Game Jam to support Dong Nguyen turns out some innovative alternatives to the original.
For all it’s former glory, the insanely popular game “Flappy Bird” has also attracted its developer Dong Nguyen an enormous amount of online hate. To counter this wave of abuse, an indie gaming event was started to try and create other games inspired by the original. One of the best to come out of the fray was a game called “Floculus Bird,” which use the Oculus Rift virtual reality to give you a literal bird’s eye perspective while you play.
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For those who don’t know, the gaming event is actually better known as a “game jam,” which takes some kind of prompt, which can be as obscure as a single word to anything else you can think of, and makes a game out of it – thanks to TouchArcade for the description.
Here was the prompt used for “Flappy Jam“:
Make a hard, almost unplayable game. Use assets inspired (not ripped) from classics. Flappy word or gameplay not mandatory. Have fun, be supportive. Hate must not win.
Floculus Bird is completely free, and you can get hold of a copy right here. The developers ask that if you would pay money for the game, you should give it to Child’s Play instead, a charity that wants to improve the lives of children in hospitals through the generosity of the video games industry.