Bird game’s causing a flap at Chorley pub

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Twitcher landlord Ivan Lynas has welcomed a new winter visitor that has become a real star attraction at his Chorley town centre pub.

Ivan runs the Imperial where viral phenomenon Flappy Bird has made its nest.

Ivan’s passion for bird watching and the introduction of the Flappy Bird game is purely coincidental.

But the Imp is one of the only places where gamers addicted to Flappy Bird can continue to play - in coin-operated arcade form.

Ivan, 53, said; “It’s only just been put in.

“My friend Paul Jackson has made this game and it’s a hobby of his.

“He’s very passionate about it.”

The game was pulled from distribution by its by its Vietnamese creator Dong Nguyen earlier this month,

He said its fame ‘ruins my simple life’.

Since, however, mobile phones, on which the game is loaded, have been going on sale for thousands of pounds, as desperate gamers clamour for it.

Paul, 39, who drinks in the Imp, said: “I have made and installed a couple of arcade machines in the Imperial in the past and was currently working on a new one to put in when the Flappy Bird phenomenon hit.

“The idea was based on it being taken off the App store. I figured it would give people the opportunity to still play it and also compete at it like old school Pac Man and Donkey Kong.

“I made the cabinet using a old flat screen monitor and set it up using the Android operating system, re-wrote the game to add a score table and installed it in the Imp.

”I changed it to add coin op and a high score table but as I’d just made an app for App store and Google play called Bass Invaders, I figured this wouldn’t be too big a task.”

Flappy Bird, was launched in May last year.

Described as the game users ‘hate to love’, it was downloaded more than 50 million times.

Meanwhile Ivan’s enjoying his bird watching away from the bar.

“I spend a lot of time in the North Lancashire area at Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay,” he said.