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Think you've got mad game skills?: try your hand at Flappy Bird

Kris Carlon
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Some of you may think that you're pretty darn good at games on your Android. Well, you haven't played Flappy Bird yet, which has just been ported to Android from iOS beginnings. Following a vaguely similar logic to Jetpack Joyride or Badland, Flappy Bird is a 8-bit retro-styled tap-fest that sees you navigating your bird's way through pipe obstacles. If, that is, you can make it past the first couple.

Flappy Bird Teaser
There's not much to Flappy Bird other than crazily addictive and simple gameplay. / © .GEARS Studios

This game is insanely difficult to master, but if you think you've got what it takes I'd love to hear your best scores in the comments below. There's really nothing to it: all you have to do is tap to flap, and make your way through the pipes – the only thing is you can't just bounce off them like in Badlands, and the control is not as smooth as Jetpack Joyride. This thing is seriously tricky, although all you really have to do is time your taps to happen in between the pipes – basic physics I guess. But it's still pretty difficult to keep it up for long!

AndroidPIT Flappy Bird
Since this screenshot I've hit 19 points, but it cost me my wits! / © AndroidPIT/.GEARS Studios

Flappy Bird also has a bunch of various hacks to bump up your lives to 9999, but I haven't tested any of those out [Update: I've now tested a cheat to set your own score and it works, see below]. There's no in-app purchases, no ads, no anything really, just infuriatingly simple gameplay and sound effects. There's medals to win at various intervals, but I'm so far away from the podium I can't even see the finish line. At best, you can share your embarrassingly low scores via Google Play Games.

If Flappy Bird is kicking your butt, check out our Flappy Bird tips and a cheat to set whatever score you like...

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Have you played Flappy Bird yet? What's your best score? Any strategies to share?