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Third of iOS games published in 24 hours are Flappy Bird clones

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A third of iOS games published in a single 24-hour period were Flappy Bird clones, according to a new report.

Following the manic success and subsequent pulled Flappy Bird app, developers are trying to cash in on the game’s original tap concept.

According to The Guardian, during the 24-hour period starting at 5am February 26 and ending the same time February 27, just under 300 new iOS games went live on the App Store.

Out of this 293 total, 95 of these were “obvious” Flappy Bird clones according to an RSS feed pulled from the Appshopper website.

The majority of these will disappear without a trace, but despite Apple’s best efforts four of the UK App Store free top ten apps are Flappy Bird wannabes.

New Flappy Bird rival arrivals include Crazy Dodo Pro, Flappy Beard Hipster Quest, My Fat Flying Dragon, Floppy Worm, Gassy Boo and our personal favourite Tappy Bieber.

The original Flappy Bird was created by Vietanese developer Dong Nguyen, but once the game went viral he pulled it from the Android and iOS app stores.

“I am sorry Flappy Bird users, 22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore”, Nguyen tweeted. “Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me piece.”

Apple and Google then reported that they would reject any Flappy Bird clones being published on their respective app stores.

Several developers found their clone apps were being rejected on the terms that Apple “found the app name attempts to leverage a popular app.”

However, this influx of Flappy Bird clones suggest there are apps still slipping through the net.

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