Inexplicably Popular Flappy Bird Game Will Soon Cease to Exist

Wildly popular game's developer "cannot take this anymore," he says

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UPDATED: Feb.8, 3:52 p.m.

If you’re a Flappy Bird player, we have some bad news for you. Are you sitting down? You might want to sit down for this. The wildly popular and notoriously difficult free mobile game has been removed from the app store. Though for now, people who’ve already downloaded it can still play.

Flappy Bird’s Vietnamese creator, Dong Nguyen, announced Saturday on Twitter that he’d be taking the game—currently the most popular for both Android and Apple—down for good:

Dong didn’t add much further explanation, but he did clarify that the decision is not related to legal issues. “I just cannot keep it anymore,” he said.

(MORE: Popular Flappy Bird Game Mysteriously Deleted)

Millions—yes, literally millions—of Flappy Bird fans will be disappointed when the game goes dark, but don't feel too bad if you've never heard of it. The game has flown relatively under the radar compared to its zeitgeist-dominating counterparts like Candy Crush and Angry Birds.

The game is simple, infuriatingly difficult, and apparently, rather addictive. The user must guide a bird through sets of green pipes by tapping the screen, earning one point for each set of pipes cleared.

You should also know that since its release last May, the app has been downloaded 50 million times. It has also accrued nearly 50,000 reviews in the App Store. Oh, and Flappy Bird also pulls in an average of $50,000 per day from in-app advertising revenue, the Verge reports.

If the game sounds like fun to you, well, you’re too late. Oh, Flappy Bird, we hardly knew ye.

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This post was updated to include the removal of Flappy Bird from app stores

51 comments
JoeBennett
JoeBennett

I have no idea why he decided to make the game un-available. The fallout has been tremendous (including an app store full of clones, someone attempting to trademark the name 'flappy bird' and there is even a website dedicated to the people who's lives have been ruined by the game!)


Found it: http://www.flappyfail.com/index

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a17273636272772
a17273636272772

Just play

Flappy Pig 

Flappy Bat 

Flappy Fish 

Flappy Tappy etc.

Just type in Flappy into you playstore apps and you will find games just like flappy birds yes it will be different but not by much Have a good day .

MinhAnhVu
MinhAnhVu

If you live in Vietnam you will feel the pressure this guy is facing . In Vietnam if you are popular and rich - 100% you will be hunted down, If you are smart , lay low nothing will happen. However, this guy is making 50,000$ a day which of course the government will ask him for tax and more than 50% of Vietnamese people will hate him because of his success. That is the way people work around in Vietnam. Everyone thinks they are the best and when someone who does something better ; they will hunt them down.  Looking at the Government newspaper they can say false thing in order to humiliate people and if you don't pay them they will continue write bad things about you.   So the kid got scared and its obvious. 

YagotoMizu
YagotoMizu

The guys is an idiot, just because someone hate your game doesn't mean you have to remove it.

PWeb
PWeb

Oh man! My niece wanted the game on her phone today after watching me play.. After a few minutes of googling, I was able to install it. I found a tutorial site for all devices here, http://getflappy.com

TheAmazingNoah
TheAmazingNoah

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Alex0826
Alex0826

Either he's a genius or a "high functioning" autistic person. If I had a machine that produced $50k per day, shutting it down because my life is no longer "simple" would sound like the craziest flappin idea on earth... This would sound even more insane if I lived in a country where most of the population is just above poverty, extremely poor and very few are wealthy!

I've been unemployed for over a year, and it sucks! I can build super fast PC's that boot to the OS in 5 seconds or less after POST & push graphics better then an Xbox One or PS4 any day of the week! Flash Android phones with custom ROMS, over clock, MOD, ROOT etc etc. I've even learned how to fix cars by watching Youtube videos as needed. Unfortunately I don't have anything hanging on the wall, and the interest was never fully there (could be due to ADD?). So it makes finding employment in an already crappy economy next to impossible. So when I hear about a story like this, it makes me want to throw up! I wish I could bring home even $1k per week and still have free time to be with the wife and kids. It would relieve the financial stress that we currently face! But hey don't get me wrong if the money still rolls in AND this stunt boosts his income on top of it, more power to him & I would hope God can bless me with such great ideas in the future!!!

JoshQuach
JoshQuach

This dude is just creating hype. Look at the way he phrases his message. It is a complete and utter cry for attention. "Wahh mommy look at me." He'll put it back up in a month and watch it explode once again. I am so surprised no one sees that.

hanhmpt
hanhmpt

Symply a marketing trick

LindaVanDeusen
LindaVanDeusen

Guess he got enough money, got tired of the "fame" and pulled the plug. Hell, I didn't even know who the developer was of the game! You can get a "scaled down" version online. http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/16975457/  There are 2 versions. One where you use your mouse and one with just the space bar. The graphics aren't as nice as the original version, but if you need your Flappy Bird fix, this should do.

daniellegohn240
daniellegohn240

I WANNA SNAP YOUR NECK RIGHT NOW. SUCK IT UP AND BE A MAN. GOD

EdwardE
EdwardE

Nobody is saying that Africans in Africa will ever be a minority
Nobody is saying that Asians in Asia will ever be a minority.
So why are they saying Whites will be a minority in Britain in 2036?
And Sweden in 2024?
That’s because there’s MASSIVE non-White immigration in EVERY White country and ONLY White countries.
Because there’s a program of White geNOcide.
They say it’s “anti-racist” but it’s simply anti-White.
Anti-Racist is a code for anti-White.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

I want the two minutes of my life wasted reading the utterly pointless article back.

BrianSmith
BrianSmith

And we're supposed to care because?  Games go offline all the time.

Idaho_Yaho
Idaho_Yaho

Those assets are ripped straight out of Super Mario Bros.  He's cashing in before the Big-N threatens to take away his earnings. 

GareyPayne
GareyPayne

Probably a pending lawsuit from Nintendo Corp. because the pipes and sounds are eerily familiar to SMB.

liziigelinas
liziigelinas

yeah but it won't delete off your device. if you've already got it, #ForeverFlappy.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Okay then...nonsensical reason for removing a lucrative game.  Sounds like the creator had personal/emotional issues...he should seek help.

trgordon21
trgordon21

how are they going to take it off of our phones?

misakimiyamoto08
misakimiyamoto08

@YagotoMizu  

You don't understand. Since he was living in Vietnam, a lot of pressure was on him. Being famous and rich, people weren't just disliking his game, people were hunting him down. Most Vietnamese people probably hated him for his success. Besides, the game was supposed to be used for a few minutes rather than hours. 

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EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

@daniellegohn240 Knock it off - this is stupid, annoying, and it isn't even *funny*.

Want more flappy bird?  Write your own.  Hate flappy bird?  Play something else, like Comment Troll Bingo.

EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

@EdwardWPWW "They" are saying it because, as long as they keep you afraid, you'll willingly do their bidding - and, they hope, you will open your wallet to fund the cause of ensuring that the upper echelons of the white power movement never run out of gold for their bunkers and white powder for their noses.

bonesxbreak
bonesxbreak

@EdwardWPWW  Africa is a continent. Asia is a continent. No one is saying that Europeans will be a minority in Europe, you numbskull. :)

Uzuki
Uzuki

@DeweySayenoff Your time is not worth nearly as much as you seem to think it is. No one wants to hear you complaining over two lousy minutes. If it's so important, get off the Internet for starters.

Idaho_Yaho
Idaho_Yaho

@ShortycjqSpears If you're able to make that much with two kids at home, it's obvious you're neglecting your children.  I should turn you in to child services.

AaronBishop
AaronBishop

@DeweySayenoff @UzukiYou just keep wasting more and more time.  It's almost as if don't have anything to do with your life or something...