Flying Cyrus is, at this moment, the most popular free game in the iTunes app store.
It shouldn't be a surprise that a Flappy Bird (RIP) knockoff that lampoons America's favorite hateable pop star Miley Cyrus is reigning supreme on iTunes. Really, Flying Cyrus, by Talo Games, is the perfect combination of mindless smartphone gaming and celebrity gawking. Who wouldn't want to play a game that let's you navigate a tongue-wagging Miley through a maze of wrecking balls and sledge hammers? And with three other lame Flappy Bird copycats (Splashy Fish, up your game) in the top 10, of course Flying Cyrus is the most popular.
Though Yahoo!'s Jason Gilbert calls it the "dumbest" Flappy Bird ripoff, iPhone users seem to like it: the game current has a 3.5 star rating in the app store. What are people saying about the latest app craze? Glad you asked.
One user describes Flying Cyrus as a "work of art," writing, "I can not even try to think of a game more enjoyable and family friendly."
Another says "this game defines American and Narnian culture." User Brandon0810 praises the game's grounding in reality, saying, "I love that her tongue moves and her hair is real life like." See? Rave reviews.
But not everyone is on board. There are the usual complaints, like glitches and pop-up ads, and then there are the ones that are Flying Cyrus-specific. "Her head is too big ... [and] every time Miley flys [sic] up it should say twerk," writes Koala2827.
Other negative reviews get pretty deep. One user complains, "Miley's stupid tongue gets in the way of everything." What other app is going to inspire these sorts of reviews? Forget you're reading about an app, and these reviews are basically a critique of celebrity culture.
Hurry up and download Flying Cyrus, because we all know what happened when Flappy Bird blew up.
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