If you haven’t been swept into the addicting world of Flappy Bird, it looks like you won’t get the chance. The addictive and top grossing iPhone game was removed from the App Store this past week. If you already have the simple game on your smartphone, you can still enjoy but if not, you’re out of luck.
For those of you who may not know, Flappy Bird is a simple and short game that requires you to double tap a small bird through simple obstacles. Due to its difficulty, the game is highly addictive and is major time waster. I myself have Flappy Bird and can attest to it’s addictive qualities.
Apparently the creator, Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen called it quits on Flappy Bird. He tweeted Saturday that he couldn’t handle it anymore. Vague and out of the blue, the tweet garnered attention and shortly after, the game was yanked from the app store.
At one point, the app was getting about $50,000 a day in advertisements. Originally created, in only 2-3 days by Nguyen, back in May, the game didn’t gain its real popularity until December and by January it had taken the coveted spot as the top free game on the App Store that was held by the incredibly popular Candy Crush Saga.
So what’s going to happen to Flappy Bird’s future? Like I mentioned above, those who still have it on their phones can enjoy the endless and impossible game that is Flappy Bird, but no one can download it anymore. Ebay is now full of iPhones with Flappy Bird downloaded on them for sale. Some hundreds of dollars, and others north of $2000!
Nguyen stated there wasn’t a financial reason behind his decision he just couldn’t handle it anymore. Perhaps he was getting too addicted to the game, or the immense pressure overwhelmed him and following the game had received. Either way, I will be continuing to play until I too can no longer handle it.