Flappy bird wanna-be Flopsy Droid now on Android Wear

July 9, 2014
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Just when you think the Flappy Bird phenomena and its subsequent clones and wanna-bes have already saturated the market, app developers have found a new platform to explore for this kind of game: Android Wear. The game Flopsy Droid has become the first among the bunch to launch an app that is specifically for the first batch of wearables in the new platform, namely the LG G Watch, Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live and other Android Wear smartwatches.

Flappy Bird became a giant hit among mobile game addicts earlier this year, specifically because it was extremely hard to win or even get a score. The iPhone game involved users trying to get the aforementioned bird to navigate its way through differently shaped pipes. Its surprising success led to the Vietnamese developer deciding to pull it out of the market, for reasons that continue to baffle some people. But of course it led to even more clones trying to replicate its success, not always successfully though.

Flopsy Droid basically follows the same concept as its inspiration, but this time, it is meant for the smaller screen of the smartwatch. The developer, a young computer science student from Germany named Sebastian Mauer, said that the game is actually better suited for Android Wear. It uses resources from Replica Island, an open source platformer for Android that uses side-scrolling and the game is also based on the libGDX engine. Mauer has generously released the full source code for his game on GitHub.

With smartwatches fast becoming the wearable du jour for this year, expect even more games, original and otherwise, to come out of the woodwork in the next few months. You can download Flopsy Droid for free on the Google Play Store, all ready to install into your smartwatch of choice.

VIA: 9 to 5 Google


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