We weren’t that long into 2014 when a mobile game called Flappy Bird took the world by storm. It was incredibly infuriating which is probably what made the game so popular in the first place. There was no shortage of controversy surrounding it, Flappy Bird was later pulled by its developer for being too “addictive,” only to be brought back after a few months with some tweaks. The game now makes its way to Android Wear, a platform that Google introduced in 2014, which powers smartwatches.
This is not the work of Dong Nguyen, the guy who actually developed Flappy Bird, instead the game has come to Android Wear thanks to another developer called Corbin Davenport. It’s he who created a modified version of the Android .apk which can be sideloaded on an Android Wear smartwatch.
Sideloading Flappy Bird on an Android Wear smartwatch not only requires the modified .apk but also an Android Debugging Bridge. Davenport has made all of the instructions available online so getting this done is no big issue if you know your way around a computer.
There are no major issues with this port apart from the score that gets cut off the screen, and that’s to be expected, since smartwatches don’t really have the screen real estate of a smartphone.