Flappy48 is a work of diabolical genius

As it turns out, combining two viral casual gaming sensations results in a masterpiece.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

As it turns out, combining two viral casual gaming sensations results in a masterpiece.

It's happened. Someone crossed the streams. Someone has finally put together two of 2014's hottest gaming crazes: Dong Nguyen's Flappy Bird and Gabriele Cirulli's remake of Sirvo's Threes!, 2048.

That someone is Dan Moran, AKA Broxxar on itch.io, a computer science major at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His game is Flappy48, "the ultimate flapping/exponential growth crossover you haven't been waiting for".

(Credit: Broxxar)

How do these two concepts work together, you may ask? Rather well, actually. Instead of a bird, you have a number to guide through the gaps in the pipes by hitting the spacebar or left-clicking with your mouse. In between, you collect more numbers; two adjacent numbers of the same value will merge, and your score is predicated on those merges.

Usually we'd be a little dubious, but this seems to be a rare case where combining one great thing with another great thing actually does produce something of exponential greatness.

Give Flappy48 a try for yourself on itch.io. You'll need to install the Unity player if you don't have it already. You can also download it for Android for free on Google Play and for iOS free from iTunes.

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