Flappy Bird is a gaming legend and one of the most explosively popular mobile games ever made. But what if it was more like Fortnite ?
That's the idea behind Flappy Royale a new game from developers Orta Therox and Em Lazer-Walker (with contributions from Zach Gage). It mashes together the endless flapping gameplay of Flappy Bird with the latest bird-like style of battle's royal genres that are all the anger these days.
Gameplay is simple, just as it was in the original game: tap your bird to pat and avoid yourself through some suspicious Mario-esque tubes. Except the goal is not to survive as long as you can; It's surviving longer than the other 99 players, all of which you can see flapping next to you in real time. And because it's a royal game, everyone starts out on a bus, of course.
It's a similar style to that recently released (and even more recently DCMA by Nintendo) Mario Royale who offered similar "how long can you survive" gameplay, albeit with classic Mario stages instead of random Flappy Bird tubes.
In a twist from the usual Flappy formula, there are customization options to make your bird stand out from the pack (another thing borrowed from Fortnite ), along with a "Daily Trial" mode that offers a preset course that players can try up to 1
Until today, Flappy Royale was available on mobile as an open beta. But Therox announced earlier today that the game was out now in official form on both iOS and Android. It is also available online.
Therox also launched some fascinating statistics, including that 10 million games were played during approximately three weeks of beta. During his peak, 30 games were played simultaneously every second. And on average, 20 percent of all the games did not even pass the first tube, a remarkable evidence of the core Flappy Bird design and its punishing difficulty. Therox says if you make it past the third pipe in a given match, you have statistically ordered two-thirds of the lobby.
Update 7/18, 2:57 PM ET: Added links to the official iOS and Android versions of the game and noted that Flappy Royale is not out of beta.