Flappy Bird refuses to call it game over as new clone launches on Windows 8

We're just about as sick and tired of Flappy Bird as you all are, but it's worth covering news that a super popular clone of the mobile game is available on the Windows Store. This means should you have a tablet or Windows PC, you'll be able to enjoy the highly addictive, yet soul-destroying title on larger screens. Pass the break for more details and links.

The game itself plays pretty much exactly like the mobile counterpart. Players are tasked with controlling a bird (by touch or mouse/trackpad input) and make their way through the level, scoring as many points as possible. Multiple medals are available for those who are able to endure the addictive gameplay. Those who fire up Flappy Bird should expect thoughts of ragequit.

Flappy Bird

The advertising can be quite ridiculous.

There are adverts on show when playing in landscape mode, but switching to portrait removes them for a full-screen experience. We've previously touched on how we're strongly against people making money from cloning work that isn't actually their own, but we'll let this one slide slightly due to it being on Windows 8. Still, we'd rather have zero advertising involved and would like to see the publisher of this version do just that.

The developer of this release got in touch with us to reveal that the game had been downloaded more than 80,000 times within 3 days. What's more is the developer received numerous requests from consumers for improvements, altering sound effects and more. The demand for this simple game is nothing short of astonishing.

You can download Flappy Bird from the Windows Store for free. If you don't support this publisher making money off Dong Nguyen's work, be sure to check out Flappy Bird alternatives available on Microsoft platforms. What's your best score?

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.