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Report: 60 Flappy Bird clones hit iTunes App Store every day

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The Flappy Bird craze continues apace: On average, 60 clones of Dong Nguyen's phenomenally popular game are released on the iTunes App Store every day, reports Pocket Gamer.

Nguyen took down Flappy Bird from the App Store and Google Play about a month ago, after receiving a torrent of online abuse for the game. In Flappy Bird, players would tap on the screen to keep a bird-like creature afloat as it traveled through a series of pipes.

According to research done by Pocket Gamer, nearly 250 games resembling Flappy Bird were released over a four-day period from Feb. 28 through March 3. That works out to an average of 60 each day and 2.5 per hour — or one every 24 minutes. Last month, The Guardian found that 95 Flappy Bird-like titles arrived on the App Store within a single day.

You can see three of the Flappy Bird copycats in question in the image above. From left to right: Tappy Bird Junior by EmBraze, Flying Penguin - Funny Arctic Bird by Lev Solovjev and Frappy Bird Pro by Reverie Corp.

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