It might be time to give your fingers a rest and stop flapping for a bit.
The gaming community erupted into a mixture of jubilant cheers and defeated moans Thursday when Dong Nguyen, the infamous creator behind one of the biggest gaming sensations of the year, Flappy Bird, tweeted a teaser photo of his new game Thursday:
I am making a new game. So people can forget about Flappy Bird for a while. pic.twitter.com/JcUsd7FJvg
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) May 15, 2014
The photo doesn’t give us much to go on, but there are some general assumptions we can make based on what Dong has teased.
Chances are his newest game, which remains nameless at this time, will be an endless runner touch game, akin to something like Jetpack Joyride.
Essentially, the player will be faced with multiple obstacles that he or she must jump over or manoeuvre around in order to continue moving forward and collect more points.
Sound familiar? If you’re scratching your head thinking, “huh, that sounds a lot like Flappy Bird,” you’re correct.
Runners are a genre of games that use the touch capabilities, and in turn, the limitations of its medium, extremely well. Players can use both hands to run, shoot, and jump around objects, and it isn’t overly difficult for the developer to replicate the levels.
For someone like Dong, a self-professed amateur game designer and developer, it’s a perfect concept. Looking at the art work, it’s fair to assume he’ll be using the same game engine to create his new game, leaving players with an elegantly simple, yet mind boggling difficult game to obsess over.
For those living under a rock, Flappy Bird was one of the biggest free mobile games around. But Dong pulled it after he became the victim of online harassment from players and Internet trolls.
At the height of the game’s popularity, Dong was making $50,000 a day through running pop-up ads that would transition in during the beginning of every new game.
In a game where death wasn’t just a possibility, it was an annoying reoccurrence every couple of seconds, it’s a bit of an understatement to say Dong was raking it in.
Although, months after pulling the game, Dong told CNBC Wednesday night that he had plans to resurrect the game, this time with added challenges and better designs.
Diehard Flappy Bird fans who may have deleted the game can expect to see it floating around the Apple App Store again some time in August.