Imitation is the finest form of Flappery. Hit mobile game “Flappy Bird” has disappeared just days after its meteoric rise, and rival developers have wasted no time launching copycats. Games like “Ironpants” and “Flappy Bee” take the same tap-to-fly formula made popular by “Flappy Bird,” building on that title’s simple gameplay mechanic with unique visuals and power-ups.
The infuriating yet strangely fun “Flappy Bird” was no innovator in its own right. The iOS and Android flyer blatantly borrowed art ideas from games like “Super Mario World” and “Angry Birds,” so it’s only fitting that it has some clones of its own. If you’re looking to scratch the painfully addictive itch created by “Flappy Bird,” here are some alternatives.
One of the most popular "Flappy Bird" clones around, "Ironpants" may be even harder than the game that inspired it. This free title replaces the bird with an underpants-wearing superhero, and unlike "Flappy Bird," requires you to hold the screen to fly upward rather than just tap it. This super-sensitive 8-bit flying game allows you to share your records on Twitter, so you can brag to your friends about getting a score higher than two.