Flappy Bird Clones from Worst to Best

I’m just going to say right off the bat that I don’t get the appeal of Flappy Bird. There have been other games of this same “side-scrolling endless runner” genre that have done it a lot better as you are about to see in the list below. The controls are terrible as your bird drops like a rock and the pipes you have to avoid seem strangely familiar to anyone who has played a Super Mario Bros game. Is it because you play as a bird and they’re the hot animal of choice for mobile games? Who knows.

"You love me! You really love me! .... Why?"

“You love me! You really love me! …. Why?”

Now with the popular app taken down by its creator for largely unknown reasons, it’s time to look at alternatives to satisfy that itch. There are so many copycats out there but these are the five titles I have the most personal experience playing.

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Top 5: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Settings

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While some people enjoy contemporary settings in their fiction, I’ve always preferred escaping to someplace different. It’s part of why I love fantasy and science fiction so much. Having a video game or fantasy novel whisk me away to some fictional world for a spell is the most exciting sort of adventure. It helps me open my mind to something truly novel and forget the troubles of the real world, and I always appreciate the creativity that goes into dreaming up these settings.

Though I’ve been introduced to dozens of amazing places in fiction, there are a few locations that are especially magical to me. And to truly nerd out about this, I’ll admit that I love these places so much, I wish they were real… because then I could move in for good.

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Top 5: Black Video Game Characters

In honor of it being Black History Month (and for the sake of getting a new Top 5 out to you guys), we’re going to count down the best video game characters of African descent.

Top 5: Black Video Game Characters

In picking these, I tried to keep in mind to avoid characters who were either very one dimensional or offensively stereotypical. There may be exceptions if the character is memorable or hilarious or have other redeeming traits that win over any negative qualities. Otherwise, we’re mainly looking for actual well-developed fictional folks here. Let’s get to it!

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Top 5: Evil Laughs

All too often, the one thing that can give away that you’re an evil bastard is in the laugh. It could be anything between a cackling howl to a menacing snicker. Either way, we know you’re up to no good.

This Top 5 is a salute to those whose chuckles chill our bones. These laughs could be infectious enough to drives us into madness. Other times, they’re just so memorable that you can instantly spot it out. Without further delay, let’s roll out the laugh track!

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Top 5: Chainsaws in Video Games

Few weapons in video games are as terrifying as the chainsaw. First finding popularity after the classic slasher flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this common logging tool has become a staple in the horror genre both in movies and games.

If you’re going to put the fear of God into someone, just rev up that engine and watch them scramble. On the flip side, few things can make you soil your pants than seeing a maniac whipping one around at you.

Considering how close we are to Halloween, this would be a perfect moment to look back at the best uses of this iconic symbol of “gorror”. This is the top 5 video game chainsaws!

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Top 5: Video Game Sidekicks

After my bitching and complaining about having a sidekick in Resident Evil 6, it seems like a good time as any to praise those who excel in this role. These are the often unsung heroes who make searching for treasure or saving the galaxy a lot less lonely. They may be a love interest, best friend, or programmed to be loyal, it doesn’t matter. These characters got your back.

In order to make this list, each character has to be:

  • in a video game
  • physically there with you (disembodied voices need not apply)
  • someone who can hold their own (no damsels in distress or escort mission fodder)

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Top 5: Internet Memes

When coming up with the idea for this list, I don’t think it really hit me until later on just what I was dealing with. Memes have become a large part of the Internet culture that can be used for simple humor or even clever advertising (Snakes on a Plane). We’re here to choose the ones that were memorable and made us laugh the most.

As always, please respect the choices made here and let us know your favorite memes in the comments below!

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