Before I get started, I apologise in advance for reviewing this. I felt duty bound since Flappy Bird is all the rage, and partly because this game in particular is so unashamedly audacious. I’ll get back to reviewing proper games next week.
In the meantime, I’m looking at Splashy Fish – The Adventure of a Flappy Tiny Bird Fish. A Flappy Tiny Bird Fish, you say? Good lord.
You all know the Flappy Bird story by now, right? Indie developer creates relatively terrible game that somehow catches on and takes over the world. Said developer removes said game from the App Store and Google Play.
With Flappy Bird well and truly gone, it’s open season for the clones to come in and clear up. Heck, Flappy Bird developer Dony Nguyen has already said he “probably” won’t take legal action against the blatant rip-offs (Forbes).
Search for “Flappy Bird” on the App Store and the first thing that comes up is Splashy Fish – The Adventure of a Flappy Tiny Bird Fish. As such, it comes as no surprise to find the game sitting at the top of the App Store’s Free Games chart.
Splashy Fish, to use its abbreviated name, is developed by some guy called Massimo Guareschi, who’s clearly happy to ride the coattails of Dong Nguyen. Developers gotta eat, I suppose.
The surprising thing here is that Splashy Fish isn’t entirely terrible. In fact, Massimo has actually done a pretty good job of replicating Flappy Bird’s physics to a tee.
Other than aesthetic differences like the bird becoming a fish, the pipes becoming columns, the sky becoming the sea, and the ground becoming the bottom of the ocean, Splashy Fish is pretty much identical to Flappy Bird.
In fact, Massimo adds in a neat feature whereby you can collect little items of clothing as you rack up your score. There’s the Golden Wing, King of the Ocean Crown, Shining Beak, Dark Knight Suit, and finally – if you can make it to 50 points – Rockstar Glasses.
And, eh, that’s Splashy Fish. Ideal if you were too late to the Flappy Bird party, and much more cost effecitive (it’s free) than buying an iDevice with Flappy Bird installed.
- It’s actually a rather decent Flappy Bird Clone
- Nice and colourful
- Clothing to collect
- Zero points for originality
- If you’ve played Flappy Bird…
- A “Flappy Tiny Bird Fish”? Really?
Summary: Splashy Fish is a surprisingly impressive Flappy Bird clone. Utterly pointless if you managed to grab Flappy Bird while it was around, but - if not - significantly more sensible than buying an iDevice with Flappy Bird installed from eBay.
Developer: Massimo Guareschi
Price: free @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.