The viral mobile game sensation, Flappy Bird, after topping the charts on iOS last month, and making a big impression on Android after late-January launch, will arrive on the Windows Phone platform sometime this month.
Dong Nguyen, the developer of Flappy Bird, has said the game will soon arrive on Windows Phone handsets. His Twitter post, came as a reply to one of the fans, stating "I could estimate 10 days from now. It has to be approved by Microsoft." The post confirms the game should arrive on the Windows Phone platform soon.
The new retro arcade-style side-scroller has already become the rage on iOS and Android. A bare-bones offering, Flappy Bird has got many wondering what all the hype is about, as it finished January the top free app on the App Store in the US, having spent most of the month amongst the top charts.
Flappy Bird's premise is simple, the player has to navigate the bird through a series of gaps between vertical pipe-shaped obstacles (that appear to be a direct lift from Super Mario in terms of art-work), rising up and down by tapping the screen to flap the bird's wings.
The game's popularity is said to be linked to its difficulty, with players challenged to set a high-score on a global leaderboard. There are no lives, or in-app purchases in Flappy Bird, and players get a single point for each pair of pipes they fly through, and medals after every ten points all the way up to platinum.
Most notably, the Android version of Flappy Birds, which was released on January 30 on the Google Play store, is not doing so well (at least on the Indian version of the app store) - it is way down on the free game list, forget the free app list. It's listed amongst the top apps on the US Google Play store however.
Interestingly, the developer says the game is easier on Android than on iOS. The game was introduced in May 2013 on the iTunes App Store, and only topped the free category in January 2014, which it closed as the most downloaded app.