"Flappy Bird: A New Season" has flown to the top of the App Store, claiming that it is a sequel to the original mega-viral hit.
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A fake twitter account, claiming to be creator Dong Nguyen, has been taking advantage of his recent admission that he might be bringing the game back.
The fake account has been tweeting non-stop, calling "A New Season" a direct sequel, in order to promote it to fans still addicted to the ultra-difficult mobile game.
More fakery occurs when inspecting the App Store listing, which carries a credit from Nguyen's "dotGears" trading name. The game was released at the end of March, however, by developer Animated Emoji, not through Nguyen's existing developer account.
The support link for app directs straight to a blank Weebly page. Searching for the game's developer on the Google Play store brings up Gameslogic Mobile, which has a catalogue of previously cloned games.
A New Season joins the horde of wannabes already prevalent in app charts across all platforms. a quick search of "Flappy Bird" performed by Pocket Gamer on the Windows Store revealed over 179 results.
Meanwhile, popular iOS game 'Threes!' has been having its fair share of copycat troubles as 2048, a very similar game to the original, has overtaken it in the charts.
"We do believe imitation is the greatest form of flattery," Threes! creator Asher Vollmer said on the game's blog. "But ideally the imitation happens after we've had time to descend slowly from the peak – not the moment we plant the flag."