Developer Recreates Flappy Bird as Interactive macOS Notification

The ultra-popular game Flappy Bird, removed from the App Store in 2014, may be making a comeback in the form of an interactive macOS notification.

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Utilizing the new UserNotificationsUI framework added in macOS Big Sur, designer and developer Neil Sardesai has been able to put a clone of the game created by PlayCanvas creator Will Eastcott into a notification. Showcased on Twitter, Sardesai has utilized interactive elements inside of notification to recreate the game, with mouse clicks representing taps.

For those unfamiliar with Flappy Bird, the game consists of guiding a bird through as many pipes as possible without hitting them. The bird, named Farby, moves up with every tap, and users must ensure that Farby doesn't hit any obstacles along the way, or else the game ends.

The app grew immensely popular in 2014, even at one point generating $50,000/day thanks to in-app ads. Despite its removal from the App Store, a number of games to this day continue to be made and played with inspiration from Flappy Bird. You can learn more about Sardesai's interactive notification version of Flappy Bird on Twitter.

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Top Rated Comments

tranceking26 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Doom will be next ?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
surf2snow1 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Might be a good idea for one of those brain game companies. Send a puzzle notification every 30 min to distract your brain and get you thinking about something different.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
levitynyc Avatar
4 weeks ago
I still maintain that Flappy Bird got shut down because Nintendo threatened to sue the life out of the developer and not because of any moral quandary he faced.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bustycat Avatar
4 weeks ago
Apple: Thanks we will fix it soon.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
reyesmac Avatar
4 weeks ago
I hope this doesn’t mean that we will one day get apps with ads as pop up notifications. I would hate the macOS to be filled with as many ads as the iOS is.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
velocityg4 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Finally, a reason to turn on notifications.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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