Turning Super Mario Bros. into a battle royale turns out to be a legally problematic exercise, but that may not be the case so much for Flappy Bird. Yes, Flappy Bird is now a battle royale too, and you can play it right in your browser.
Remember Flappy Bird? It was the unlikely overnight sensation that challenged you to guide a shocked-looking bird through a series of pipes, surviving as long as you could without colliding with anything. Well, now there’s a battle royale version, and it’s called – wait for it – Flappy Royale.
Flappy Royale does pretty much exactly what you’d expect it to do: You’re playing Flappy Bird, but against 99 other players, and the winner is the bird who lasts the longest. It was created by programmer Orta Therox and experimental game designer Em Lazer Walker, who have added in a ton of customization options for your bird, such as ghost outfits and top hats.
All you really have to do is click (or tap, if you’re playing on mobile). Each time you click, you flap and gain a little altitude, and quickly begin falling again. Remember? Just like Flappy Bird.
This time though, you’ve got 99 other birds along for the ride, and similarly to Mario Royale, you can see your competitors as ghosts, which create a kind of gray bird cloud that you find yourself inside most of the time.
You can play the web demo over at the official site, and as mentioned above it’s also available on mobile, for both iOS and Android devices. Yes, this sounds silly, but each run is over so fast that it’s hard not to immediately start a new one as soon as you smash into something.
The joy now, as it was then, is in its stripped-down simplicity. What Flappy Royale lacks though is any way to interact with fellow birds. But I suppose it’s fair to say that here, staying alive is enough of a battle to deal with.