The compelling thing about Flappy Bird, unlike other games, is the need for perfection. While most games give you multiple lives, bonus, chances, and power-ups, this game sticks to the basics. In doing so, you need to be very skilled just to get a modest score. Think about it:
To get a Score of _____, you need to be _____ accurate.
What patterns do you notice? I find it remarkable that it requires such a high percentage (at least 90%) just break into double digits. Conversely, after you pass it certain point, it takes so much effort even to raise your accuracy ranking by even a tenth of a percent. A player with a High Score of 100 is only one percent better than someone with a High Score of 50. A player sitting at 500 is not even a full percentage point better than a friend at 100. The game requires a lot just to get started...and then demands perfection from then on.
I think there are two lessons from this game. The first is a bit pessimistic: Some things just aren't worth it. While we all want to be perfect, sometimes it's ok to settle at 95% or 99% or even 90%. While it might be nice to walk around and say you're 99.99% accurate, is it really worth an additional 950 flaps just to add those final points? It's important to be able to separate the important jobs from the meaningless fluff that can trap us.
On the other hand, this game is great lesson in how just a small improvement in your effort and skill can yield incredible results. To raise your score from 100 to 1000, you don't need to get ten times better...you only need to get 1% better. The next time you're presented with a challenge, remind yourself it may not be as daunting as you think. You may only need to improve your skills by a small percentage to quintuple your results.
Just something to think about. Enjoy the weekend and keep on flapping. I'm currently content with my high score of 85 (98.83%) but perhaps I'll see if I can improve...just a bit.