flies from left to right across the screen and smashes through blocks along the way. But uh-oh, there are some blocks with spikes. Better avoid them. If you can't, you'll have to hope you've got a powerup to shield yourself or blast them from a distance.

Over time, you earn coins that can be used to unlock new heroes, which bring with them different visuals and gameplay tweaks. You also get periodic gifts of coins a la Crossy Road. There are a few different control schemes to choose from. None of them will help you live longer than a few minutes, though. The mild, ongoing frustration is what keeps you coming back. The game is free with the option to purchase heroes for $1 instead of unlocking them. That's pretty fair.

The app was not found in the store. :-(