Rob Ford meets ‘Flappy Bird’ in latest spinoff of viral game
Players must navigate Mayor Rob Ford's head through a series of pipes against a backdrop of Toronto in the new spinoff game "Flappy Ford." Feb. 15, 2014. (FlappyFord.com)
Navigating a room full of prying reporters is nothing compared to piloting through the notoriously hard world of "Flappy Bird," as a new Rob Ford-centric edition of the popular game proves.
That’s because the Toronto mayor’s detached head is the star of the latest spinoff of the game, after the original was yanked from app stores worldwide.
“Flappy Ford” is the name of the offshoot, with a Facebook ad for the game asking players to “Play Flappy Ford and help Toronto!” (Disclaimer: CTV Vancouver has not vetted the security of this site.)
The addictive and at times infuriating web-based game is built on the same idea that made the original so popular.
In “Flappy Bird,” players used finger taps to navigate a yellow bird through a series of pipe-openings – the slightest brush against one of the pipes ending the game instantly.
Not much changes in “Flappy Ford,” except for Ford’s head replacing the bird, mouse clicks are used instead of finger taps, the pipes are blue instead of green – and the game plays real-life recordings of Ford with each death.
“Enough is enough guys,” “Obviously I was extremely, extremely inebriated,” and “I did absolutely nothing wrong” are just a few of Ford’s refrains featured in the game.
Not much is known about the creators of the Ford-focused spinoff, but the creator of the original game, Dong Nguyen, recently pulled it from Apple’s App Store and Google Play saying “I cannot take this anymore.”
The game was downloaded more than 50 million times on the App Store alone.
“Flappy Bird” alternatives have been popping up all over the internet since the original was pulled, including “Flappy Doge,” “Flappy Bee” and “Clumsy Bird.”
With files from CTVNews.ca and The Associated Press