Ladies and gentleman, the apocalypse is nigh. One intrepid Minecraft user has found a way to create Flappy Bird, the simple but addictive mobile game that's been burning up the gaming news world for the past few days, in Mojang's block-based title.
As you can see in the video above, the mod recreates all of the key elements of Flappy Bird, from the distance tracker to the pipes. Even the awkward trajectory of the "flappy bird" is well represented. We'd say that this person is part of the problem — one of the dozens of creative individuals who want nothing more than to capitalize on the Flappy Bird craze — but this is quite clever all the same. In a way, it reminds us of the Minecraft graphing calculator we profiled a few months back - it's simple on the surface but likely has a lot of components working in the background.
For those that might not know, Flappy Bird is a mobile title created by a single developer, named Dong Nguyen. In the game, players are supposed to tap on the screen to keep the flappy bird sprite in flight while navigating a basic set of pipes. However, that's easier said than done, and many end up making it through only a few pipes before crashing.
But, strangely, a lot of casual gamers seem oddly compelled to try and do better, even if the game is not that well designed. That isn't to say this Minecraft version is poorly designed, it actually is much more impressive than Nguyen's real game. It's also one of the only ways to play Flappy Bird now that the mobile title has been removed from the iOS and Android app stores. Well, that is if you don't count the dozens of clones that have popped up in the last week.
With the introduction of Command Blocks and Redstone into Minecraft, users around the world have found new ways to leverage Mojang's rudimentary platform to fulfill their own creative endeavors. No longer is Minecraft about making faithful recreations of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek or Game of Thrones locations, but rather the focus has shifted towards making working creations, like this 3D printer.
Not to mention, Minecraft is one of the best selling games around, regardless of platform. Just recently the title hit a new milestone in terms of overall sales units, and that was just days after the game reached 1 million sold on PS3. Yeah, Minecraft is still a massive hit, and it's showing no signs of letting up.
Has Flappy Bird's time in the spotlight ended with this Minecraft recreation? What other simple games would you like to see recreated in Minecraft?