‘Flappy Bird’ Recreated in Swift, Apple’s New Programming Language

It seems that the addictive game returns.

Apple may have clone addictive app "Flappy Bird" that was taken down earlier this year by its creator. Photo:  Àlex Gil Martín/Flickr

Apple may have clone addictive app “Flappy Bird” that was taken down earlier this year by its creator. Photo:
Àlex Gil Martín/Flickr

Earlier this week the Cupertino based company had unveiled its new Swift programming language and developer Nate Murray was showing how easy it was to use Swift by creating a short demo app.

That example program was a Flappy Bird app’s copy called FlappySwift. Swift is an alternative to developing with Objective-C, the standard language used for iOS and OS X development.

Developer Murray claimed that he ported FlappySwift from an Objective-C version of Flappy Bird written by Matthias Gall. The specialist said he was able to go from knowing nothing about Swift to a working game port in about four hours.

Flappy Bird isn’t just a game anymore, it’s becoming the new “Hello, world”—at least for game development.

In case you’ve never heard of it, ‘Hello, world’ is a simple app designed to print out the words “hello” and “world” on a computer screen. While not particularly useful, writing a ‘Hello, world’ program is typically the first exercise developers go through when learning a new programming language.

Calling Flappy Bird the new ‘Hello, world’ might be too much. As Lifehacker Australia writer Angus Kidman noted,”[‘Hello, world’] exists to provide a very simple demonstration of how a given language works. It has one function and no interface.” FlappySwift still requires hundreds of lines of codes.

However, the advantage of “Flappy Bird” clone is that it’s an actual game that Swift newbies can “comb through to get a better understanding of how to produce an app. It’s not a true ‘Hello, world’ app in the strictest sense, but for anyone looking to program in Swift it’s a whole lot more useful,” explains Tech Hive explains.

Original Flappy Bird was taken down by its creator back in February.

Dong Nguyen, who created the popular game, took to Twitter  to announce his plans to take Flappy Bird down, explaining that he “cannot take this anymore.” This news came just a day after the game rolled out an update.

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” Nguyen said in his post.

On Feb. 4, Nguyen tweeted about how the game’s success caught him off guard: “Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace.”

He also revealed that the success of his app felt like a curse: “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”

Later the talented game creator added that he had no intensions to sell his app and revealed that he wouldn’t give up on developig new games for iOS and Adroid running devices.

Nguyen first launched his game last year. “It has been the number-one free app in Apple’s App Store and in the Google Play Store for the past few days. It became an overnight Internet sensation after tweets, videos and reviews went viral,” Mashable reported.

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