Okay, that’s not quite true, but attempts to bring back 2013’s hit continue (as do players searching for the game most similar to the original). Today, I’ve been requested to look at another one, called Flappy Returns.
Or, more accurately, Flappy Returns – The Classic Original Bird Game Remake. This title edges into Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue territory (when is Unchained χ coming West, anyway?) and makes it clear the game wants to be as close to Flappy Bird as possible. Even the game screen describes it as a remake.
As with my previous Flappy game reviews, I never played the original Flappy Bird, so I can’t say how close this is to the original. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at Flappy Returns.
It has the same basic gameplay you’d expect from a Flappy Bird game. Tap the screen to make the bird flap and control its height to navigate between the green pipes extending from the top and bottom of the screen. The further you get without crashing (which happens the moment you the top of the screen, the bottom of the screen, or a pipe), the higher your score. You earn one point for each pair of pipes you pass through.
The basic bird is yellow, but you can unlock additional colors if you give the game a 5-star rating. If you enjoy the game enough to give it five stars, this probably means you’ve fallen into the Flappy Bird addiction and will be playing it for quite some time as you try to beat your high score. (Flappy Bird also makes use of Game Center, so you can compare your score to that of others.) In that case, having different birds to look at might change the pace a bit.
As you might guess from the majority of games I play, I’m not really a Flappy Bird person. However, if you’re looking for the core gameplay of tapping to carefully position your bird and fly in between pipes without hitting anything, this delivers. Check out Flappy Returns – The Classic Original Bird Game Remake, available for iOS devices.
Is Flappy Returns the remake fans have been waiting for? What is it about Flappy Bird that makes players seek out similar games constantly? Will the original creator ever make another one? Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below.
Full disclosure: I was compensated for this post, however the thoughts and opinions given here are my own.---
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