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Flappy Bird spinoff features Rob Ford

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Flappy Bird spin-off Flappy Ford features Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (Flappy Ford/Screengrab)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is the latest to get the Flappy Bird treatment.

A web browser spinoff of the wildly popular but now-defunct smartphone game stars the controversial politician.

Much like its inspiration, Flappy Ford requires players to steer Ford's head through Mario-esque (albeit blue) pipes by clicking the mouse. In the background is an image of the Toronto skyline.

A Ford quote plays when a player dies in the game: "Subways, subways, subways," "obviously I was extremely, extremely inebriated" and "probably in one of my drunken stupors" to name a few.

So far, there is no word on who developed the spinoff.

In an email to Canoe.ca, the domain holder said: "For now, we'd like to keep the focus on the game itself and getting people to play and have fun."

According to its Twitter account, the parody game debuted Wednesday. As of Friday morning, 60,000 people had played the game, Flappy Ford said on Twitter.

Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Flappy Bird creator yanked the smartphone game from the App Store and Google Play.

"I can call Flappy Bird a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it," creator Nguyen Ha Dong wrote on Twitter on Feb. 8, later tweeting that he would remove the game. 

"I cannot take this anymore," he wrote.

Flappy Ford is not the only clone to rise in recent weeks. Several spinoffs have been born out of the addictive smartphone game, including Flappy Bert, a web browser form of the game featuring the Sesame Street character, Fall Out Bird, released by the American band Fall Out Boy, and Flappy Doge, a web browser version inspired by the internet meme.

Since its removal, fake Flappy Bird apps have also popped up in other Android marketplaces, according to a Mashable report. The report says, on the surface, the app looks exactly like the original; however, it is infected with malware. The infected apps try to take over a device's text messaging to send messages to premium numbers that will accumulate charges, Mashable reports.

Were you a fan of Flappy Bird? What do you think of the Ford version? 

Tags: Clone, Flappy Bird, Mayor Rob Ford, Parody, Rob Ford, Spinoff, Toronto

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