As you have loved our previous blogs on car game, helicopter game and Pong Game. So, we bring this new blog of Flappy bird with python using Pygame Library. A Vietnamese programmer originally released this game in 2013 by dotGears. By the start of year 2014, it became the most downloaded free game in the App store. However, on 10th February 2014 it was removed from both the App Store and Google Play by the creator. The reason claimed by the creator was that the game became very addictive to its users.

Flappy bird with python image

To help you relive this experience, we are presenting you with this code of Flappy bird with python using Pygame library.  

We are using python 3 gaming and core python as back-end programming to create this game.

Flappy bird with python Project overview:

Usage of basic python concepts:

1. Firstly, Loops,

2. Secondly, Functions,

3. Lastly, Conditional statements

Here we will not be using any official frameworks we are using core python. We will be using loops specifically I have used while loops use can also use other loops and for loops for multiple level. And this will use conditional statements. Also, we have use if else and else if statements We will be using built in functions as well as user defined functions.

Python Libraries to be installed:

1: Pygame (pip3 install pygame)

 2: Install Python 3.x (recommended) 2.x  

 3: Install pipenv

The pygame library is an open-source module for the Python programming language specifically designed to help you make games and other multimedia applications. Built on top of the highly portable SDL (Simple Direct Media Layer) development library, pygame can be used across many platforms and operating systems. You can focus on the logic and graphics of your games without having to think about the backend complexities required for working with video and audio.

By far we came to know on why we are going for pygame now coming to how to use it so first we will set up our environment and then we will code a sample game. To know more about library on games we have a separate blog on python pygame library you can visit.

Stretch goals:

  1. Firstly, Multiple levels

2. Secondly, Timed condition

3. Thirdly, Multiple lives

4. Lastly, Multiplayer support

Python Flappy Bird Game Transcript :

import random # For generating random numbers
import sys # We will use sys.exit to exit the program
import pygame
from pygame.locals import * # Basic pygame imports

# Global Variables for the game
FPS = 32
SCREEN = pygame.display.set_mode((SCREENWIDTH, SCREENHEIGHT))
PLAYER = 'gallery/sprites/bird.png'
BACKGROUND = 'gallery/sprites/background.png'
PIPE = 'gallery/sprites/pipe.png'

def welcomeScreen():
    Shows welcome images on the screen

    playerx = int(SCREENWIDTH/5)
    playery = int((SCREENHEIGHT - GAME_SPRITES['player'].get_height())/2)
    messagex = int((SCREENWIDTH - GAME_SPRITES['message'].get_width())/2)
    messagey = int(SCREENHEIGHT*0.13)
    basex = 0
    while True:
        for event in pygame.event.get():
            # if user clicks on cross button, close the game
            if event.type == QUIT or (event.type==KEYDOWN and event.key == K_ESCAPE):

            # If the user presses space or up key, start the game for them
            elif event.type==KEYDOWN and (event.key==K_SPACE or event.key == K_UP):
                SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['background'], (0, 0))    
                SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['player'], (playerx, playery))    
                SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['message'], (messagex,messagey ))    
                SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['base'], (basex, GROUNDY))    

def mainGame():
    score = 0
    playerx = int(SCREENWIDTH/5)
    playery = int(SCREENWIDTH/2)
    basex = 0

    # Create 2 pipes for blitting on the screen
    newPipe1 = getRandomPipe()
    newPipe2 = getRandomPipe()

    # my List of upper pipes
    upperPipes = [
        {'x': SCREENWIDTH+200, 'y':newPipe1[0]['y']},
        {'x': SCREENWIDTH+200+(SCREENWIDTH/2), 'y':newPipe2[0]['y']},
    # my List of lower pipes
    lowerPipes = [
        {'x': SCREENWIDTH+200, 'y':newPipe1[1]['y']},
        {'x': SCREENWIDTH+200+(SCREENWIDTH/2), 'y':newPipe2[1]['y']},

    pipeVelX = -4

    playerVelY = -9
    playerMaxVelY = 10
    playerMinVelY = -8
    playerAccY = 1

    playerFlapAccv = -8 # velocity while flapping
    playerFlapped = False # It is true only when the bird is flapping

    while True:
        for event in pygame.event.get():
            if event.type == QUIT or (event.type == KEYDOWN and event.key == K_ESCAPE):
            if event.type == KEYDOWN and (event.key == K_SPACE or event.key == K_UP):
                if playery > 0:
                    playerVelY = playerFlapAccv
                    playerFlapped = True

        crashTest = isCollide(playerx, playery, upperPipes, lowerPipes) # This function will return true if the player is crashed
        if crashTest:

        #check for score
        playerMidPos = playerx + GAME_SPRITES['player'].get_width()/2
        for pipe in upperPipes:
            pipeMidPos = pipe['x'] + GAME_SPRITES['pipe'][0].get_width()/2
            if pipeMidPos<= playerMidPos < pipeMidPos +4:
                score +=1
                print(f"Your score is {score}") 

        if playerVelY <playerMaxVelY and not playerFlapped:
            playerVelY += playerAccY

        if playerFlapped:
            playerFlapped = False            
        playerHeight = GAME_SPRITES['player'].get_height()
        playery = playery + min(playerVelY, GROUNDY - playery - playerHeight)

        # move pipes to the left
        for upperPipe , lowerPipe in zip(upperPipes, lowerPipes):
            upperPipe['x'] += pipeVelX
            lowerPipe['x'] += pipeVelX

        # Add a new pipe when the first is about to cross the leftmost part of the screen
        if 0<upperPipes[0]['x']<5:
            newpipe = getRandomPipe()

        # if the pipe is out of the screen, remove it
        if upperPipes[0]['x'] < -GAME_SPRITES['pipe'][0].get_width():
        # Lets blit our sprites now
        SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['background'], (0, 0))
        for upperPipe, lowerPipe in zip(upperPipes, lowerPipes):
            SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['pipe'][0], (upperPipe['x'], upperPipe['y']))
            SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['pipe'][1], (lowerPipe['x'], lowerPipe['y']))

        SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['base'], (basex, GROUNDY))
        SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['player'], (playerx, playery))
        myDigits = [int(x) for x in list(str(score))]
        width = 0
        for digit in myDigits:
            width += GAME_SPRITES['numbers'][digit].get_width()
        Xoffset = (SCREENWIDTH - width)/2

        for digit in myDigits:
            SCREEN.blit(GAME_SPRITES['numbers'][digit], (Xoffset, SCREENHEIGHT*0.12))
            Xoffset += GAME_SPRITES['numbers'][digit].get_width()

def isCollide(playerx, playery, upperPipes, lowerPipes):
    if playery> GROUNDY - 25  or playery<0:
        return True
    for pipe in upperPipes:
        pipeHeight = GAME_SPRITES['pipe'][0].get_height()
        if(playery < pipeHeight + pipe['y'] and abs(playerx - pipe['x']) < GAME_SPRITES['pipe'][0].get_width()):
            return True

    for pipe in lowerPipes:
        if (playery + GAME_SPRITES['player'].get_height() > pipe['y']) and abs(playerx - pipe['x']) < GAME_SPRITES['pipe'][0].get_width():
            return True

    return False

def getRandomPipe():
    Generate positions of two pipes(one bottom straight and one top rotated ) for blitting on the screen
    pipeHeight = GAME_SPRITES['pipe'][0].get_height()
    offset = SCREENHEIGHT/3
    y2 = offset + random.randrange(0, int(SCREENHEIGHT - GAME_SPRITES['base'].get_height()  - 1.2 *offset))
    pipeX = SCREENWIDTH + 10
    y1 = pipeHeight - y2 + offset
    pipe = [
        {'x': pipeX, 'y': -y1}, #upper Pipe
        {'x': pipeX, 'y': y2} #lower Pipe
    return pipe

if __name__ == "__main__":
    # This will be the main point from where our game will start
    pygame.init() # Initialize all pygame's modules
    FPSCLOCK = pygame.time.Clock()
    pygame.display.set_caption('Flappy Bird by CodeWithHarry')
    GAME_SPRITES['numbers'] = ( 

    GAME_SPRITES['message'] =pygame.image.load('gallery/sprites/message.png').convert_alpha()
    GAME_SPRITES['base'] =pygame.image.load('gallery/sprites/base.png').convert_alpha()
    GAME_SPRITES['pipe'] =(pygame.transform.rotate(pygame.image.load( PIPE).convert_alpha(), 180), 

    # Game sounds
    GAME_SOUNDS['die'] = pygame.mixer.Sound('gallery/audio/die.wav')
    GAME_SOUNDS['hit'] = pygame.mixer.Sound('gallery/audio/hit.wav')
    GAME_SOUNDS['point'] = pygame.mixer.Sound('gallery/audio/point.wav')
    GAME_SOUNDS['swoosh'] = pygame.mixer.Sound('gallery/audio/swoosh.wav')
    GAME_SOUNDS['wing'] = pygame.mixer.Sound('gallery/audio/wing.wav')

    GAME_SPRITES['background'] = pygame.image.load(BACKGROUND).convert()
    GAME_SPRITES['player'] = pygame.image.load(PLAYER).convert_alpha()

    while True:
        welcomeScreen() # Shows welcome screen to the user until he presses a button
        mainGame() # This is the main game function