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Piou Piou dev can't help but notice the resemblance between his game and Flappy Bird

You can't mistake those lips

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Product: Piou Piou against cactus | Developer: Zanorg | Genre: Arcade
For: Android
 
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While you've probably been enjoying playing Flappy Bird, it's caused the French developer of a game called Piou Piou all manner of pain.

"Kek" is the sole developer at Zanorg, responsible for the aforementioned Piou Piou game.

Rather appropriately given the subject matter, Kek has tweeted a picture in which a screen from his 2011 game Piou Piou is placed side-by-side with one from Flappy Bird. For comparison's sake, you know.

As you can see in the image below, Piou Piou is a game starring a small yellow bird with big lips (or beak). You have to tap the screen to make the bird fly upwards. If you don't touch the screen, the bird will fall.

As you can no doubt imagine, you have to make sure the bird dodges between the cacti that surface from the bottom and top of the screen.

Piou Piou Flappy Bird

"I contacted Dong Nguyen (creator of Flappy Bird) about the resemblance, and he told me he doesn't think he knew about my game when he made Flappy Bird," Kek told us.

"The games are very similar. And even if I did not invent the gameplay concept, the graphics are very close, and, of course, the concept."

The design of the bird and the gameplay in these two games are very similar. Perhaps there's even enough evidence to label Flappy Bird a clone.

Regardless, Kek tells us he won't be pursuing a legal case, as he's not sure whether he has a strong enough case.

Plus, he doesn't want to spend the time and money on that course of action when he could use that valuable time and money to make more games. That's the spirit!
 

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Chris Priestman 7 February 2014
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@SnoviLLC | 13:24 - 20 May 2014
So what? Papi Jump inspired Doodle Jump, Crush the Castle inspired Angry Birds, and so on and so on. There is nothing original under the sun.

Still, if you're looking to blow off a little steam and get a few shots in on Flappy, I know just the place...

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plucked/id849718346?mt=8
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@Silverstag88 | 20:23 - 8 February 2014
Link about how Piou Piou dev doesn't know what he's talking about
http://gandhirules.com/site/blog/gamedev/flappy-bird-isnt-a-copy-precisions/
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@Silverstag88 | 20:23 - 8 February 2014
This is similar to they guy who got upset "his" map was used in The Last of Us. Flappy Bird isn't a clone and is a lot better than that Piou Piou garbage. How about people stop getting so upset a successful game just because they aren't as successful
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Summer LaRose | 20:17 - 7 February 2014
Copying simple elements like this but then making your own game out of it is normal and happens all the time. They're different enough anyway.

"Angry Birds" was a copy of games that existed for browsers for years before it came along.

Flappy Bird got lucky with the timing of it's release too and some people seem to like how it reminds them of Mario games etc.
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Washington Cruz | 15:55 - 7 February 2014
we need a gameloft version, full of IAPs!
 
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