Surprisingly addictive and great mindless fun!
Flappy Bird was an overnight sensation, it’s a simple little game. You fly, or flap, through suspiciously familiar pipes to try and get a highscore. That’s it! (I told you it was simple). I suspect the difficulty has a lot to do with people’s interest in the game as it wasn’t exactly easy.
As soon as Flappy Bird had come home to roost, he’d flown south for the winter. Flappy Bird is no longer available on the App Store or the Play Store, left in it’s place a myriad of poorly made clones, each one with more and more disgusting In App Purchases, died three times? Buy more lives!
The reason for Flappy Birds disappearance is an odd one, the creator admitted how unhappy the game has made him Dong Nguyen said on his twitter, “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.” he then later admitted “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” he kept his promise and now it’s gone.
I do wonder exactly what made him feel like way, what kind of problems could this game be creating for him? It’s genuinely sad and I really do hope he’s alright. I’m sure like most of the internet and it’s users he’s under constant abuse, if you happen upon his twitter send some love his way.
Another weird quirk in this story is that people started to sell their phones with Flappy Bird installed, initially these were going for silly money on eBay but as they picked up notoriety fake bids descended like bird poo from the sky and ruined this.
Here’s a link for the game to be installed on your android phone or tablet, save yourself a million pound and download this instead.
Or play it online here: http://flappybird.io/
Go to: Settings > Security > Device Administration and make sure you have Unknown Sources enabled.
A few more updates, Terry Cavanagh of VVVVVV and Super Hexagon fame has created his ode to Flappy Bird with Maverick Bird which is actually fantastic.
Lastly there’s a new game jam HERE called Flappy Jam, of course.
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Platforms: PS Vita/PS3/Xbox 360 (Vita Version Reviewed)
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is a fighting game developed by Artdink based on the Japanese anime series ‘Dragon Ball Z’ first introduced in 1989, incorporating an 8-Player ‘Arena’ style fighting system rather than the traditional one on one fighting system found in most fighting games. People that have played the ‘Tenkaichi’ Dragon Ball Z games may look at this with a sense of familiarity but it’s actually pretty different.
I was planning on playing more Dragon Ball Z and Assassin’s Creed IV but I happened upon this little gem created by Chris Davis over at THIS SITE and I said goodbye to my entire weekend.
The reason I picked it up was because of it’s obvious Dizzy inspiration and it’s fantastic! The presentation is wonderful and the puzzles are really great, I found them difficult but achievable when you bang your head against a wall for 20 minutes or so, most of the time though the solutions were pretty obvious, well they were after I solved them, which still counts right?
Anyway it’s brilliant so go buy it and when I finish it I plan on reviewing it and maybe even doing a walkthrough, god help me.
I’ve finally got my hands on Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z and it’s weirdly compelling so far. Even weirder than that I’m enjoying the newest Assassin’s Creed, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the games but for some reason this one is clicking with me a little more.
I have a soft spot for DragonBall Z, ever since I broke my ankle back in secondary school, I discovered and then watched pretty much every episode in the period where my ankle sluggishly healed itself. So of course I’d enjoy the video game versions of it! Well Budokai 2 was fantastic and I played it to death, couldn’t really be bothered with the third one and the Tenkaichi series rubbed me the wrong way, I preferred the classic one on one fighting game set up of Budokai and found the camera and controls of Tenkaichi to be problematic. So this ‘Battle of Z’ game must be a traditional fighting game ay? Nope it isn’t, so initially I was put right off.
However, I noticed the game had just been released so I thought I’d get the old Vita out and download the demo and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s like Monster Hunter, BLEURGHH! *spit* spit* Well it is a tiny little bit, but in a way that makes sense. There’s an emphasis on battle royale type fights, rather than one on one. It plays surprisingly well and looks pretty good for a vita game. I played through the demo and enjoyed what I saw, so just before I deleted it forever I gave the multiplayer stuff a go, I’m really not a fan of multiplayer anything but on I went. It seems pretty good so far, you team up with 3 other people and then throw yourself into a single player mission, but co-op this time and it works as it should but these were really early on missions, thus they were incredibly easy so really where I see this game working is playing hard missions in co-op to defeat bosses and hopefully they let you ratchet up the difficulty to suit your play style, I think you could get some interesting challenge out of the game at harder difficulties especially when you have different fighters having different classes, like Gohan was a support class who could heal people. It’s that sort of game, of course everyone was playing as Goku but that’s okay too.
The game has a lot of potential and I look forward to playing more when I get the full game next week. So look forward to talk of ability cards and energy sharing soon.