Flappy Bird returns, but you have to make it yourself

SEATTLE -- Flappy Bird addicts are rejoicing news that the popular game is back -- sort of.

The difference with the new version is that you have to make it yourself. The good news is even a first grader can do it.

The popular smartphone game was downloaded more than 50 million times until its developer pulled the game off iTunes and Google Play because he "couldn't handle it" anymore., a Seattle-based non profit the promotes computer science education, created a tutorial that lets anyone without any real computer programming experience create a version of their own "Flappy Bird"

"A game like Flappy Bird only has only about seven or eight steps of code and then we have a whole game," said Roxanne Emadi, Grassroots Strategist for

There have been plenty of copycat games like Floppy Birds, Flappy Wings, Flappy Whale and Flappy Pants to fill the void. But's do-it-yourself Flappy Bird lets the user change all sorts of parameters, such as characters, sound effects, backgrounds and difficulty level.

"We were having a company happy hour, we all did a Flappy Bird contest," Emadi said. "We thought we might as well make a tutorial about it and teach people how they can create Flappy Bird rather than just waste their time playing it."

I played with the tutorial and was able to create my own game of "Matty Bird" in ten minutes and share it with friends through Twitter and Facebook, has done something similar with Angry Birds. Their attempt is to encourage kids to explore computer science and convince school districts to adopt computer science curriculums. The group just celebrated its one year anniversary. It already offers courses for 700,000 students.