Flappy Bird was an overnight sensation, it’s a simple little game. You fly, or flap, through suspiciously familiar pipes to try and get a highscore. That’s it! (I told you it was simple). I suspect the difficulty has a lot to do with people’s interest in the game as it wasn’t exactly easy.
As soon as Flappy Bird had come home to roost, he’d flown south for the winter. Flappy Bird is no longer available on the App Store or the Play Store, left in it’s place a myriad of poorly made clones, each one with more and more disgusting In App Purchases, died three times? Buy more lives!
The reason for Flappy Birds disappearance is an odd one, the creator admitted how unhappy the game has made him Dong Nguyen said on his twitter, “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.” he then later admitted “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” he kept his promise and now it’s gone.
I do wonder exactly what made him feel like way, what kind of problems could this game be creating for him? It’s genuinely sad and I really do hope he’s alright. I’m sure like most of the internet and it’s users he’s under constant abuse, if you happen upon his twitter send some love his way.
Another weird quirk in this story is that people started to sell their phones with Flappy Bird installed, initially these were going for silly money on eBay but as they picked up notoriety fake bids descended like bird poo from the sky and ruined this.
Here’s a link for the game to be installed on your android phone or tablet, save yourself a million pound and download this instead.