When Dong Nguyen decided to pull out his insanely successful game from Google Play and the App Store, he felt guilty. Flappy Bird proved to be too addicting and with it came tons of money earned through mobile advertising.
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For Nguyen, Flappy Bird's success almost seemed magical - the game didn't really took off for a year. Things are different this time for the Vietnamese game developer. Nguyen is launching another habit-forming game, but he doesn't need to wait for his second game to top the charts.
Swing Copters retains the trademark simplicity of Flappy Bird. However, instead of the horizontal-running aspect, Swing Copters goes vertical, with players tapping to move the character left and right. It's more difficult too, says Eli Hodapp of TouchArcade, who was able to test the game.
"Swing Copters captures all the 'just one more try' of Flappy Bird, and seems even more brutally difficult. In the game, you play as a little dude who has a propeller on his head. Swing Copters coaxes you to tap the screen, at which point you're airborne, wildly flying to one side," writes Hodapp. "Tapping changes your flight direction, and the goal is similar: Fly through as many gates and get as high as you can. Sort of similar to Flappy Bird, but going up instead of to the side."
Dong Nguyen is bringing Swing Copters to iOS and Android on August 21, just a couple of days away. It will be free to download, however, players can pay $0.99 for an ad-free experience.