The new number one in Apple‘s App Store is a game called Splashy Fish and it’s capturing the imagination of gamers in this traumatic post-Flappy Bird era. Seeing as the Flappy is a thing of the past, developers are falling over themselves to come up with the best alternative. Now it looks like Italian gamer genius Massimo Guareschi has come up with the best one.
Here’s what you need to know about the newest not-Flappy Bird:
1. It’s the ‘Closest to Feeling Like Flappy Bird‘
The game has been described as the “closest to feeling like Flappy Bird when you play it,” by Touch Arcade. The site also says that the fish feels “floatier,” which may be related to the facts you’re supposed to be underground and the ads on the game are not terrible distracting.
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2. It’s Probably Easier Than the Last Version of Flappy Bird
The difficulty levels are similar to Flappy Bird, with reports indicating that the settings are “somewhere in between pre and post-patch Flappy Bird.”
3. It’s Got a Cool Easter Egg
splashy fish because flappy bird was too mainstream pic.twitter.com/WNz5kXAdyt
— † (@fxkingtorn) February 11, 2014
The gameplay is all pretty straightforward. Tapping the screen to make the fish swim, avoiding obstacles, beating your friends highest score, all that good stuff. According to 148 Apps, there’s also a pretty cool 8 BIT sound effect easter egg to discover for the 80s nostalgia gamer.
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4. The Game Was Created in Italy
The game was released on February 11 and is the brainchild of Rome, Italy based games designer Massimo Guareschi (above). He’s was previously behind the game Cookie Cutter. According to his Linkedin page, he’s the Co-Founder and CEO at redBit games.