Thought Flappy Bird couldn't get any more infuriating? Think again.
(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)
Flappy Bird may have been pulled from the iTunes App Store and Google Play, but that doesn't mean clones aren't proliferating. We have to admit: we didn't really buy into all the hype surrounding the app here at CNET Australia — mostly we prefer something a little less frustrating — but one clone strikes us as particularly clever.
Created by musician, author and developer Earle Castledine, AKA Mr Speaker, the browser-based game is pretty much exactly the same as the original, with one key difference: instead of tapping to keep the bird aloft, you have to type the words displayed at the top of the page.
Here's why it's clever, though. You have to very carefully time the taps (or in this case, keystrokes) so that the bird doesn't crash. Although Flappy Bird Typing Tutor doesn't teach you to type at speed, if you're constantly glancing down at the keyboard, you won't be able to make those split-second moves. You need to learn where the keys are by touch.
Needless to say, we are utterly dismal at it.
But we have some time to get good at it (if we don't put our fists through our screens first): Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has said that he won't be pursuing legal action against Flappy Bird clones, so it's got that going for it, which is nice.
Give Flappy Bird Typing Tutor a try for yourself on Mr Speaker's website.