When you think of the Gears of War series does that also bring to mind the sleeper hit mobile game Flappy Bird? No? I doubt it does for most people but a recent development over at Epic might change that.
Epic is the name behind two of the most visceral and over-the-top gaming series that have ever hit shelves; Unreal Tournament, and Gears of War. Now they’ve added a new title to their repertoire, Tappy Chicken. To give an example of just how easy the Unreal engine 4 is to use, a single Epic employee (with no programming skills) sat down and made a game. That game was Tappy Chicken.
As the developer put it; “Tappy Chicken is the perfect showcase for the ease of use and flexibility of Unreal Engine 4… While it may not flex the full graphical muscle of the engine, it shows how almost anyone can make a fun and pretty game fit for mobile devices and web browsers.”
If you would like to give Epic’s newest tour de force a try then you can nab it from theiOS App Store, or from the Google Play Store. It comes in at a cool zero dollars, so if you’re curious there’s no reason not to give it a go. For anyone who’s less interested in apps, there is also a browser based version in the works.
If this is to be believed, and the Unreal Engine 4 is really that straight-forward to use, then this spells out very good things. This news tacks on a few more years to the life span of indie titles and foretells the possibility of a rise when it comes to quality mobile games. If this means that more games like Infinity Blade can drop (hopefully on Android as well this time), then I’m all for one more Flappy Bird mucking up the app markets.
Myles K Farrington is a new writer on the MONG team and a rather dapper fellow. Keep up with him over at IGNas well!