I made this real-life, playable version of "Flappy Bird" using Arduino Duemilanove, 3 servo motors, 2 buttons, a speaker, a reed switch, and handful of rare earth magnets.

First, find a box to make the frame of the game and two small dowels to create the rolling background. Those dowels are controlled by a motor that turns on when I presses a blue start button. Then attach another motor to a popsicle stick that opens and closes the box at the beginning and end of every session.

The Flappy Bird itself contains a magnetic sensor called a reed switch, which is programmed to be in a continual downward motion until you tap the button (just like the smartphone version). When the magnetic sensor touches the magnet — which is taped behind the pipes — the game is over.

The Arduino sketch is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ch0s13n480l2sph/-WJIdfY_hD

There’s also the opportunity to expand upon the physical game idea, creating your own new games to include in the box through the use of templates. I created a race car game inspired from Frogger and Pole Position.


<p>Hi everyone, I just cleaned up the Arduino sketch and shared on dropbox, feel free to use it! :)</p>
<p>Hi everyone, I put together an illustrated instruction and a Plug and Play version of this project on Kickstarter, please check it out! </p><p><a href="http://kck.st/1jOmspc" rel="nofollow">http://kck.st/1jOmspc </a></p>
<p>Hello, the reed switch senses the magnets under the pipes, and then game over! :) No score keeping yet mechanism yet, maybe an LCD display?</p>
<p>You just reinvented a game I had in the early 80s,mine was a car going up a paper road.It kept me occupied thought,nice work.</p>
<p>really? what was it called? I'd love to see it, could you link me? </p>
<p>That thing has been long ago thrown away,given away,but it was like what you made except it was in a plastic case with a clear plastic screen,for the lack of a better term,and it had a small steering wheel at the bottom.You tried to stay on the road without taking a dead end. </p>
<p>Fantastic !</p><p>Keep it this way : it shows how much those video games rely first on imagination not on computers !!!&hellip;</p><p>I love everything in it, especially the closing flap that ends the game.</p><p>I'll try to lobby to make my vote count a hundred instead of one !!&hellip;</p><p>You must win&hellip; otherwise this world is totally unfair !&hellip;</p>
<p>Thank you! :D</p>
<p>any steps? I really want to learn!</p>
<p>just shared the code, steps are still work in progress, did not do a good job documenting the project for the prototyp! :(</p>
That is soo cool. I love their reaction when the box closes. Ha ha ha ha!<br>=D
<p>nice work!:D</p>
<p>that's is so cool, and that's a great idea of yours because no ads on flappy bird!</p>
<p>hey nice project</p>
<p>that is the awesomest thing ever</p>
<p>Keeping score could be done by pins at top pipes hitting a cog joined to a stripped hand clicker counter tally thing :) or a digi counter that counts on a connection hit :)</p>
what a cool project..!
<p>No instructions, but cool project anyways.</p>
How does it sense of you hit the pipe?
I guess that he put magnets on the pipes and a magnet sensor on the bird
Lol everyone's concerned about it not keeping score. Very impressive device. If others want to build this with score involved the easiest way would be a stop watch
i like dis
<p>Would to see step-by-step! Really want to build this!</p>
Also how does it keep track of score?
Would love to see step by step, would play a lot if I made it, how does it know if you hit a pipe?
Really cool but this is instructables you left out the instruct part
<p>+1</p><p>If you could write a step-by-step, it would be immensely popular, and a great entry for both the Game4Life and laser cutter contedts</p>
<p>I told it would be popular, this is in the Daily Mail!</p><p><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2564072/Flappy-Bird-returns-SHOEBOX-Hacker-creates-DIY-game-using-machine-parts.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-256...</a></p>
Wow.. what a beautiful coincidence that I played this game for first time online yesterday. Thanks and step-by-step would be awesome.
Great job! I am looking forward to the step by step!
I would love to see a step by step!
<p>This is a great project! A step-by-step instructable of it would be really interesting to read! </p>
<p>Ow wonderful! Can you please, please, please make a step-by-step Instructable for this project?</p><p>Y.</p>
<p>Tell us how.</p>
I've never played flappy bird but even so I had a huge smile on my face watching this video. Please write up how you built it, this is a great example of what the Arduino is capable of that doesn't just appeal to people who already love electronics.

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