After several months flying under the radar, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is back with his latest game: Flappy Birds Family. The game is, however, only available to download on Amazon’s Android App Store, and only works with Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box. In our tests, we couldn’t install the game on an Android phone. Otherwise, the new game is much like the old one, but includes local multiplayer and more obstacles.
In interviews and tweets, Nguyen often got cagey when people asked him about the millions of people worldwide suffering from Flappy Bird addiction. Perhaps with his latest title, he wanted to ensure that gamers only play in the safety of their homes. “Enjoy playing the game at home (not breaking your TV) with your family and friends,” reads the game’s description.” An early review says, “This version is not as addictive as the original, and for that I am thankful!”
Or, perhaps Nguyen cut a deal with Amazon to help drive Fire TV sales. The game is listed for free, but includes no ads, seemingly. Flappy Bird has already proven to be quite the system-seller, and could definitely qualify as a “killer app” to some. We might get answers to these questions in the coming days. In the meantime, get that trigger-finger ready, then cross it, and hope Nguyen releases Flappy Birds Family for other platforms.