flapfamlogoIt looks like when Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen announced that he was bringing his cult-hit game back in August, he wasn't fooling around. Here it is, just the first day of August, and a revamped version of Flappy Bird has arrived. The only catch is that it's only available on the Amazon Fire TV as of this writing.

The new version is called Flappy Birds Family and it comes with a couple of new features over the original version. First off is a new obstacle in the form of ghosts that must be avoided as you flap through all those pipe gates. The ghost should be familiar to those who have seen Dong Nguyen's Twitter avatar.

The next addition is a Person vs. Person mode, which sees two players battling against each other in a race to the finish, split-screen style. Just like the old days of multiplayer gaming before we had that thing called the internet. It also appears that you have a choice of at least two different kinds of birds to play as, which is probably why the new name Flappy Birds Family has a plural form.

Update: Kotaku has a quick hands-on video of Flappy Birds Family showing the selectable characters, new ghost(?) enemy and even these weird eggs you can collect for… some reason. Check it out.

If I had to wager a guess, I'd say that Flappy Birds Family is a glimpse at what the new version will be when the game is finally re-released for mobile. It's possible that the Person vs. Person multiplayer will extend to online play too, given the online nature of most mobile devices. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you hate Flappy Bird), we don't know when the new Flappy Bird will debut on platforms other than the Amazon Fire TV. We'll definitely be keeping an eye out for a release date of the new Flappy Bird on mobile though, so stay tuned.

[@lifelower via Polygon]

  • Firedog5698

    Really

    • Rhonda William

      I assume someone did but I bet they didnt do it to play Flappy Bird on it...

  • cody53982

    Nice might play this

  • rhinofinger

    What're the weird eyeball clouds?

    • curtneedsaride

      Snappy Turds. The nemesis of Flappy Birds. They keep sending the Flappy Birds family disgusting photos of themselves in the bathroom. They're quite annoying.

    • jontas

      I think those might be the ghosts? But I can't take a good look cuz I'm on my phone at the moment.

    • WrenDavey

      They're NSA spy drones dressed up as clouds. They want to know who's flapping it, where it's being flapped and who you are flapping it to...

    • C. Stubb

      They're the many souls of the ones who lost hope upon hearing that the monstrosity they had long believed defeated is returning...and its name is Flappy Bird.

    • thiagovscoelho

      that has been dong nguyen's twitter avatar for a while before this game

  • surirav

    Really Amazon android?
    Ios is the only high gaming platform for mobiles.

    • Emile'sGhost

      That must be why Portal and Half Life 2 came out on iOS first. Oh wait, it's only available on Android. Fanboy.

  • Ben Seeberger

    On Amazon Fire to test it out first, obviously.

  • Anotherkellydown

    Can't wait! I LOVE FLAPPY BIRD!!! Stayed on my iPhone since release. This one looks a little friendlier, looks like the pipes are farther apart. Bring the hate!!!

  • nicoper

    Did anyone even buy the Amazon Fire TV? Well, I assume someone did but I bet they didnt do it to play Flappy Bird on it...

  • anabolicMike

    I like those original pipes he put In that game. The originality of flappy birds is staggering. It's the most amazing example of epic software engineering I have ever seen! Dennis Nedry would be impressed!

  • Holcman

    I bought the Amazon Fire TV the moment I heard if this, the meaning of my life has finally returned!

  • Rattyfus

    Honestly TA. Flappy Bird? Who gives a shit. Out of touch.

    • Kane

      Your out of touch for viewing this article.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I should post traffic stats for literally anything we post with "Flappy Bird" in the title compared to any other story we post on TouchArcade. It's crazy.

    • Superjimtendo

      I like how you are consistently talk shit on every article you post on. It must take focus to be such a walking outhouse.

  • Steve Delamater

    Whatever... play TapitUP! instead. All kinds of screen tappiness and no stupid bird!