I recently came across an interesting item on Fiverr: “I will create a Flappy Bird clone for you with your theme for $5”. Apparently, there is someone will to make flappy bird games on demand for a very low fee. How is that possible?
Game templates enable game clones
Digging in a bit further, it appears that many games these days are available as templates and anyone can make their version of it with $99 and a free afternoon according to a post by Wired Magazine. It appears that flappy bird is not alone. Here is a short list of templates I found in a quick Google search:
- Whack a mole
- Fruit Ninja
- Super Mario
- Bubble Shooter
- Doodle Jump
- Jetpack Joyride
Are there too many apps?
- People discover apps by searching in the app stores
- Specific results rank higher so making series of games gets more traffic: bear jumping game, koala jumping game, …
- Users often search with typos