‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Removes Game from Mobile Stores [UPDATED]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 13th, 2014 at 11:03 am,

Flappy Bird Developer Removing Game

[UPDATE: It appears Dong Nguyen was a man of his word as the developer has eliminated all traces of Flappy Bird from mobile stores.]

[Update 2: The reason why Flappy Bird was removed and the aftermath.]

Well, that was fast. After only a few days at the top of various mobile app stores it appears the phenomenon known as Flappy Bird will soon be no more. This according to the game’s sole developer, Dong Nguyen, who broke news of his game’s imminent disappearing act over Twitter.

While many have debated Flappy Bird‘s legitimacy both as a game and as a quality product, few can deny the title’s popularity over the last week or so. Some of that popularity came from pure curiosity, and the rest likely stemmed from the addictive nature of the game.

Whatever the case, the fact of the matter is Flappy Bird was dominating on the iOS and Android app stores, quite the accomplishment considering the game broke onto the scene back in May of last year. Unfortunately, it sounds like Flappy Bird‘s success will be short lived as Nguyen has announced he will take the game offline very soon.


As far as Nguyen’s reasoning for taking down Flappy Bird, it’s a little unclear. He makes claims that the game is ruining his life and that its success was something he never wanted, but the developer doesn’t provide much in the way of an explanation. How has the game ruined his life and why is too much success a bad thing?

Those who have yet to check out Flappy Bird seemingly have a few more hours to download the game for a variety of mobile platforms. We can’t say that you’ll enjoy your time with the game – it’s basically an endless runner in the vain of OlliOlli or Canabalt only with much more basic mechanics – but at least you will know what everyone is talking about. To put it simply, Flappy Bird is a case of catching lightning in a bottle, and then having people trash talk that lightning for the better part of a week.

As a single developer with the goal of making a simple game — which Nguyen claims was his only aspiration when creating Flappy Bird — it’s sad to see Dong Nguyen pull the plug on his game, regardless of criticism. Whether or not he will actually go through with it is still yet to be seen, but it appears the legacy of the bird that flaps will come to an end almost as fast as it burst onto the scene.

Have you played Flappy Bird? What do you think? Does it deserve the backlash it received?

Source: Dong Nguyen – Twitter

TAGS: Android, Flappy Bird, iOS

  • DarthMalnu

    He has to take it down because King games has trademarked the spaces between words. People have been confusing it with Candy Crush Saga, and King had to take action. I think this is ludicrous because Candy Crush Saga has two spaces while Flappy Bird clearly only has one.

    It should also be noted that OlliOlli is also being sued by King games for not having ANY spaces. King games retains the right to sue for not having any reason to sue, as not being the topic of every game article could be seen as damaging to their current advertising model.

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes


    • Brock

      Amazing!!! I almost choked on my coffee!!!

    • Androol


    • Michael

      I need a little background info to get the joke.

  • Bangarazz

    Oh that explain why the fish dosen’t blow up square of color …

  • Trevor

    This game reminds me a lot of the helicopter game which if you haven’t played it give it a try because you will immediately see a similarity.

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      I thought that too when I first played it. Now there are dozens of even more clones.

  • Graphics

    Isn’t this the game where you jump up in the air, turn upside down, and land head first on the ground snapping your neck?

    • EZcode07

      I think that’s Hill Climb. :))

  • ChPearce

    Either that or capitalizing on getting even more popular via all the people who are probably downloading it before it “disappears”

  • http://screenrant.com boogoo

    I can’t even make it past the sixth pipe.

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      I got to 7 or 8 in it and a few of its clones. Not fun enough to keep trying, hehe.