The creator of Flappy Bird is launching his follow-up game this week, and if the teaser trailer forSwing Copters is any indication, it'll be just as addictive and frustrating.
The game, which looks extremely similar to Flappy Bird and features a little guy with a helicopter attached to his helmet, will hit app stores on Thursday, according to gaming site TouchArcade. The goal is to maneuver the character in between obstacles like swinging hammers without getting hit.
The app is expected to be free to download and a one-time charge of $0.99 to remove ads within the app.
Earlier this year creator Dong Nguyen mysteriously pulled Flappy Bird from the App Store, despite it bringing in a reported $55,000 in ad revenue every day. He said the stresses of success were too much for him to handle, even though fans begged him to keep Flappy Birdflying. Now, he's ready to jump back into the app game.
Some believe Flappy Bird was so popular because it's so frustrating to play. It's designed to be simple but, in practice, the task is extremely difficult. The removal spawned a series of Flappy Bird knock-offs, and in some ways, you might thing Swing Copters looks like it could fit into that category, too.
*sigh* Flappy Birds - another rip of my helicopter game making a $squillion http://t.co/dnV4OlbVuI - le original: http://t.co/WXY2AM1aOp
— David McCandless (@mccandelish) February 2, 2014
Although the Flappy Bird app launched in May 2013, it became an overnight sensation in February and climbed to the top of Apple's App Store and Google Play for Android. Nguyen said in an interview with Rolling Stone that there is a chance he could release Flappy Bird once again: "I'm considering it."
But for now, perhaps Nguyen hopes Swing Copters will help fill the void.