Flappy Bird creator's next game is Swing Copters

Dong Nguyen's follow-up is released this week

The anticipated follow-up game from the creator of Flappy Bird will be released this week.

Swing Copters has a similar graphical style to Flappy Bird, but instead of side-scrolling it instead scrolls vertically.

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This time the player is in control of a small creature wearing a propeller hat as it travels upwards, flying through gaps in steel girders and avoiding swinging hammers.

What makes the game harder is that the character constantly flies diagonally upwards to the left or right. By tapping the screen, the player switches its direction, but momentum makes it harder to steer.

Following the unexpected viral popularity of Flappy Bird earlier this year, the game's creator Dong Nguyen removed the game from the app store after stating that it "ruins my simple life".

He later explained to Forbes that he worried about the game's addictive nature.

"Flappy Bird was designed to play for a few minutes when you are relaxed", Nguyen said. "But it happened to become an addictive product.

"I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it's best to take down Flappy Bird. It's gone forever."

Hype surrounding the game was so high that at one stage, a third of iOS games released in one day were Flappy Bird clones.