Amazon announces Flappy Birds Family exclusivity for Fire TV, as well as Disney, WWE and MLB TV apps

Flappy Birds Family

Last week we found that a version of Flappy Bird by Dot Gears had been uploaded to Amazon’s Appstore. It went by the name of “Flappy Birds Family,” though it was only available for download if you own an Amazon Fire TV. Now we know why — the game has made its exclusive debut for the TV platform as announced by Amazon this morning. That means not even Amazon Kindle Fire tablet owners

Flappy Birds Family is a pretty faithful copy of the original mobile game that took the world by storm before its disappearance, except now you can play from the comfort of your couch using Amazon’s gaming controller or the included remote control. The game doesn’t feature any new features or gameplay elements over the original, so we imagine the whole “Family” thing is to reflect how easy it is to play with your family instead of having to huddle around a smartphone or tablet (not that Flappy Bird is our first choice for family fun, but we’ll go with it).

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Amazon also announced a few new apps that should please a wide crowd of folks. Watch Disney and Watch Disney Jr are both on board, as well as the WWE Network, MLB.TV and Animal Planet Live. On the way by the end of this year are the following:

  • WATCH ABC
  • WATCH ABC Family
  • NFL Now
  • A&E
  • Lifetime
  • Outside TV
  • Young Hollywood
  • North Face TV
  • Fashion TV
  • Green TV
  • Dailymotion

Sounds like you won’t have any problem finding something you like if you opt into the Fire TV bandwagon. Let us know if you’re looking forward to one of these as a Fire TV owner (and if you’ll be picking one up if you don’t have one already).

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  • Colts5609

    There are a few things in this world that I wish would just die, and go away forever. Flappy Birds is one of them.

    • Brad

      I’d rather live with Flappy Bird than Amazon’s closed ecosystem..

      • Chahk Noir

        Are you totally OK with Google’s half-closed ecosystem then?

        • nostalgicgamerz

          ….for those who don’t root, and are limited to just the Play Store that is ;)

        • Brad

          Mostly, yeah. I’ve been able to successfully install the play store on multiple devices that didn’t ship with it, so I feel that, for the most part, it’s a flexible enough ecosystem. Also, Google doesn’t make it hard to install other ecosystems within it (like the Amazon appstore or SlideME Market), unlike Amazon’s devices.

  • nostalgicgamerz

    Maybe it’s just me but, Why does this site seem “pro-amazon” since the Fire has TV debuted?

    • BoSamps

      Their review of the Amazon phone was pretty critical, I wouldn’t say that they have any bias towards Amazon.

      • nostalgicgamerz

        eh, that I definitely know you’re right about that, guess I still have a sour taste from the Roku vs Apple TV vs Chromecast (which isn’t even a top box at all) vs Fire TV comparison article and how they made the Fire TV seem superior to all of them with a referral link at the bottom (in the HTML link) to buy it. It felt like a sales pitch. Since then my faith in Phandroid has slightly diminished.

        • guitarist5122

          I have both Fire tv and chromecast. I must say the fire tv is pretty legit. Far more useful than chromecast was at the same stage of infancy. If it wasn’t for the allcast app, both would still be lacking though.

  • inknzvl

    Could this be the reason .gears pulled the game from iOS/android app stores? To sell the exclusivity to amazon tv.

  • Lennatron

    Flappy Bird Family? Amazon can keep it.

  • Dwight

    Tell me when sprint gets flappy bird framily.