Rovio announces upcoming game ‘Retry’, clearly inspired by Flappy Bird

by: Andrew GrushMay 7, 2014

After quickly becoming a massive success, Flappy Bird’s light began to fade after the app’s creator pulled it down from Google Play. That didn’t stop enterprising developers from attempting to cash in on the hype with their own clones, however, which eventually led Google to crack down on games that featured “Flappy” at the beginning of their titles.

Now that the dust has settled completely, the Flappy Bird craze is over and most of us are moving on, except maybe Rovio. It seems that the Angry Birds maker wants to take the impossible-to-beat-mechanics that made Flappy Bird so popular and spin them into something new.

While Retry is far from an exact clone, the game’s mechanics are clearly inspired by Flappy Bird, with some noticeable twists. The game has you controlling an airplane and has retro-styled 8-bit graphics and sound. The plane can do loops and move backwards, but if it touches anything — game over and you have to “retry”.

Retry was actually developed by Rovio’s new LVL11 team, which are tasked with creating experimental (Read: non-Angry Birds) type games. Like many of Rovio’s recent releases, Retry is free-to-play though there are in-app purchases for buying more airports and so forth.

As for when the game will be released? At the moment, it is soft-launching to iOS in only a few select markets (Canada, Finland, Poland), though a wider release for Android and iOS is expected to occur sometime in the not-too-distant future. It remains unseen whether Rovio can recreate the frustration magic that made Flappy Birds so successful, but at least this is more than just a straight-up clone.

  • MasterMuffin

    If this had been available before Flappy Bird, it could have been a hit. Now I don’t believe in it, but good that Rovio is doing something else than AB!

  • John Garlits

    Only problem is it’s made by Rovio and will be loaded with ads and IAPs even for the paid version. Only slight problem.

  • KillEmAllx

    It could be a hit. It’s just sad that big game devs have no imagination left, they make money out of others ideas. Smh

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      Really what’s important here is that kids will be entertained and hopefully off of drugs.

      • KillEmAllx

        Well that escalated quickly, haha

  • Daniel DS

    Graphics stolen from, way to go, Rovio. :/

  • Shubham Singh

    saying it is inspired by the flappy bird wouldn’t be fair as flappy bird was inspired by the ” helicopter game”, but flappy’s success has ispired them to make this game.

  • n11

    They forgot to show all the In-App Purchases that are available!

  • Stranger from a Far Coast

    Angry Flappy Planes.

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  • Finguy

    I`ve played it here in Finland it`s an ok game but nothing special. You move from left to right trying to avoid walls and trying to collect coins on the map which you can use to pay checkpoints that are these little airports along the way. If you die you start from the checkpoint you last paid. Levels still change the same way as angry birds.