App flaps its way up the top charts

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As you can see, this app suddenly rose to fame in a matter of days.

Love it or hate it, Flappy Bird is what everybody seems to be playing nowadays. This ultra-simplistic retro-themed app went viral this month, landing itself onto the top charts on both iTunes as well as the Google Play Store.

Flappy Birds has no storyline, no character interactions, and no distinct levels. It focuses on a bird whose objective is to fly — or flap — between pipes jutting out from the floor as well as the ceiling. As the player, you simply tap the screen to make the bird flap its wings and elevate. For each set of pipes you pass, you get a point. Sounds simple, right?

“I die every five seconds!” said sophomore Claudia Lee.

“I seriously have no idea why I like it,” said senior Aaron Acluba.

“It is extremely frustrating,” said sophomore Kelsey Fernando.

If anything, this game is close to impossible. Many players have posted app reviews on both iTunes and the Google Play Store claiming that their addiction and frustration with the app has “ruined” their lives.

“Once you start playing, it’s so hard to stop,” said Fernando, whose high score is 36.

“It’s frustrating, but at the same time, it’s super addicting,” said Lee, with a high score of 50.

The app seems to thrive off of this love-hate relationship with gamers. Players keep playing in their desire to beat their own high score, and even though it may be repetitive, their drive to out-do themselves with each flap makes them keep playing.

“The fact that I kept dying made me want to play more and beat my high score (47),” said Acluba. “People keep playing because they hate to lose.”

.Gears, the indie developer of this app, suddenly became popular after the release of Flappy Bird. Due to the popularity of this game, which rests as the number one free app on iTunes, two of their other games have risen on the charts as well. Super Ball, a game in which you try to prevent the ball from touching the floor, has assumed the number two position, while Shuriken Block, a game where you protect your samurais from shurikens has risen to the number six spot. All these games share the same simplistic 8-bit gaming theme that is reminiscent of classic arcade games.

If you haven’t played Flappy Bird, you definitely should. It’s a game you can play anywhere, as it only will take a couple seconds before you need to restart. This casual game is a great time killer, whether you’re waiting for your dentist appointment or taking a break from homework.

I’m proud to say my high score is 128 (yes, it is possible), but I’ve spent a good seven hours on the app and have gone through a couple mental breakdowns.

Happy Flapping!