Why are Anne Curtis, Jeric Teng hooked on Flappy Bird

By Fidea Encarnacion, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Feb 05 2014 03:09 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2014 04:02 AM

Screencap of game taken from iTunes official app store

MANILA – The latest craze on the game market has caught on with Android and iOS users, topping the charts as the most downloaded app in both platforms.

Flappy Bird is an app developed by Dong Nguyen from .GEARS Studio, an independent game developer based in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The game is simple: All it requires is for the player to tap the screen of their smartphones to make the bird fly.

The game’s twist comes when technique and timing comes to play as you guide the bird as it passes through the little gap in between the pipes.

The app instantly became a hit with the simple and easy gameplay but what really draws players to the game is the difficulty of reaching a higher score.

Unlike other games, players only have one life. Once the bird hits a pipe—game over.

There are no level ups, in-game rewards, not even a pause button. However, if you progress longer in the game, what you will have are medals, in bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.

Flappy Bird was first released back in May 2013, but only dominated the app download charts last month.

Players have been posting their hard-earned high scores on social media accounts, ranging from as low as a 1 to a whopping 201 and up.

Even local celebrities have caught on the craze, posting on their Instagram accounts screencaps of their highest scores.

Anne Curtis posted on Tuesday that she was surprised to have reached 14 pipes, beaming on how addicting the game is.

Top college basketball player Jeric Teng got a higher score, reaching 61 on Wednesday.

When asked if the game is open to being set for release on other gaming platforms, Nguyen said on his Twitter account that he’d rather have Flappy Bird stay on smartphones only.