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After a hard day's work in the mines, our bird is CRANKY. Who could blame him? He's tired, hungry and has a hellish commute ahead of him...

Cranky Bird is a puzzle platforming game with controls inspired by Flappy Bird (hence the name). You control the cranky bird by cranking the crank (yeah...). Navigate him through perilous levels full of spikes, water hazards and crackling electricity.

Along this herculean journey you'll get to meet a small cast of friendly birds that help to motivate our cranky bird reach his loving family back home.


  • Flappy platforming action
  • 32 Levels
  • 5 animated environment sets
  • Crank gameplay
  • Fun dialogue-based story
  • Unique characters
  • Unlockable "secret" mode
  • Save & Continue
  • Platforming genre staples
    • Spikes
    • Water
    • Various pickups
    • Keys and Gates
    • Falling platforms
    • One-way platforms
    • Switches
    • Timed hazards
  • Full-resolution game card
  • Music and Sound FX

VR Mission Update

  • 10 Challenging VR Mission levels

Please note that you will need to have completed the Journey mode to unlock both the "secret" mode and the VR Missions.


  • Arrow Left and Right: Move
  • Crank: Fly
  • A Button: Optional Fly (If the crank is a usability issue or using the simulator)
  • B Button: Secret

Install guide

Why doesn't it...?

This is game is made in a tool called Pulp. It has certain limitations concerning:

  • Resolution
  • Animation
  • Advanced Playdate features like system menus etc.

So if the game doesn't do something other games can do, it's probably because of this and I can't change it. Sorry. The game is fun regardless.

Why does it cost money?

Bird feed prices are through the roof, you know!

But is it even fun?


Created by

Jerry Verhoeven @JerryVerhoeven

Daring Caper
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(8 total ratings)
AuthorJerry Verhoeven
GenreAdventure, Platformer, Puzzle
Made withPlaydate
Tagsbird, Flappy Bird, Funny, Playdate, Puzzle-Platformer
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
AccessibilitySubtitles, High-contrast


Buy Now$2.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

cranky_bird_1.2.4.zip 610 kB

Development log


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Nice game, good for a quick pick-up and play session on my commute. Just wanted to leave a positive review. I didn't quite understand what the gameplay was about -- you hover/move around a single screen to collect items before moving on. This is one of my more frequently played games for the playdate.


Fun little game , i rage quit at 29 but was happy to see a continue option.
im not sure what make u take off once you hit the ground, seem to get stuck there sometimes. i wasnt using the crank up till now bit it seems to make hovering easyer which is good to know

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You'll get it next session! 

Were you playing with the crank docked? There is some buffer time between using the crank and the A button but it's an issue for people that didn't dock the crank. I will address this issue in the next update.

If that wasn't the issue, could you describe it in more detail for me?

Hovering is indeed easier with the crank, it just takes some practice!


ah ye i think i had the crank out, not docked


Ok, thanks for getting back to me on that.

If you encounter any bugs, issues - or have any questions. Or if you have nice things to say, just leave 'em down here and I'll get back to you. Thanks.

Lol I just started. After you talk to the first, on the next level screen, I can't go right even though the arrow indicates I should go right.

Hi, did you touch the actual arrow? That's how you get to the next screen, sorry for the confusion.