The Flappy Bird app phenomenon may be long gone, but there are others who are using that template to prove a point. Like Epic Games, who just released a clone of the game that’s using its propriety engine Unreal Engine 4.
The action game Tappy Chicken, now out for iOS and Android, has been created by the company’s Principle Artist Shane Caudle (via IGN) who is reported to have no programming background. Epic Games stated that the game is a perfect showcase for the use and flexibility of the Unreal Engine 4. “While it may not flex the full graphical muscle of the engine, it shows how almost anyone can make a fun and pretty game fit for mobile devices and web browsers.”
If they wish to, users can extend and mod the game using the Unreal Engine 4 Blueprint visual scripting. A browser version of Tappy Chicken will be available soon. This is clearly an advertisement for developers, but it also seems that the rather popular game engine Unity will have some stiff competition in the future.
For those who want the real thing, a new version of the game will return later this year with multiplayer options.