“Flying Cyrus – Wrecking Ball,” an app that’s a clone of “Flappy Bird” that uses Miley Cyrus’s head instead of a clumsy bird, has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times via the App Store.
The game shows Cyrus’s flying head and tongue, and it features essentially the same gameplay as “Flappy Bird,” meaning navigate her head between obstacles by tapping one’s device. The background appears to be taken from her “Wrecking Ball” video released last year.
The game was the most downloaded app on the App Store this week, getting more than 3 million downloads.
“This app is a great take on Flappy Bird. Although, there are ALOT of glitches. The screen freezes, and turns a little white. If you are going to have advertisements on this app, I would like to request that they would at least pop up at the bottom of the page in a banner,” one three-star reviewer said.
Another reviewer wrote: “This is easily the best flappy bird remake I’ve seen so far. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw it, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh everytime I played. The only thing that could make it better is if Miley’s song (Wrecking Ball) played when you died.”
However, on Google Play, the game hasn’t been as successful, as it’s only been downloaded about 5,000 times.
The original “Flappy Bird” was deleted two weeks ago by creator Dong Nguyen after he said the game was too addictive. He reportedly was making an average of $50,000 per game from the game’s ads.
Nguyen also said managing the game was too stressful and disrupted his “simple life.”
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” he tweeted on Feb. 8. “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore,” Dong added.