Less than two weeks ago, Google and Apple were a part of the “Flappy Bird” mania. The popular app was selling to users at a staggering rate. It got so bad that the game’s creator could not stand the heat and pulled the game from the market. Since the disappearance of Flappy Bird, hundreds of other games have popped up that are trying to take advantage of the popularity the app gained. Today, Google and Apple are going to put a stop to these attempts by rejecting all Flappy Bird clones in their app stores.
Despite how popular these flappy clones have been, Google and Apple still feel it is the right move to begin banning them. Immediately after Flappy Bird was removed from stores, these clones began to pop up. With names like Flappy Bee and Flappy Plane, these apps were targeting the Flappy Bird audience who did not get the game in time. However, as more games began to pop up, more problems did as well. Soon the app stores were flooded with hundreds of flappy clones, all with the same game style and goal. Flappy Bird was not a complex game. The object was to maneuver a small bird through green pipes and rack up points. It is not surprising then how quickly the clones came to be. This simple style created the surplus of games that now dominate the app stores.
Eventually, Google and Apple both saw the necessity to reject the flappy clones. Some of the clones that initially popped up will remain available in the app stores. Others, like Flappy Bee, have had their names changed to similar but recognizable monikers. “Jumpy Bee” is still readily available to users itching for the flappy experience. Google and apple will not be accepting any more titles with the word “flappy” in it, however.
Many believe that this move by Apple and Google is an attempt to stop exploitation. Others see it as a copyright issue. Ken Carpenter, a game creator of Mind Juice Media, had his game Flappy Dragon rejected. He was told his material is purposely attempting to mislead users, which violates the guidelines of the app store. He will recycle his game and submit it under a new name, “Derpy Dragon.” He objects to the change, however, and has a valid point for it. His game was rejected based on Flappy Bird, a game no longer available for purchase. Therefore, there should be no problem with copyright of his game or any misleading nature resulted from it. Users should have every opportunity to find a flappy substitute, and what easier way to do that then to have the title reflect the common nature of the game. Google and Apple disagree.
For now, there are no rumors of any Flappy Bird resurrection. Users addicted to the game will have to find another way to pass their time. However, they better not look for a flappy way. Thanks to Google and Apple rejecting all flappy clones, users will have to be a bit more clever if they want to find their flappy fix.
By Chris Chisam