Flappy Bird- Gone And Back Again

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - February 9, 2014

Are you a fan of the difficult but fun app known as Flappy Bird? As of early this morning, Flappy Bird was no longer available to be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

The game has become increasingly popular over the last few weeks and was among the top games downloaded for both Apple and Android users. The game requires players to use their touch screens to direct their bird through the air and through an obstacle of tubes. If the bird hits a tube, it dies and the player loses a life.

Players must try to score as many points as they can before their bird dies and although the game may sound simple, it is extremely hard. Players can rack up a score as high as 9,999, but most never make it to double digits. Oddly, the difficulty of the game is what has made it so popular.

With such popularity, it is hard to understand why the game would be pulled. Developer Dong Nguyen announced his decision to take down the game in several tweets to fans. He did not reveal the reason behind his decision to remove the popular game, and many fans are demanding answers.

After a backlash from fans, the developer seemed to quickly change his mind. He began tweeting that if he could get several different amounts of likes by the deadline, he would not remove the game. After removing it Sunday morning, he tweeted that he was working on bringing it back.

Nguyen’s twitter ramblings have led many people to wonder what is going on with him. Was he simply taking the game down for the media attention? Did he only threaten to take it down to get more followers and downloads? Why was he so upset about his successful app?

We may never know what happened to make Nguyen want to take down the app, but Flappy Bird fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their game will soon be back and available for download.

Why do you think the Flappy Bird developer chose to remove the game and then bring it back a short time later?

Image via YouTube.

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Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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  • interesting

    unfortunately NINTENDO PUSHED HIM TO THE POINT WHERE HE MUST REMOVE FLAPPY BIRD OR THEY WOULD TAKE THINGS INTO MATTER.!!

    • No
      • interesting

        no your wrong, he would never take off a game which made him so successful and i don't think anyone would make up an excuse " i have too much praise for a crappy game like this oh i will take it down…" cmon!

  • Dan Matei

    flappy bird is not dead, only went to heaven between clouds: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.faceBirdAdventure

  • Dax McClain

    Brilliant marketing strategy.

  • Mike Mkcoy

    Yeah I don’t think Nintendo really were that worried. It was on the App store for about a year anyway wasnt it? I hope he makes a 2nd version just wish there was flash versions for all the clones lol like http://letsplayflappybird.com/flash-flappy-bird-game/ but I dont even like that game that much anyway lol