Flappy Bird returning August with ‘less addictive’ gameplay

Flappy Bird returning August with ‘less addictive’ gameplayIt’s crazy to think that the whole Flappy Bird phenomenon lasted a mere few weeks, with the game gaining an insane cult following and – when it was abruptly taken down – paving the way for countless clones.

We heard back in March that reclusive weirdo Dong Nguyen was “considering” a return for Flappy Bird, and now we’re hearing that it’ll be August, with a few gameplay refinements.

That’s the word over on CNBC, with Nguyen-scented words being whispered in the ear of eye-friendly Kelly Evans.

Nguyen had previously expressed concerns about the game being overly addictive, and indeed that was one of the primary reasons for taking Flappy Bird down in February – even though it was supposedly bringing in $50,000 in revenue PER DAY.

How Dong achieves a less addictive formula for the new Flappy Birds is anyone’s guess at this stage.

Equally intriguing is the notion of a Flappy Birds multiplayer mode. We’re guessing that’ll be asynchronous, with friends taking on identical sets of pipes (not a euphemism) in a bid for bragging rights.

Perhaps understandably, Dong still seems thoroughly fed up with the whole thing. He tweeted yesterday: “I am making a new game. So people can forget about Flappy Bird for a while.”

The game features "a guy jumping from building to building." Will lightning strike twice for the Dongster? Not bloody likely, but stranger things have happened.

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