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28 May, 2014

Epic Games' Flappy Clone Tastes Like Chicken

Powerhouse game developer Epic Games recently created an indie channel for its trendsetting Unreal Engine 4 middleware, allowing studios to license the game making tool for a very affordable $19.95 a month, plus a 5% cut of the revenue. Known for driving blockbuster console titles like Gears of War and BioShock, Epic obviously believed it needed to prove the engine's worth to the little guys. So, it has released a clone of popular game Flappy Bird to showcase how the engine can be used  to create simple, effective and retro-inspired games. Tappy Chicken is nothing special, but demonstrates the practical use of their engine no matter how low the requirements.

Epic Games' message is specifically targeted to inexperienced or small-scale developers, showing them they should not be intimidated or afraid of using Unreal Engine 4 for their projects. Proving how large the engine can go is something fans of the Infinity Blade series will already be aware of: the console-like, swipe-heavy RPG trilogy is one of the App Store's best.

Tappy Chicken is free, and you can grab it here.

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