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Pub patron creates arcade version of shut-down game Flappy Bird

Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM   |   Comments

CHORLEY, England, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A British bar says it is the only place in the world where people can play the viral game "Flappy Bird," which was recently shut down by its creator.

The Imperial pub in Chorley, England, has installed an arcade game version of the popular iPhone app game, the Mirror reported.

Paul Jackson, a regular at the bar who created the game free-of-charge, said he made some adjustments, including adding a leader board so players can try to beat others' high scores.

"I was talking to a few friends in the pub after Flappy Bird was pulled. We all played it and I got thinking about creating it as an arcade game for the pub," Jackson told the Mirror. "I tinker a bit with arcade cabinets, software programming and writing apps, so to recreate Flappy Bird like-for-like only took me about 3 or 4 hours and cost just 50 pounds [$83.19]. It is exactly the same -- apart from adding the high score board so that people can compete against each other."

Jackson, 39, said the game is free to play and that if Flappy Bird's creator, Dong Nguyen of Vietnam, were to complain he would remove it.

"Flappy Birds generated such hysteria and I saw people on Twitter asking Nguyen to write it for other platforms. He said 'just make it yourself' -- so that's what I've done," Jackson said. "The arcade machine has been very popular and has had a lot of people flocking to the pub to try it out. Unless anyone else has done the same thing -- this has to be the one of the only places left to play the game in the world."

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