The internet is at it again. Enterprising ZowPow have developed a Flappy Bird plush toy in the style of the game’s eponymous bird/fish hybrid, which can be used to play a modified version of the breakout mobile hit. The toys are available for preorder and will begin production when the project reaches its $25,000 goal.
Flappy, as the toy has been dubbed, will support most iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, and runs on two AAA batteries with a lifespan of up to two years.
The project has an accompanying video, which demonstrates the functionality of Flappy.
While the toy does indeed function as advertised, there seems to be some latency between Flappy’s movement and the game’s response. This may contribute to even more frustration among players of an already tasking game. However, as Flappy’s website points out, “That’s ok. You can take your frustration out on him.”
Zowpow, consisting of Californians Brian and Jenn, were founded with the intention of creating toys for playing mobile games. Flappy Bird was developed by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, but was withdrawn shortly after it exploded in popularity, earning him some $50,000 per day. One reason cited for the game’s removal was Nguyen’s worries over the game’s perceived addictiveness. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird” the developer said.
Source: Flappy Toy