MANILA - Swing Copters, the much-anticipated new game from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen, is now available for download.
Much like its predecessor, the free-to-play app again dares you to navigate your way through a series of obstacles, while trying to score as many points as you can.
But rather than guiding a tiny bird sideways, you are now tasked to help a little brown sprite avoid a bunch of swinging hammers blocking its upward flight.
The bug-eyed thing, with a propeller for a hat, moves side-to-side automatically and you will need to tap on the screen to quickly change its direction.
The game is far more quick-paced and frustrating than Flappy Bird, but I personally think it is less addicting, as well. (My high score currently stands at 2)
One factor is the difficulty -- which is now extremely harder thanks to those addition of animated obstacles.
It might turn a lot of casual gamers -- those who play the game just to pass the time -- off the game, but the decision to tone the down the addictive quality may be intentional from Nguyen.
He earlier admitted that the reason he pulled Flappy Bird off app stores, despite reportedly earning him more than $50,000 in ad revenue, was because it was "too addictive."
As of writing, 'Swing Copters' currently sits in the top five most downloaded free app on the local iTunes Store.
It has already spawned quite a cult following on Twitter, with several players posting their high scores. Currently, the number stands at 82.