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Rob Ford stars in ‘Flappy Bird’ clone ‘Flappy Ford’

- February 14th, 2014
Flappy Ford

“Flappy Ford.” (SCREENSHOT)

Even though .GEARS Studios developer Dong Nguyen has pulled Flappy Bird from the market, the game lives on in various clones that have flooded the market.

My colleague Steve Tilley has even put together a list of five mobile games to get you over the loss of Flappy Bird. Most are not clones per se,  but one of which, Ironpants, is almost a direct rip-off of the endless runner (or flyer as it were). The only difference is you play as a superhero instead of a bird and hold your finger on the screen instead of tapping to make him fly. It’s already the top free app available at the Apple App Store, according to the iTunes Charts.

Separate from this though, one clone that is sure to stand out is Flappy Ford which features the likeness of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who is currently contending with the fact that details of a second video surrounding his crack-smoking have been released.

The game plays very much like the original. You play as a photo of Rob Ford with a 8-bit wing sticking out the back. And you click the mouse button to flap the wing and navigate the mayor’s head through a series of pipes with the Toronto skyline as the background.

Like the original, the game is quite difficult and not extremely rewarding. But it’s still entertaining to see the mayor’s head bounce around as he flies.

It’s unclear who created the game as the site provides no information regarding that. However,  I managed to contact the the domain holder, who registered the site through tucows.com, through an anonymous e-mail.  But the e-mail response had no comment as to why Flappy Ford was created:  “For now, we’d like to keep the focus on the game itself and getting people to play and have fun.”

This is not the first time Ford has been featured in a game. Back in June, the Toronto leader was the subject of a Flash game called Stay Mayor. The Extra! Extra! Games’ title is a side-scroller where you play as a Ford-lookalike mayor, trying to collect $201,255 to buy an alleged crack video from the Squawker, all the while outrunning the media chasing after him.

(Gawker, of course, had an IndieGogo campaign to collect $200,000 to buy Ford’s own crack video. It reached its goal, but the sellers disappeared so Gawker gave the money to charity. Meanwhile, the cops recovered the footage from a cellphone they confiscated in an unrelated bust.)

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