|Flappy Bird vs. Angry Bird|
Flappy Bird is the No 1 free app in the Google Play app store. Since its launch on the site last week, it has become such a phenomenon that people are already calling it the new Angry Birds. In it, you control a pudgy green bird. Tap the screen once and the bird soars into the air. Leave the screen untapped and it plummets to the ground. The bird lives in a world full of pipes, and you have to guide it through the gaps between them. If the bird misses one gap – just one, no matter how glancingly – it dies, and you have to start again.
My high score is four. I've got the poxy bird through four poxy gaps. I've only played it for a maximum of 20 seconds before the stupid bird cracks its useless skull against the sodding pipe again and I have to start from the beginning. I hate it. I hate Flappy Bird. And all birds now. I don't even know why it needs to go through all those pipes anyway. There's probably nothing at the end of it, anyway. Just more pipes. That bird is an idiot.
It has been suggested that the sudden and unexpected success of Flappy Bird is because its creator, Vietnam-based Dong Nguyen, has somehow spammed the app store with false ratings and accounts from cloaked IP addresses. Nguyen claims that it's merely down to luck. However, from my experience it seems more likely that Flappy Bird has been downloaded so often because it's so incomprehensibly frustrating that you feel compelled to condemn it in public the moment you play it.
People have tweeted about how much they hate Flappy Bird: