Finally a legitimate phone game? How Flappy Fighter avoids the problems traditional fighting titles on mobile continually fall into

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 17, 2019 at 3:35 p.m. PDT

The fighting game genre is one of the absolute most particular when it comes to the line of legitimacy, and that makes sense when you take into account the fact that we care about timing down to the frame and will squabble tooth and nail over character balance opinions if the least bit provoked.

The restrictions that come with transitioning to mobile gaming are obviously not conducive to hitting the high standards of the FGC, and that's evidenced clearly by most any and all past attempts at putting fighting games on phones... until earlier this month when one particular title broke the mold.

The all new Flappy Fighter is a somewhat silly and lighthearted homage to Street Fighter, but it turns out this iOS title actually checks a lot of the right boxes for the FGC.

Stumblebee has produced a video that first takes a brief look back at why virtually all of the mobile fighters we've seen thus far just don't really approximate anything near what we'd deem a legit fighting game. From there it takes a deep dive into Flappy Fighter, singing many praises in the process.

The fact that FF doesn't resort to the oh so common practices of loot box and pay to win economies is a great start, but the real victory is in Flappy's controls. Neither a rapid tap fest nor a clunky virtual joystick experience, Flappy Fighter seems to have found a way to turn a phone screen into a viable controller.

Give Stumblebee's video a quick watch and, if you own an iPhone, check out Flappy Fighter and let us know what you think.

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