In March, Epic Games announced it would let anyone use its new Unreal Engine 4 tools to make games for the price of $19 a month, plus a small percentage of the game's revenues. Today, the company released its first Unreal Engine 4 game, but instead of a high end title like the Unreal series, Epic decided to offer a small mobile and web browser game to show it can handle smaller scale titles.
The game, released for iOS and Android devices, is called Tappy Chicken and yes, it is a Flappy Bird clone, However, this game, which is also available as a HTML5 browser title, was created by one person, Epic Game artist Shane Caudle, in about a week with Caudle having no previous experience in programming.
The secret is Blueprints, which allows anyone to make and/or modify an Unreal Engine 4 game with no coding needed. The Android version of Tappy Chicken also supports Google Play leaderboards and achievements, while the iOS version uses the same features under Game Center. The download is less than 30 MB for both mobile versions so the game can be grabbed via cell networks instead of using Wi-Fi.
All of the content and code in Tappy Chicken is available to check out and modify with an Unreal Engine 4 subscription and Epic plans to update the game with each major release of the engine, adding in new features as well as bug fixes.
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