If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week or so, you’ve probably seen a lot of chat about a little game called Flappy Bird. At first you saw everyone raving about how high of a score they could get on the game and how fun and addicting it was. Then those statements were quickly followed by rage or disappointment that the game’s programmer Dong Nguyen had decided to take the game down from Apple and Android stores.
Nguyen decided to take the game down because he “couldn’t sleep” due to the recent attention he had been receiving from the game. Not entirely sure if he couldn’t sleep because people were raving about how great it was or because of the fact that it was all basically ripped off of other games.
I did manage to download the game before it was taken down and I must say that I can hardly stand to play it because it’s maddening in the sense that I am horrible at it. However, I’m not one of the people that are bummed about it being taken down. In fact, you could say that I’m happy it was removed because if it wasn’t, we probably wouldn’t be talking about an alternative to the game which was put out by the Sesame Street Workshop called Flappy Bert.
Flappy Bert has the same idea as Flappy Bird except you are now Bert from Sesame Street and you need to be carried around town by your little tuft of head hair by a little birdie.
When I first heard of the “alternatives” to the popular game, I didn’t care at all because I thought it was a massive overreaction to Flappy Bird being taken down. However after playing Flappy Bert, I’m pleasantly surprised.
The gameplay is still maddening but what makes this game bearable are the sound bytes that are used when you both succeed and fail. When you are successful at getting through the pipes, ol’ Bert let’s out his awkward laugh that makes the whole game worth it. And instead of being sent into a blind rage when losing like you did when playing Flappy Bird, this time you can laugh it off and smile because as Bert hits the ground, he calls out, “ERRRNIIIEEEEEE!” and it is magic.
If you want to play the game, head on over to the Sesame Street Workshop, give it a go and let us know what you think!