Before Flappy Bird: 5 viral mobile device games
It's game over for viral game Flappy Bird. Its developer Nguyen Ha Dong caused a flap when he said on Feb 8 that he would be pulling the plug on the app, simply saying in a cryptic tweet that he "cannot take this anymore".
I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
He has indeed removed Flappy Bird from Apple's App Store and Google Play, though those who had downloaded the game earlier will still be able to redownload it.
For others who had not downloaded the app before its demise, there are plenty of popular games to check out. With the ubiquity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, mobile gaming has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Like Flappy Bird, the most successful games make use of the device's touch screen so that players get sucked into hours of addictive tapping and swiping to control the game. Here are five apps that had people glued to their hand-held screens long before the exceedingly difficult Flappy Bird took flight.
1) Angry Birds
Before Flappy Bird, there was Angry Birds. Released by Finnish developer Rovio in 2009, Angry Birds exploded in popularity based on its simple premise of getting players to launch cartoon birds out of a catapult to destroy pigs hidden behind different kinds of barricades. The game spawned numerous special editions (Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, to name a few) and soon, children were going to school with Angry Birds backpacks and pencil cases. There is even a theme park called Angry Birds Land in Finland.
2) Cut The Rope
This physics-based game challenges players to feed a piece of candy suspended by ropes to a green monster by strategically cutting the ropes in the right order and timing. Bonus points are awarded if the piece of candy passes through stars located throughout the level as it makes its way to the monster's mouth.
3) Candy Crush
First created as a Facebook game in April 2012 and then released for mobile devices in November that year, Candy Crush gets players to clear a board filled with red jelly beans, yellow lemon drops, orange lozenges, blue lollipop heads and other candy by moving them around so that three or more of them are matched in a straight line. Its presence on Facebook spurred its growth as users continually posted high scores on the social networking site.
4) Plants Versus Zombies
The zombies are coming! Protect the house of residents by placing different plants of varying offensive and defensive capabilities to block the advance of the undead. The game, which debuted in 2009, gets increasingly tricky as the walkers start wearing armour and gain the ability to jump over plants.
5) Temple Run
This high speed game has players running for their lives after raiding an ancient tomb and finding demonic monkeys on their tails. Users swipe and tilt their devices to avoid minor obstacles such as tree roots and major ones like flaming gates. The 2011 game was followed by a sequel in 2013.
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