Creator Pulls 'Flappy Bird' From App Stores

8:30 AM, Feb 10, 2014   |    comments
A user plays the game Flappy Bird at a smartphone store in Hanoi on February 10, 2014. (Photo credit: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
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By Brett Molina, USA TODAY


Flappy Bird has been grounded.

The game's creator kept his word and pulled down the mobile hit on Sunday, ending a short but incredible climb up the charts on Apple's App Store and Google Play.

The game's official pages on both stores have been pulled, and any sight of Flappy Bird on the top Games charts has been scrubbed.

Fans of Flappy Bird who still have the game on their smartphone or tablet can still play. Others who later deleted the game should be able to download the game again by accessing their purchase history on either iTunes or Google Play.

The removal of the game followed a tweet by Nguyen on Saturday, saying he planned to yank the popular game from app stores. "I cannot take this anymore," he wrote.

The ascent of Flappy Bird peaked this week, as the game surged to the top of Apple's App Store and Google Play. The game featured a small bird that players flew between green pipes, tapping the touch-screen to keep him airborne. While the game mechanics were simple, moving through the pipes proved very difficult.

During an interview with The Verge last week, Nguyen revealed he was making $50,000 a day from ads displayed within the game.

However, recent tweets from Nguyen suggested the developer might have struggled with the newfound attention his game was receiving. In a tweet sent on Feb. 4, Nguyen asked for "peace," and said the press was "overrating" the success of his game.

"I can call Flappy Bird is a success of mine," wrote Nguyen via Twitter on Feb. 8. "But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."

Flappy Bird also earned scrutiny for its visual design, using green pipes that bear a nearly identical resemblance to those used in the Super Mario Bros. video game series. However, Nguyen insists the game's removal "is not anything related to legal issues."

Flappy Bird is still captivating audiences however, as the current game is still playable for users who already have it installed, and one venturesome soul has placed their iPhone 5S for sale on EBay, with Flappy Birds installed. As of this writing at 8:30AM Monday, the current bid price is at $99,900. 


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