PULASKI, WI -- Bay Tek Games has announced a licensing agreement with Vietnam's .GEARS Studios, publisher of the popular Flappy Bird mobile app, under which the Wisconsin manufacturer has developed a ticket redemption game. Bay Tek's arcade adaptation, equipped with a 42" LCD, is set to ship in September.
Like the mobile game, Bay Tek's Flappy Bird challenges the player to maneuver a bird at the center of the screen through gaps in a maze of pipes that scrolls leftward. The player controls the bird's altitude by tapping (or not tapping) a button on the control panel. Tapping causes the bird to flap its wings and ascend; not tapping causes it to descend. The game ends if the bird hits a pipe or the ground.
The score depends on the number of pipes that the bird avoids; players can compete to attain the day's high score or to surpass the highest all-time score.
The original Flappy Bird game was released for iOS and Android mobile devices in 2013, and by January of this year had become the most downloaded free game in Apple's App Store. Flappy Bird was removed from both the App Store and Google Play at the behest of its creator, Dong Nguyen, on Feb.10, 2014, due to guilt over what he considered to be its addictive nature. He has a new game, Swing Copters, now available at both app stores. It's said to be as addictive as Flappy Birds.
Bay Tek, established in 1977, produces a wide variety of amusements for street and site-based operations.