A Third Of New iOS Games Are Flappy Bird Clones

Flap, be free!

Nearly one third of all games released in the App Store in a 24-hour period are Flappy Bird clones.

That’s according to the Guardian newspaper’s Stuart Dredge, who used an RSS feed of the Appshopper site to get his hands on a list of every game released in the 24-hour period, ending 5am on February 27.

Of the 293 new iOS games, he discovered that 95 (just over 32%) were clones of the recently deceased Flappy Bird.

He also notes that — at the time of writing — 4 of the top 5 free iPhone games in the U.S. App Store are Flappy clones, and that all 4 also feature in the top 10 in the UK.

A full list of Flappy-inspired titles can be seen below.

(We’re personally fond of Flappy Beard Hipster Quest, which advises gamers to “Guide our hero hipster through the bizarre world of beer and coffee using the power of his amazing flapping beard! Can you withstand his barrage of pithy commentary and frequent requirement for smoke breaks?”)

  • Tappy Bieber
  • Flying Duckie
  • Flappy Penguin – Revenge
  • Easy Flappy Penguin
  • Flappy The City Flyer – Premium
  • Flying Rainbow Cat
  • Wander Ghost
  • Tappy Nyan
  • Flappy Monsters
  • Splashy Bird Ghost
  • Floppy Spongy
  • Tappy Duck – The Journey of a Flying Bird
  • Real Bird: Tap to Fly!
  • Flying Unicorn – Fly Like a Bird!
  • Floating Felix
  • Annoying Flappy Fly – In The Search For Disgusting Bathroom Treats
  • Capeman
  • Flyrect
  • Flying Pig – Tiny Rush Adventure
  • Scrappy Bird
  • Splashy Girl
  • Duckie: The Bird
  • Eagle Run
  • Le Kitten : The Adventure of Hoppy Cat
  • Flying bird deluxe
  • Plane Fly!
  • Block Fly
  • Crazy Dodo Pro – Save the bird from extinction
  • Flying UFO
  • Paper Bird
  • FlyFlyBirdySaga
  • My Fat Flying Dragon
  • Tap Tap Flyers
  • Flappy – UFO
  • Flappy Beard Hipster Quest
  • Flappy Love
  • Flying Bird – Up to the sky
  • Adventure of Duck Toy
  • Happy Bird Lite
  • Jumping Fred – Flapping Wings Adventure
  • Flying Hero Free
  • Fly Birsh
  • Buffalo Wings!
  • Flappy Kitty (The adventure of a kitty flying like a bird)
  • Jumping Submarine
  • Flying Wing
  • Birdie Flap
  • Flappy Bat Adventures
  • Flapping Ninja
  • Flip Flappy Troll
  • Floppy Worm – A Flappy Worm that flies like a bird!
  • Flappy Ninja Kid | Flappying in the Dark Galaxy
  • Flappy Mania
  • Zeppy Zeppelin
  • Tap Car
  • Flappy Parrot – A Tribute Game
  • Ninja Bird
  • Flappy Reef
  • Tweety High Fly
  • Flappy Pyro Bird
  • Flappy Duck – OneAppStudio
  • Flapping Dino
  • Office Bird: Splashy Quest of Love
  • Flippy Kitty
  • Jumpy JellyFish
  • Surfin Bird
  • Flappy JR
  • Super Pipe Bird
  • Flying Brick
  • Teeny Tiny Bird Free
  • Little Crow Pro
  • TapToFlap!
  • Flippy Bird 3D
  • Flying Flappy Fish HD
  • Buzzy Bug
  • FlyCraft
  • Flappy’s Pipe Dream
  • Candy Bird – Candyholic Clumsy Bird
  • Flying Mustache
  • Sad Bird – the upside down one
  • Flying Zombie Bird
  • Chubby Birdy
  • Flap brids
  • Splashy Turtle
  • Tappy Fish!
  • Fok’n‘Fly
  • Gassy Boo
  • Ugly Bird
  • Flappy Mipsters
  • Silly Fish
  • Swimmy Fish Adventure
  • A Floppy Floppy Flying Disk in The Land of 8 Bit Retro Game
  • The Pipe
  • Scatty Fly
  • Bouncy Birdie

We recent reported that Apple and Google are making efforts to filter out all submitted Flappy Bird clones but, from the look of things, unsuccessfully.

For now it seems that imitation remains the sincerest form of flappery.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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