FWI: Delirious Bird Is The Best Flappy Bird Clone

By Nathan Grayson on February 21st, 2014 at 10:00 am.

I promised myself I wouldn’t write about any more Flappy-Bird-alikes, but damn it, Delirious Bird is actually really good. I know, I know: I make myself sick too. In penance, I will hurl myself at the nearest 12-foot-tall cartoon pipe just as soon as I’m able. I guess that makes this my final act, assuming real cartoon pipes are the silent monoliths of imperceptible violence videogames have taught me they are. But anyway: Delirious Bird is basically Flappy Bird, except exposed to near-fatal dosages of psychedelic rainbow radiation. The end result? Total madness. And a really cool gameplay mechanic.

The game is actually quite an apt metaphor for the increasing flappiness of human existence, if you think about it. See, the more and more you play, the more you lose your mind. Or at least, your tiny, impossibly-bad-at-being-a-bird avatar does. This causes the level to warp and churn and swirl until pipes start unfurling in your face like barbed whips, and doom is all but certain.

Like most birds, you must also contend with a rampant drug habit in the form of pills at nearly every pipe junction. If you collide with one, you immediately become frighteningly disoriented, with imagery and music spiraling out of control. One pill is more or less manageable (even soothingly rhythmic, in its own way), but two or more spells almost certain disaster.

So you have to bob between pills while also avoiding pipes. Oh, and pills move too, albeit only up and down. Darting between both pipes and pills, however, changes the typical Flappy Bird rhythm ever-so-slightly, and it’s all the more satisfying as a result. Little puck/soap bar/urinal cake objects take the edge off your intoxication, but they are few and far between. Because of that, it’s even more satisfying to stumble through a pill blitz and then reset the rhythm by flutter-crashing into a “health” item. There is, of course, tons of randomness involved, but that’s what keeps you coming back. Well, that and the music, which is strangely excellent (at least, for a single, vaguely unsettling looping track).

Delirious Bird is by no means a masterpiece or the Citizen Kane of Flapping or anything, but it kept me nervously mashing my up key for far longer than I’d like to admit. It’s free, it’s disarmingly mesmerizing, and you can give it a go here.

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  1. ran93r says:

    Dear lord I can’t play that for long, will be foaming at the mouth, Battling Seizure Robots style.

  2. ne0lith says:

    You call this the best? What about flappy penis? It’s really hard.

    • rustybroomhandle says:

      Possibly missed opportunity there to call it Fappy Penis.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Needs more soft-body physics.

      (Workplace safety depends on your workplace. It’s obviously comical, but perhaps not so great if customers can see you.)

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        particlese says:

        Oh, wow… That looks childishly entertaining enough as it is, but when I skipped to the last ~quarter, I couldn’t stop laughing with the combined visuals and music, and now my sides hurt. Thanks.

  3. chrisiju says:

    that’s too crazy :D

    lovin floppy bird instead, can play it longer then 1 minute ;)

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    Snidesworth says:

    Counterpoint: Maverick Bird

  5. AbigailBuccaneer says:

    Immediately reminded me of Headblaster in style, theme and franticness.

  6. Low Life says:

    Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy.

  7. jaguar skills says:

    How has everybody been comparing this to other things that aren’t Hotline Miami?

    It’s Flappy Birds meets Hotline Miami.

    Done.

  8. faelnor says:

    jesus just how high is that bird

  9. Moraven says:

    Too easy, needs the crappy hitbox.

  10. BooleanBob says:

    Nice, although I’m not sure it beats out the wunderbar marriage of theme and name that is FFFFFF.

  11. MelonieJMcKinney says:

    my buddy’s mom makes $74 hourly on the computer . She has been out of work for 9 months but last month her payment was $19442 just working on the computer for a few hours. view it now ,,,,,,,,,,http://www.Fizzjob.com

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      My dollar buddy makes 74 moms hourly on the computer. Work has been out of her for 9 months but last payment her month was $19442 just computering on the work for a few hours. now view it

      Writing that thing above was a silly way to waste time, but far more enjoyable than playing any kind of Flappy Bird-like.

  12. leonidas80 says:

    The most challenging I’ve tried so far is Flappy Bugs.-
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zs.flappybugs

  13. headless97 says:

    So Flappy Bird was a terrible clone of a terrible game that people are now making terrible clones of? Is it a deliberate attempt at irony or do I get to hate people more than I did a moment ago?

  14. dethtoll says:

    Yes. That music. Yes.

  15. Bizzo says:

    IMO the best clone so far is this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pastek.fileyofish
    It’s a little more challenging than the original flappy