originals\ Feb 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Tips to be good (and not suck) at Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird

"I hate Flappy Bird!" "Flappy Bird is the devil!!" "I'm going to smash my phone soon because of Flappy Bird!!!" If this sounds like you, and I imagine it does, as most of the people in my office have said something similar, I might have a few tips and tricks to help you get better.

Since I currently hold a High Score of 93 (pictured below) I feel like I'm qualified to give tips on Flappy Bird, even though, when it comes down to it, it's all mostly about skill and rhythm.

Flappy Bird

1. Get yourself comfortable and calm down

Flappy Bird is all about stressing you out. If you're stressed, forget about ever beating your High Score. I've tried playing Flappy Bird in numerous places, standing up, laying down, and sitting, and honestly, pick whatever is the most comfortable for you, but for me it's sitting.

2. Keep the volume up

Again this comes down to preference, and I've seen users complain about the annoying coin sound each time you pass through the pipes, but here is the reason why I think having the sound up is recommended. The sound of the coin actually helps keep a rhythm of sorts. Even though the pipes are at different levels and will require you to tap differently to compensate for altitude, knowing exactly when you've passed through the pipe thanks to the sound cue can be very helpful.

3. Let yourself drop below the pipe, always

This is easily both the most important and hardest trick you can master. Flappy's upward flap doesn't have that much power, but if you overtap it, you'll hit the top pipe 9 times out of 10. That's why it's important to start the first flap through each pipe below it, like it's pictured below.

Flappy Bird

As you can see in this picture, you need to keep Flappy below the pipe entrance, and flap right before you hit it, that will give you wiggle room in case you double flap through it and not hit the top pipe. If you try to balance your flapping and fly straight through the pipe, you'll mostly likely overcompensate your flaps and hit the top pipe. It's a tough tactic, but it's been one of the main reasons why I've been able to get to such a high score. And as you can see, flapping once before the pipe and then again right in the middle will get you through completely, only requiring two flaps.

But even harder than mastering the flap before the pipe, is the drop right after passing through. Since I recommend always flapping directly below the lower pipe, a lot of the times you'll need to let Flappy nose dive after you pass through. This can be scary a lot of the times, since his nosedive is super quick. It will require some precision timing to flap again right below a pipe, but once you master this technique, you'll see your scores going from 5 to 35 and up!

Hope these tips are somewhat helpful in your arduous journey to raise your final score. YOU CAN DO IT!

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