Review: Flappy Jam

March 9, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

The Flappy Jam was a game jam made to help support the creator of Flappy Bird.


The Flappy Jam was a game jam inspired by the creator of Flappy Bird. This jam was put on in support for him. The rules were quite simple, make a hard, almost unplayable, simple game inspired by a classic game. The Flappy Bird gameplay was not required, but was used quite a bit. In the end, about 797 games were entered. I was able to play 350 games out of that huge number. Below, I am going to talk about 7 of the games that suck out or impressed me. There are tons of amazing games, but the ones below got stuck in my head.

 

Floaty Blocks 1

Floaty Blocks

Floaty Blocks 2

Floaty Blocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floaty Blocks

Floaty Blocks is a more advanced version of Flappy Bird. This game has the player control a spaceship. The ship must dodge tetras looking blocks that are frozen in the air. There are also different monsters, like the Flappy Bird itself, an octopus, and bubbles, that must be dodged or shot at. The player can also collect coins to raise the score. I really like this game because of how amazing the graphics are. They are very colorful and kid friendly. I also liked the option of shooting and killing different objects. Overall, this game is a nice spin on the Flappy Bird game play.

 

Flappy Fish

Flappy Fish

Flappy Fish

Flappy Fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

FlappyFish

FlappyFish is another advanced version of Flappy Bird. This game was clearly inspired by the game Fez. The player controls a little character that needs to jump through dirt like pipes, however one does not earn points by simply jumping through these pipes, but instead earns points by collecting golden cubes. These cubes look just like the cubes one must collect in Fez. All of the pipes are not the same either. Some have huge spaces to jump through, but blocks moving up and down inside of them. Others are followed by purple blocks falling from the sky. My favorite aspect of this game actually happens when the player dies. As the character falls to the ground, hundreds of red Fez hats fall to the ground. This is a nice touch.

 

Flappy Cygnus

Flappy Cygnus

Flappy Cygnus

Flappy Cygnus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flappy Cygnus

Flappy Cygnus basically is Flappy Bird with a few little tweaks. This game has the player controlling a little ship that needs to go through metal pipes. The further the ship is to the left, the more the score gets multiplied. The player earns points through the amount of time it takes to die, not through jumping in between the pipes. I really just fell in love with the graphics, music, and feeling of this game. Flappy Cygnus has a misty, industrial look to it. The sound of rain and music complements the whole feel beautifully. It is quite hard, but very fun.

 

Flappy Bait

Flappy Bait

Flappy Bait

Flappy Bait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flappybait

Flappybait is a game that does not contain any of the Flappy Bird gameplay. Instead, the player controls a bird that jumps forward to a wall, bounces off of it, and needs to be jumped to the opposite wall. This sounds easy, but is not. Once the bird hits the wall, the opposite wall gets a long spike filled bar put against it. There are also spikes located at the top and at the bottom of the screen. If the bird hits the spikes, it dies and the game is restarted. The spikes move every time the player hits the adjacent wall. The graphics for this game are quite simple, in shades of grayish blue and white. The gameplay however is challenging and fun.

 

Flappy Fighter

Flappy Fighter

Flappy Fighter

Flappy Fighter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flappy Fighter

Flappy Fighter is another game with similar gameplay to Flappy Bird. This version has the player controlling a ship that auto fires bullets out against the world. The ship cannot hit any of the rocks or monsters that are littered around the sky. In order to earn points, you must kill off other monsters, but sometimes the things you hit let off their own bullets for dodging. The graphics themselves are pixely and colorful, pretty much perfect for the feel of this simple but fun game.

 

Unflappy Bird Pedalistic Parody

Unflappy Bird Pedalistic Parody

Unflappy Bird Pedalistic Parody

Unflappy Bird Pedalistic Parody

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unflappy Bird – Pedalistic Parody

Unflappy Bird Pedalistic Parody is hands down my favorite Flappy Jam entry that I have played. This game is not one game, but eight mini games all wrapped in one. The games include: Marlo Bros, Tweetris, Another Birds, Birds Vs Zombies, Space Defaulters, Crush the Boomdicut, Castlevaina, and Pak Man. Basically, the creators took popular games and through their version of Flappy Bird into it. All of the graphics are hand drawn in a goofy way, and everything works very well together. Another reference throughout the many games is that the player must collect golden hoops. Each game also has a small hand drawn story at the beginning of the level.

 

Flocky Birds

Flocky Birds

Flocky Birds

Flocky Birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flocky Birds

Flocky Birds is similar to Flappy Bird but puts a pretty cool spin on it. The movement of the bird, which the player controls, is really well done. It sort of jults up, after flapping its wings, then floats softly back down. The player must dodge the classic mario pipes, but can run into eggs to add birds to its flock. Once there are two or more birds, clicking will only move the bird closest to the bottom of the screen up, making it very challenging to have three or four birds. The bird also can collect coins for additional points. The main screen has a map, so there are many levels that can be played and played again. If the player earns 3 stars, it may even unlock bonus levels. This game is really fun and really well done.

The Flappy Bird Jam was quite fun to play and I am very glad to be apart of it. So many awesome game developers got together to help support another game developer through creating awesome games. Sadly, I was not able to play them all, but I still enjoyed all the ones I did play.

Check out all the games for yourself here.

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