Factsheet

Developer:
7bit Hero
Based in Brisbane, Australia

Release date:
23 Feb, 2014

Platforms:
Web Browser / Unity

Website:
7bithero.com/hey-you-a-flappy-bird-lament/

Regular Price:

ALLFREE

Description

Hey You! A Flappy Bird Lament is a music-video game by bitpop band 7bit Hero. It puts you in the shoes of Flappy Bird’s developer Dong Nguyen from the initial release of the game to his sleepless nights while witnessing threats, suspicions and hate, and eventually, to the deletion of his game.

The game is matched with 7bit Hero’s lamenting new single, ‘Hey you!’, which acts as a soundtrack for this documentary-like music-video game. Navigate Dong Nguyen through his apartment at night and watch as actual twitter comments bombard you. Do you get caught up in the trolls’ hate? Or do you make it to the end and delete Flappy Bird, returning to a simpler life?

History

Both song and game were made after-hours by Hans van Vliet from 7bit Hero in just under a week to meet the Flappy Jam deadline. Flappy Jam was launched as a show of support from game developers to Nguyen in the wake of the unsettling responses by some people to his game and its subsequent removal. The goal is to remind others that “indie gamedevs are friendly and supportive; envy and teasing should not belong to our community, nor be a cause of suffering.”

That is rad!

7bit Hero is hoping to encourage people to “simmer down before you say something you’ll regret. It’ll be OK.”

Features

  • Simple one button controls
  • Original soundtrack created by 7bit Hero
  • A simple but lush environment taken from the 7bit hero universe

Videos

A game play through and video clip YouTube

Awards & Recognition

    Hey you! A flappy bird tribute has not received any awards or recognitions yet. Please check back later to see if things change.

    Selected Articles

      • " Australian music-game studio 7Bit Hero has released its very own rather poignant contribution to Flappy Jam. "
        - Michelle Starr, cnet.com.au
      • " It's even rarer to see a developer build a game to evoke empathy for the situation of a fellow creator. "
        - Alex Wawro, gamasutra.com

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      About 7bit Hero

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      7bit Hero is a game developer and a bit-pop band that uses video games, audience interaction and visuals working together like you've never seen before. 7bit Hero turns your smartphone into a joystick - you control a character in the multi-player game that is projected behind the band. Your opponents are somewhere in the crowd around you, and the band is playing the soundtrack. This is sound and technology perfectly intertwined. It is simple, and it’s all for you!

      More information
      More information on 7bit Hero, our logo & relevant media are available here.

      Hey you! A flappy bird tribute Credits

      Hans van Vliet
      Coder, 3d modelling, animation and music

      presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks