The situation surrounding the mobile app Flappy Bird was an odd one but it did generate a lot of interest in the whole idea, with armies of Flappy-like games flooding mobile devices after the original was pulled temporarily. To me it was very much out of the blue – I hadn’t heard of the “craze” until a few days before it was pulled and people started selling phones wit the app on eBay for a huge premium.
Certainly the entire community of video gamers noticed, including developers in the arcade space and while these things take time, the concept is already headed to the redemption-cade thanks to Adrenaline Amusements.
Here is what Adrenaline has announced, a videmption game they are calling Flappy Tickets. I confirmed that this is NOT a Flappy Bird license
The advantages over the phone versions of these games are pretty obvious – huge 65″ screen, two player support and of course the ability for tickets. This uses a re-worked Monster Factory cabinet which was introduced last year. I heard that ICE is has a similar concept but with a fish theme that is out on test right now but I have little info on it other than it was being tested inside of the recent Frogger videmption cabinet. That would seem to indicate a 2 player game as well, which can easily be converted from Froggers to the one-button Flappy concept.
Given the whole Flappy Bird craze seemed to come out of nowhere earlier this year, arcade developers have been very quick to turn around and produce these ideas already as opposed to taking an 18-24 month turnaround. I’m sure we’ll see many more mobile games get the arcade treatment by the end of the year, at this point it just comes down to guessing which one will be next.
Stay tuned this week for more potential game news. There is an event in Chicago known as the AAMA Gala that often some new product is shown off but usually it is done with an air of confidentiality so it can be hit-or-miss on what we find out (last year Transformers was first shown at the event but we couldn’t get good pictures for a while)