PSA: That’s not the real Flappy Bird on Windows Phone

Since yesterday, our email box has been flooded with ‘tips’ about a certain fad game right now: Flappy Bird. Evidently, it’s now on Windows Phone. So where’s the link? Where’s our coverage?

Simply put, that game – and every other iteration – is a fake or pirated copy. That’s right. If you’re playing Flappy Bird on Windows Phone, congrats, you’re playing a clone, a rip off, a stolen version of the game, something made by some neckbeard in his mom’s basement. We tweeted that out, but we’re guessing many of you missed it or aren’t on Twitter.

OMG, please stop

The funny thing is, many of you are noting how ‘bad the gameplay’ is, which is entertaining because in many ways that is Flappy Bird. But we’re not giving the link because the guy who pirated it is collecting ad revenue through ad impressions and that’s kind of lame. And yes, we reported it to Microsoft.

But let us repeat: Flappy Bird is not on Windows Phone yet. In fact, the developer of the real Flappy Bird acknowledged that he’s a bit behind right now on the port. Hey, it’s one guy making the game, we can cut him some slack.

For future reference, here’s how you can detect if a game or app is real or fake: look at the publisher. Microsoft (and every other app store) always tells you who published the game. If it’s not published by a company you know, it’s probably not the real deal. For instance, Flappy Bird is published by Gears Studio and developed by Dong Nguyen. If you see anything else as a publisher, well, it’s not the real thing.

We’ll be sure to tell you when the real Flappy Bird arrives. But for now, you’re not playing the real thing, just a bad port

Anyone who does post Store links in comments, will be deleted. So don’t do it. Also, we love you guys, but please stop tipping us on this story, kthxbai!


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PSA: That’s not the real Flappy Bird on Windows Phone



Seriously, we had like a 100 email tips on this, plus on Twitter and our forums. Kind of shocked by the 'excitement' for this game, which many of you will actually not like.  I was hoping things would die down this morning and we could just ignore this story, but alas, the tips be a raging in...

I just tipped you guys and now I'm reading this and I'm feeling so bad. I just posted some pictures with my score to IG twitter and Facebook I'm going to delete them right now and uninstall that thing right now. I'm so sorry for supporting that D bag who did that.

Isnt the app supposed to get submitted by microsoft first and then published? Then what the hell are they checking?

When you say 'they' you actually mean machine automation. There aren't real humans validating thousands of apps/games per day. 

Part of the cert process is automated, and the other part is human - hence why it takes 5+ days.

You probably shouldn't comment on something your not sure about. Previous discussions with Microsoft, they refer to the "cert team" - im pretty sure the cert team aren't a bunch of computers.

Then let me rephrase: they don't have lawyers there checking to see if an app is pirated, copyrighted or clones. They simple check functionality, so the point is still moot.

I actually don't see why you are so all up in arms about this, when Rudy publishes let's say 6snap everyone rejoices and are singing happy songs about how awesome Rudy is but he is also collecting profit for his apps based on something that someone else made.


What this guy has done is the samething as Rudy, he has filled a hole in the ecosystem. Now i get that he shouldn't use the name "Flappy Bird" because that is misleading to consumers thinking that it is the official release but why come down so hard on this guy? Calling him a quote "some neckbeard in his mom’s basement" for no real good reason.


I understand that you want to promote the original creator but no need to be mean to a guy that just made an app. You are just as bad if not even worse then him. The app is not even a "bad rip-off". It's really well made and is real close to the real thing.


I suggest you remove your insults, a news site is supposed to report news not harrass people.

@Toxid_Fox I'm not open to any of your suggestions, sorry.

The point is, people want the REAL game and we're telling them that they are playing a pirated copy. It's more or less to get people to stop tipping us since the game is not out yet. 

A reporter not open to suggestions from his readers. Daniel is being very out spoken recently. I agree, there is no need to be personal about the guy, although i also agree that it should be stated that this is an unofficial copy.

Its true tho, you praise that Rudy guy with his 6apps but yet you come down so hard on this rip off of flappy bird, you are sometimes very biased..

He didn't create a Vine clone. He didn't create an Instagram clone. He didn't create a Tinder clone. He didn't create a Snapchat clone.

What Rudy did is make an app for each of these services, which use THEIR services. He didn't rip off anyone's ideas.

There's a difference between a third party client and developing a clone. One's original, the other one requires no thought or heart.

You'll have to excuse his frustration, theyre getting flooded with tips via email and Twitter.

You cant compare this guy to Rudy. Rudy makes it ABSOLUTELY clear that his apps are unofficial. He normally gets the original creators blessing or they turn a blind eye. He's also respectful of their policies (no screenshot in 6snap, even though its by far the No.1 most requested feature for the app. He's getting 4 stars when he should be getting five, because people dock him for lack of screenshot.).

This dude just pulled an audacious rip off. He made no attempt to distinguish this from the genuine article and is using the opportunity to make money off of someone elses creation without their consent. I'd say little to no work was put into this, he probably ripped it from Droid and force fed it into WP. Furthermore, the "real" deal is on the way, as he more than likely knew.

Though the irony of the shameless clone getting shamelessly cloned is certainly not lost on me.

+1  I'm certainly not calling Flappy Bird - the real one - some original creation. I get the irony.

But at the same time, I want our audience to know if they are playing the 'real' game from Gears Studio or some clone. 

And I'm grateful that you do. Rather than those nameless WP sites that have been promoting it despite knowing that its a fake. Integrity - you guys have it.

Then wpcentral should stop promoting any app that use private APIs without the consent of the owners. That's piracy too and includes Rudy's apps, I want to see Rubino insulting and condemning Rudy because of his immoral conduct.

Why are you so intent on defending this no name developer? Rudy has permission to use Instagrams API, he's likely been commissioned by the CEO of Tinder to make their official app for WP, or at least assist on it. At the very least he puts his own spin on well known apps and NEVER claims them to be his creation. That much is always clear.

This other chap just did a copy and paste job.
Maybe it was a little overboard with the name calling(if you can even call it that) , but Dan and the lads are very passionate about WP and the ecosystem, they don't want rubbish clogging up the store.

This article is an overreaction, It's not the first time coming from Daniel Rubino. He should make an effort to keep his emotional instability for his private life and be more professional.

If you are going to do some moral judging should be based on clear rules and conviction, not in your moods. Equanimity is important.

I don't know if Rudy has permission to access the Instagram's APIs, especially now that they have an official app. But what about 6sec and 6snap? Why does wpcentral talks about these apps even though the developer is making money through ads using stolen data?


Yawn. Read this. Ignoring it.

The point, you missed it. We're simply telling people this is a FAKE game and not the real thing. You think it's fine that people are mislead into using a fake game, you're a true hero.

Many people are tipping us thinking it is real, when it is not. The app is deceptive, plain and simple. If you can't understand that, then I'm not wasting my breath. Deal with it.

If you wanna have a circlejerk about apps using closed APIs, knock yourself out. That's a separate discussion from this since APIs here are not at issue.

The difference is that this is a pirated version, someone basically took the Android version and probably reposted it, but for WP8. Which is unlike Rudy,because Rudy actually makes his own apps, different names,even different sets of features, from the real (or coming soon) apps. Please don't compare the two again, kind of disrespectful to Rudy. ;)

Dan isn't stealing credit by using the name INSTAGRAM on his app. This publisher is using FLAPPY BIRD, which is disingenuous, misleading, and making all neckbearded folk look bad.. His product, although similar, is not claiming to be the real deal.

Hah, nah I get the excitement. Well, kinda. We're just literally overwhelmed with tips on this, it's flooding our email box and hiding some real gems. I was hoping today it'd die down, but it's just the opposite, so we had to say something on the matter.

It's actually a fascinating study in memes, fad games and the power of social networks to spread something so innocuous. The whole rise of Flappy Bird, which has been out for nearly a year, is truly bizarre but instructive.

He's struggling to put in all the subliminal messages which clearly adorn the game...because having seen it, I don't see the appeal. But hey! More power to the genius. We can be happy he even acknowledged WP users...which is a lot better than some devs.

As for these pirated copies...what absolute idiots! Makes me mad to see people's work being so blatantly stolen like that...and to have the pirate dev actually make money makes it 100 times worse!

I am shocked all the time at games/apps that appear to become popular.  I tried this game and was bored instantly.  eh. To each his own.

You shouldn't be shocked at the 'excitement' for this game, as simple as it is it's the most popular game on iOS right now.

...a game that has been out for nearly a year already.

Trust me, everyone in the biz is shocked by this. It's not a new game. It's not an original game. But all of a sudden, it's huge. It didn't appear in any movies, TV or celebrity endorsement. How'd it get so big? Why is it catching on, after a year of no attention?

You're logic is this: a game came out of nowhere to become the #1 free game on iOS and Android, was caused by my three articles about Windows Phone, talking about how it is coming, made it the top free game on iOS and Android.

We call that circular logic, where I'm from. 

Read my first article where I detail how the game is the 'next big thing' with MSN News reporting on  it. You're confusing causation with being on top of trends.

No, your mistaken, I did not mean that the game became huge on Android and ios because of your 3 articles. I meant alot more wp users started paying more attention to the game after your articles..Here in Philly we call your statements jumping to conclusions.
No disrespect but your last article was a lil harsh, talking abt that guy making the app in his mums basement lol..actually come to think of it, that was funny :)

I laughed at a few iphone/android users who were battling each others score... then I downloaded the game. Now I must improve my score!

Its down to Vine, I'm 99% certain of it. People following the leader. Just an example of a viral game or a meme, basically.

Pewdiepie a famous Youtuber made a video about it and boom the next day it was the hottest thing around, surprised that no one knows this by now

Sorry I tipped you yesterday. When I downloaded it there was no reviews or ratings and it was pretty much brand new so I didn't think there would be so many other people doing the same thing. Technically it wasn't an original tip because I found out in the WPC forums. I guess I pulled an IG studios on the person who wrote the forum post.

The game's a massive rip off of games that were available 20+ years ago anyway, so no big deal that there are clones is it?!?

What is flappy bird? I guess I'll figure it out once it comes to WP. Until then, I guess I don't know what I'm missing out on.

I agree with the members saying "no idea why it is popular" because it is so incredibly simple...but basically you are a little 8-bit bird that flys when you tap the screen. The goal is to fly in between little Super Mario looking pipes (thus why people call it a rip off), but it is incredibly difficult/impossible and an average user will get somewhere between 0 and 2 pipes per game; and a game might last 3-5 seconds.

Some say that is the major draw, you can kill any amount of time with it, be it 10 seconds to 10 minutes.

Yes it is. The concept/theme is same but the controls are smoother. I played this game on my ipad 3 , though it have a big screen , it is difficult to play , the game is difficult , need to tap many times , but this game is lot easier to play. Earler my high score was just 4 and now on my lumia 920 it is 10 :D will try to improve it. Now waiting for the official one :)

Really shocked by how much attention this game has recieved.  Would love to know exactly what kicked it off. The game is simple & addictive, but there are so many out there in all marketplaces that are in a similar vein.  

The game itself is based off ripped art, did you read the article over at Kotaku? Don't even support the "original" game.

Good to know.. Played 5 min and now it went directly to the recicle bin.. Waiting for the real game for another 5 min of playing :)

Urgent:Did you guys know that the flappy bird app on wp8 is a fake...ha ha..of course you did! That was my lame attempt at humor and this is why I have way too much time on my hands!

The game may be a clone but it fixes one of the things I dont like about de iOS(maybe android) version. The way you start a game after you lose its more simple. Less buttons/time to wait, you just lose and the next game is just a touch away.

Even the graphics looks more polished, and the birds changing colors in every game you start is kind of a nice touch. Even iOS version lacks the "night" mode.

Well at least is works for me until the real deal arrives.


But the clone is the flappy bird game. So im playing it until the real one comes, which is kinda weird since this is already THE game. :|

According to a lot of the reviews, people don't really care that it's a knockoff, they're just happy to be playing the game. I love my phone and I don't play all that many games, but one of the reasons for lower market share is because developers don't want to create apps (this is a double edged sword.) Until then, the majority of users wont care if its a fake game, they'll just be happy to have something. I applaud Dong Nguyen for not completely shutting out WP and saying he's going to develop for us.

That's what I always do before downloading and installing any app. I always check who is the publisher. I always install apps and games from original publishers. If at all an official release is not there and I'm in need of the app, then I look for the best third party app available.

The moment I saw the Flappy bird gmae on the Windows Phone store, my eye first went on the publisher and seeing it was a clone didn't bother to read any further.

It's not pirated, it's just a complete replica. The gameplay is completely different than on iOS, I have an iPod as well. So MS can't technically remove it since it's just an app with the same name and the same UI, unless it's copyrighted by Gears Studio

So you're in favour of not supporting the original devs? Honestly? Even if it's not copyrighted it's their work and their brand. It's disingenous.

These trivial games are all so lame anyway. How about spending your spare time reading a book instead?

That's my bullshit mantra, but what use is it to you?

Actually flapy bird isn't such a game, but what make it so popular is its simplicity and short , and being famous at vine ( its the main reason)

I just wonder how this situation could any be different when Instance came out but it was well supported by almost all wp websites. Just curious.

Really? Let me give you the basics.

  1. Instance wasn't called Instagram.
  2. Instance wasn't a complete clone of the Instagram app.
  3. Instance wasn't pretending to be the official app.
  4. The real Instagram wasn't coming out in days

Did I really have to spell that out?

I don't know why you guys from wpc make such a drama about this copy... There are a lot of copies anyway in the store and better to have a copy than having nothing!

It's a 'drama' because (1) We're damn tired of all the 'tips' from you guys on this (2) we're telling you no, this is not the real game, which is why we're not covering it

If you don't want "tips" then remove the tip us button. Most who tipped you thought it was the real deal.

IT Does not matter if the developers didn't take so long putting it on WP this wouldn't never happened and I'm enjoyin it even if its a fake its better than nothing and why can't we get app and games as the same time apple and android get theres

I agree with you. Until we start getting official apps and games in a timely manner, nobody will care if the one app available is a copy. They'll be happy to just be playing the game that all their friends are playing. The reason developers wont make apps is due to market share and the reason for market share is partly due to apps. That's slowly changing, but it's a long road. As long as the copy of the app/game works reasonably decent, people won't mind it.


All I can express are this laugh.

Oh yeah, HAHAHA !

Anyway still waiting for the official one. :)

So why yell at us for tipping what we thought was the real app that we are excited about? You could have notified us that that it was a fake without all the hatred in your tone.

Define 'hatred'. Because you're using it waaay more loosely than I think it is intended. What did I say that was hateful?

It's not hatred, just a bit of frustration. We can't be constantly posting stories on what is not news, or what is not real. I mean, should we do a roundup ever day of things that aren't on Windows Phone yet? Or are just clones, pretending to be the real deal? 

I personally emailed like 80% of you back yesterday telling you no, it's not real but a fake. While entertaining, it's a tremendous waste of my time.

I'm sure most who tipped you thought it was the real game. Most people don't know who .gears is.

Which is why I emailed them back to inform them instead of keeping them in the dark.

I feel like I'm going in circles here....

Credit to you for emailing them back but that isn't going to stop others from sending in tips. It's a popular game that many people are excited to see, it makes sense that you would get heaps of tips for a game that looks so similar to the real thing. These people thought they were doing the wpc community a favour by sending in the tip, it's a bit harsh to be getting angry at them. It's all about the tone in your articles/comments.

I've never played the official version, but what from I can tell this seems to be a very good copy. Bad reproductions of known apps usually get widely panned in the reviews but this is holding 4 stars. Not bad for a bootleg.

Lmao all this fuss over a copy. You're a 'major' tech news site and you're complaining about getting tips from your users. Spare your rage reply. Don't want you busting a vein.

At one place you can't stop covering clone apps like 6Tag and 6Sec, yet you have a problem with a clone game?

If you're so ignorant to see how these examples are not the same, I can't waste time to point it out. 

Us informing the audience that they are not playing the real game is not a double standard. 6tag is not Instagram. A third grader knows that from its NAME.

6Tag is instagram regardless of whatever way you want to spin it. If it's not Instagram, pray tell me what is it? 

It doesn't look like Instagram i.e. the same layout and it's not called Instagram.

You're confusing services and APIs to access them, with games.

You can have third party access to services, like Flickr, who can do it better. Some companies welcome that and encourage it, which is why they have OPEN APIs in the first place. Instagram has APIs, they're just not completely open (they're open to view, but not post). 

Instagram doesn't care so much about companies or individuals making apps for their service. What they DON'T want is for you to search for 'Instagram' and find an app called 'Instagram' that is NOT from them. That's why they went after companies with 'gram int their titles. 6tag is 'fine' by them, which is why it's still in the Store. Make an app and call it 'Flickr' and see what happens. Make an app and call it 'Instagram' and see what happens. Go even further and make it look exactly like the app on iOS or Android....

You keep bringing up 6tag and yet Instagram are totally fine with it being there. How is that the same? Rudy approached them about the app coming out, talked with their lawyers, etc. It's night and day.

Games are not like that. You can't have 'open APIs' to a game. You can't clone a game exactly and pass it off like 6tag. 

Just play your dumb fake flappy bird ripoff then. But its a terrible port and you will be supporting a blatant ripoff of a good game. At least 6tag changed the look and feel along with the name enough for people to know its unofficial. This A hole literally stole everything about the game. If he made flappy worm or whatever else then at least the character would be different enough for people to know its not the same. Its just insane..

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So what if in the next update he changes the name of the game? Will that be covered? Won't be a balatant rip-off. He'd have changed the name.

Oh and official Instagram app for WP > 6Tag. Regardless of whatever spin 6Tag developer put on it, it is a clone app at the end of the day.

Your loose usage of words is disturbing.

6tag has more features than even the official Instgram apps on iOS and Android. Clones don't do that. Clones are exact copying of code, hence the name.

Writing your own app and using APIs is not a clone. That's what APIs are FOR.

I just don't understand how crap games like these make it so big. It boggles my mind that people play this, or even want to play this.

Someone will write a dissertation on it. One basic idea is that games have become so complicated and "engrossing" these days, that something as stupid and simple as Flappy Bird is...refreshing. I kind of agree with that.

I can understand the simplicity, and being a time killer, but I have never found these types of games entertaining. If it doesn't make me think on a decent level I feel that its just wasting my time from being productive.

I don't think games these days are complicated, I think people are just lazy and don't want to take time to learn something real quick. I think that about the bad rep Win8 has, people hear whats in the media, base their opinion without trying it out, get a new PC to realize it has Win8, look at the new start screen then they throw up and their hands and give up. Then they scream at everyone saying it sucks.

Yeah right. Such games r time killers while travelling in bus and train. All big games which are played by ppl are ridiculous on touch screen devices. better to play on Xbox or pc. Pc is best. People playing in big games on their droid have forgotten they have their pc at home.

I don't think those heavy gamers really enjoy playing these simple games, its just something to do. If they had a 30 minute bus commute to work, and a phone with a game with GOOD controls, I am sure they would play CoD missions on a phone.

If anyone here has played it which I just did on my 520 you can tell its a fake. Even if nothing was said just the way the game plays in comparison to the real deal is worlds apart. The sound is choppy, the number counter is different along with the way the bird flies. This reminds me of when I used to buy counterfeit Pokemon cards in new york as a child and you knew it was fake because of the upside down lazily printed pokeball. Anyway I agree with Daniel but this is just not only insultingly bad for the platform but also for .gears and his work.

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Why is it that the most mindless and retarded games become popular on smartphones? Why can't a developer make some deeper games for us to play?

I am with you blackprince, I feel the same way. I think it's because its the mindless drones that will pay up for this junk. And no offense to indie developers, but most of the stuff they come out with is junk anyways. Big publisher companies want to charge $5-20 for a mobile game, I am a heavy gamer, but I would NEVER be willing to pay that much for a mobile game regardless of the title. I'm also getting tired of this 8bit gfx crap. Stuff is plastered through out steam and mobile games.

Ugh I hate that 8-bit garbage. If I wanted to play old games from the 80's and early '90's I'd download an emulator.

From what I see..line birds is similar to flappy birds and it is pretty good..then why so much hype around this single game??

The kids chose flappy bird thus skyrocketing it to fame...simple as that.

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I'm slightly disappointed that my high score of 48 will go to waste once I delete the fake version and replace it with the legit one.

The game is boring as hell, and dont believe all things this guy said, stuff like 3days to build, 50k per day. Folks in our northern country are notorious for exaggeration, just to be famous.

You should its a terrible remake that doesn't play the same. Its choppy and bad

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For what it's worth the real developer is also kind of a douchebag, ripping off designs from Nintendo. From the pipes, to the actual bird. YES, the bird is also a ripoff. It's just a cheep-cheep (fish from Mario), modified slightly.

Kotaku actually pointed out that it's a cross between a cheep-cheep and another monster from Mario.

Absolutely. And Nintendo is  more than free to take action against him, if they choose. So far though, they seem to be looking the other way, which is fascinating. Curious as to what will happen.

daniel,what if game is republished with a new name as something called 'floppy bird' and not claiming itself to be original,then what??would u then like to reconsider it as a different game and review it so??moreover at some other wp sites' forum i saw the post of the creator of this game where he did not claim it to be real,i guess he should have written the same in the app description and used a different name!!!

Is everything alright Mr. Rubino? Aside from the game being a fake. You seem extremely annoyed today. Is it really because of so many tips?

I hope this doesn't deter Dong Nguyen from releasing the official version. I've played this one, it's exactly alike. But I'd rather the ad money go to the one who actually made it.

he is annoyed coz tippers dont look at publishers,moreover he should look at the screenshot he posted about tippers,where i tipped it to be exact copy not original,but he is not bothered to read it coz he is so annoyed

Daniel is not annoyed coz this game is completely ripped off(coz original one itself being ripped from nintendo)but more at its not using a different name and is misleading tippers!!!

Well i have deleted it im gutted i downloaded it that was directly from windows store so how Can this happen a none genuine game very wary now

moreover if i m not mistaken,in the past wpcentral has posted an article about an app or game which was a clone though u told the readers its a copy not real,so whats the big deal with this???

you should had an article about it with a warning that its not real!!! if something creates a hype in wp users u gotta report it whether it be original or fake!!i guess thats what a reporter does...(sorry if i sound rude)

"you should had an article about it with a warning that its not real!!! "

Pretty sure that is what I did here. Is that not what the title says?

i find the high falutin self congratulatory tone in the original post a bit off putting, saying congrats you are playing a cloned game, or such words, to be fair i looked up flappy birds in the official store and installed it that way, so the laugh isnt on us WP users, but more the selection process/filter by MS for letting this POS into the store in the first place

Of course these are fakes. As we all know, Flappy Bird will come to Windows Phone 8 when everyone else on iOS and Android has moved on to some other game de jour. Don't you all KNOW that by now?

This article is a bit overreacting, so what if it is a clone? Kudos for it making it to the store earlier than the original so we WP8 users can give it a try before the game becomes irrelevant and old news.

If you want to download it, knock yourself out. The point is, many, many people think they have the 'real' thing. We're simply saying no, it's a clone. Hence the 'PSA' part.

Eh, it'll blow over. I don't take it personally. It's comments, people read too much into this, like I'm really mad or something. Snarky? Yes, but not mad.

I'm leaving him 1 star ratings and a nice note that says I won't be downloading any games from Coding for fun.

So if it was that easy to adapt it for WP then whats the developers excuse? At least WP is actually the innocent party (not like the media plays it the same) as the version must of originated on either iphone or android

App numbers are great but seriously I feel like there's a bajillion "Facebooks" and "Youtubes" that aren't the real deal. Microsoft needs to check their approval process to prevent these.

I have flappy bird on my Samsung tablet and this version is exactly the same. I don't care who brought the game to windows phone I'm just glad they did!

Which is fine, your choice. I'd just rather you know if it's a real or fake version, so that in a few days when we publish 'Flappy Bird is here!' on this site, you won't be all 'wtf', ya dig? lol

Using the android port on my blackberry. So addictive i hate it. Come on windows. Soon i can play it with two hands

lOl This commotion over flappy frickin bird is laughable at best.  Why is it so big? Its simple. It is called the INTERNET and Social media. Simple as that. Nothing more, nothing less. The game is truly shitty. Its just addictive and competive. That " I gotta beat my own score! I GOT to beat my freinds score" People like competition its the world we live in unfortunatly...I dont know why everyone is crying tears over this lol If you enjoy the game fine, do you. If you dont like it? Keep it moving. Simple as that. Also, I  understand why people are critizincing you Daniel, you came off a big egoistic and biased...lets not bullshit Rudy's apps are clones aswell just different layouts and name but practically the same thing...Im Just saying. Im sure your frustrated..But the way you went about it with your words is not to good nor do I think represents the community of WP Users. Thats my 2 cents im out!

Game sucks and is itself a rip off of a million other titles just like it. Typical of the mobile market. Mobile gaming is mostly trash anyway.

Ok I feel this needs to be settled.

Anyone comparing this flappy bird fake to Rudy's apps is totally missing the point.

This fake flappy bird, I would go as far to say, that it contains stolen source code. The sprites are identical, the game mechanics are identical. All that differs is some Ad revenue generator before you play, probably some sort of malware hidden underneath, and some crappy score counter. The "Medals" button doesn't even work for goodness sake, it leads to a sharing feature. It is primarily in the store to make money off STOLEN CODE. The guy has blatantly ripped the guts out of .gears studio's game.

Rudy's app on the other hand are all his own code in terms of the UI and functionality. His intent is all for good and to provide us with all the popular social networking apps that the official developers haven't brought to our platform yet.

And listen carefully, because here's the bottom line: Rudy was asked by Tinder to help create an official Tinder app, because of his good intent and pure passion for our platform. By the way, this also applies to Daniel Gary, who provides just as much for WP.

Now, do you think .Gears Studio, at any point in time, regardless of whether they were releasing the game in a few days, would reach out to this "CodingForFun" or "IG Mobile" as he's renamed himself (Probably to avoid being banned) ?. No, of course not! They would be disgusted that someone has stolen their code and capitalising on a platform that is missing this game.

It's disgusting. Daniel is right in pretty much every way, and when you love the platform as much as I do, and you see things like this, you cant help but express your hatred.