Here’s a one-two punch for gamers and rockers alike: The post-punk band Fall Out Boy has released a new game for Windows Phone called “Fall Out Bird” that gives a wink and a nod to the creator of the gaming sensation “Flappy Bird”.
The free game was produced by the development team Mass Threat, which works closely with many superstar artists. In addition to Fall Out Bird, Mass Threat also developed the game 50 Ways to Survive, which was done on behalf of the band Train (and that game is coming soon to Windows Phone).
According to David Nelson, lead game designer and developer at Mass Threat, the guys in Fall Out Boy, “were big fans of Flappy Bird and were also pretty intrigued by all of the unusual circumstances surrounding that game and its creator. So, when the game went down, they thought it’d be amazing to put their own twist on it and pay tribute.”
The team at Mass Threat – led by a father-son duo – found out about the idea to create the game a little more than a week ago, and had finished initial development for other mobile platforms about 24 hours later. “It was definitely a mad dash,” said David, including quick in-house game testing. At the time, they knew right away that they were going to make the game available for Windows Phone, too.
Of course, the members of Fall Out Boy were involved in the creation of the game, as well. “They are absolutely the driving creative force on these titles,” said David. “Nobody knows their fans like them, and it is only with their input that we’re able to create a fun, well-received title.”
If you have played Flappy Bird – or any of its many endless-flyer derivatives – you will know that the game is intentionally – some would argue ridiculously – hard for even your best mobile gamer. Is Fall Out Bird just as difficult? David said: “It’s definitely tough, but not quite as tough as Flappy Bird. We wanted to make sure it was challenging but also fun.”
Interestingly, Fall Out Bird is not the first game for Fall Out Boy. Mass Threat also created a Flash-based web game for the band called “Fall Out Boy Trail,” and ode to the classic Oregon Trail.
And, in case you were wondering, the team at Mass Threat is working on other mobile games and apps for artists represented by Crush Music, although David wasn’t able to give away any hints just yet about what may be coming next!
Win a signed copy of Fall Out Boy’s latest CD
Speaking of giveaways … To celebrate the release of the game “Fall Out Bird” we have been given an autographed copy of Fall Out Boy’s latest CD “Save Rock and Roll” signed by the band that we can give away to one lucky Nokia Conversations reader. Do you want to win it? Here’s what you do:
- Download a copy of the game to your Windows Phone.
- Get a screenshot of your high score while playing Fall Out Bird.
- Post the screenshot of your high score in the Comments below.
The person with the highest score will win the signed CD. You have until the end of this week to submit your results. In the event of a tie, we will do a random drawing among those entries to determine the winner. Good luck gamers and Fall Out Boy fans alike!