Looking back on the Flappy Bird phenomenon, and the onslaught of games developer Dong Nguyen inspired with his brutally difficult single-tap gameplay, it's clear what made it so hard to put down. The first time you loaded up Flappy Bird, chances are you didn't even make it through the first set of pipes. It might not have even been until your 10th try that you managed to make it through, but man what a feeling that was.


Swing Copters captures all the "just one more try" of Flappy Bird, and seems even more brutally difficult. In the game, you play as a little dude who has a propeller on his head. Swing Copters coaxes you to tap the screen, at which point you're airborne, wildly flying to one side. Tapping changes your flight direction, and the goal is similar: Fly through as many gates and get as high as you can. Sort of similar to Flappy Bird, but going up instead of to the side.

Like Flappy Bird, it's really better to see in motion:

That five point run that I busted out at the start? That's the best I've done so far, and that two minutes worth of video is basically my magnum opus as of this writing. Swing Copters is hard. Just getting through the gates themselves would be tricky enough, but adding in the swinging hammer things below them is just ridiculous, particularly as you're desperately trying to control your guy as he wildly swings from one direction to the other.

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...But, like Flappy Bird, I love it. It feels like it's got all the same qualities that made Flappy Bird so sticky for me. Once you see even the smallest bit of success in the game, you can't help but play again, and again, and again, always trying to (in my case, anyway) top that amazing five point flight.

Swing Copters is scheduled for release this week on the 21st, it'll be a free download, with a single $0.99 in app purchase to remove the ads. This is totally optional though, as just like Flappy Bird, the ads couldn't be more unobtrusive. Basically think of this as tipping Dong Nguyen a dollar if you love what he does.

  • rayray307

    Dong Nyguen, It looks like you Have done it again

    • XboxOne

      I don't like how there's many like you that are brain-dead and will play anything even if it's horrible.

      • 101snow

        Yet your name is xbox one?...

      • Peter Burch

        Are you attending an introductory college course that covers frozen precipitation, or perhaps you are the instructor?

      • Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

        Pretty damn sure there's some game that you play that he wont like either. Or do you play everything that he likes?

      • Cookies

        Plus, there's the possibility that he was being sarcastic.

  • London-SV

    What if he has another bitch fit and removes it?

  • videba

    Is anybody actually exited for this?

    • phoopee3

      Excited? Not really. Going to download it and try it out? Yes.

      • Goggles789

        Your Avatar = Win

    • Corky McButterpants

      I'm already out the door!

    • http://aqfl.net/ Ant

      Exited? ๐Ÿ˜›

    • JPhilipp

      It looks good and I'll give it a try, and I bet people who like it will then tell their friends, "know the new game from the Flappy Bird guy"? The video shows this is way more original than the dozens of Flappy Bird clones we had in the meantime. The ridiculous level of difficulty was a meme in itself on Vine etc., and this looks similar in that regard.

      (Now before we get into a "serious games" debate: I consider such a game the popcorn of the industry. You can like popcorn and *still* like a three courses dish. But sometimes all you want is popcorn.)

  • Dex

    Why isn't this called Flappy Bird: Vertical Edition. I think it would have more appeal with that name.

    • http://gamebrokerage.com Kyle Waring

      vertical horizon would claim DMCA, obviously

  • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

    I wonder if Apple would feature a game of this scope

    • http://gamebrokerage.com Kyle Waring

      we can only hope, not

  • iFapOnYourMom

    Amazing Brick..............................

    • bacon-N-eggs

      That's it, but this looks harder with the swinging hammer things in the sides

  • DuckyShot


  • thestapler

    this is exactly like so many other things.

  • http://gamebrokerage.com Kyle Waring

    retitled: Crappy Copter, available on iOS from @dongatory

  • https://twitter.com/andrewvijay Andrew Vijay

    Dong Nyugen, you have shown who da man in da house! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • James Cameron

    Oh right, it's basically a flappy bird clone. Disappointed Dong

  • Shiftdelete

    Candy Crush Flappy Copter 2048!

    • Tone

      Seriously? You forgot Saga!

      • Design by Adrian

        He's not allowed to use the word "S*ga"

  • Echoen

    We're going to see Swing Hodapps right?

    • Goggles789

      It's really hard not to read your comments without Raiden's voice. It's rather amusing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Goggles789

    Flappy Dong.

  • gmattergames

    Ok, diligently working on my clone.

  • Jake7905

    Well, if this doesn't prove to Dong defenders that he's a one-hit wonder, nothing will. He flips Flappy Bird vertically, slaps a new coat of paint on it, and calls it a new game. Hopefully, if this release flops rather then flaps, we'll be done with the Dong hype.

    • Goggles789

      "Dong hype." You can never have too much dong. ๐Ÿ™

    • spokentruths772

      This won't flop at all lol

  • JohnnyJ301

    Hopefully, he doesn't pull another dong.

  • rich_952000

    Why is this dude trying to rip off Flappy Bird...

    • Jake7905

      I prefer to think of it as a Hodappy Bird rip-off.

  • dezign999

    Yikes, this looks so bad from a progression stand point. Would have hoped there might have been more to this formula.

  • justplainjay

    Looks dumb, repetitive, un creative, and brutally difficult, it's definitely going to be GoTY

  • worldcitizen1919

    Instabuy. Bring flappy back and I'll pay $10 for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cksgames ExK

    We at CKS Games can make this game and release it faster than Dong (before 21st) on google play, if we want to, hehe

    • Goggles789

      Nice copywrite infringement.

    • Tone

      My Dad can make this game and release it faster than your Dad.

      • Haunter

        Well MY dad can release faster than yours. Wait what?

  • JCho133

    ... And then Andy gets 83 on his first try.

  • Lunartic

    I expect the clones will be getting pumped out madly as we speak!

    • Stormourner

      sigh!! I totally agree, cloners wants to bring down the original game

  • unexpect3rd

    This is brand recognition at its best. Plenty of original "impossible" games out there, many of those are pretty good ones too, but this one gets recognized because its "the guy who made flappy bird".

  • Monteirri

    Another stupid ass game. Floppy bird is another stupid ass game.

  • doomsday3706

    The graphics are still better that the next gen version of Call Of Duty:Advanced Warfare!

  • Goggles789

    Sorry, I meant swinging dong.

  • http://www.nafna.com/ nadav bar kama

    as i type these letters, thousands of original vertical flappyยดs are being "developed" ... (?!$%&). WOW.

  • Pablo

    There are other "clones" of flappy bird that are much more innovative than this game. But with all the media coverage it will get, it will be a big success.

  • Design by Adrian

    This does not look like a complete rip-off, at least!

    • Design by Adrian

      Or does it?

      • Stormourner

        this game is original and once the game is released on the appstore the people will rip off the heck out of it

      • Design by Adrian

        Flappy Bird certainly wasn't original, so we can't use that as basis.

      • Stormourner

        what about that timberman game? sheeeesh!! the cloners are so desperate for attentions or becoming better the originals

  • worldcitizen1919

    This featured on TV tonight. Looks good. Will definitely be getting this.

  • Mario Luigi

    Easy money for this guy, the game is another shovelware trash made in a couple days.

  • narg

    Another annoying game? Ain't nobody got time for dat!

  • Erman Haskan

    ๐Ÿ˜€ toucharcade must be kidding ๐Ÿ˜€ is this a joke? you didn't review sky pursuit and publishing a trailer for this "game" ?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Do you think that's a one or the other kind of thing? Genuinely curious.

  • http://P1XL.com Robin/P1XL Games

    Can you "cheat" by rapidly tapping to hold your place? Does the game somehow prevent that? Just uh, curious, you know, no particular reason...

  • Cookies

    I'd just like to argue that flappy bird was not hard to put down. It had about 12 seconds' worth of gameplay and little else. The game is more of an indictment on the attention spans of iPhone users than it is a masterpiece. Accidentally creating a phenomenon doesn't make him an amazing game designer either.

  • Addictive Apps

    Top addictive games i've played (no particular order):

    Flappy Bird
    Doodle Jump
    Get On the Ball
    Don't Touch the Spikes
    Temple Run

    I find Swing Copters insanely difficult. I could at least get 10 in Flappy Bird....I can't even get past 2 in this game, and i've tried at least 100 times.