What the flap? Flappy Bird is no longer in the Play Store

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 10, 2014

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It wasn’t just a devious marketing trick: developer Dong Nguyen kept his word and removed his viral hit Flappy Bird from both the Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Killing a game that reportedly raked in $50,000 every single day may seem like madness to some, yours truly included. So what happened? Has Dong Nguyen gone bonkers? Did he received a stern cease and desist letter from Nintendo or some other company? Did the hex of some poor Flappy Bird addict caught up with the indie Vietnamese developer just when he was getting used with the highlife? Probably not.

The truth is we don’t really know why Flappy Bird is no longer available for download. Nguyen tweeted he couldn’t take “it” anymore, without specifying what “it” is. Our guess would be the unwanted attention; in the past, the mysterious developer denied interview requests and said he simply wanted to be left alone.

To be clear, the fact that Flappy Bird has been removed from the app stores doesn’t mean that users who already installed can’t play it anymore. The game plays fine and serves ads just like before, meaning that Nguyen will still receive fat paychecks for a while.

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In fact, the game is still accessible thanks to the Play Store’s caching system. If you wanted a last chance to install it, you can try this link, though it will only work for a few hours. After that, there will be probably be tons of .apk files floating around that you could try, though we wouldn’t really recommend it.

Behind Flappy Bird remain dozens of more or less faithful clones, with creative names like “Flappy Osama” and “Flappy Turd”… We’d argue they aren’t worth your time, but then again, the same could be said about the original.

One way to get Flappy Bird we would totally not recommend is to buy a device just for it, like this iPhone “With FLAPPY BIRD GAME INSTALLED” going on eBay right now for $88,988.88…

  • MadCowOnAStick


    • Up to 74 bids and 99,900 USD.

    • apianist16

      More like kids with no life. I ought to know. ;)

  • Stranger from a Far Coast

    Dumb ass kids don’t even know you can just grab the apk from anywhere using any android phones.

  • Segroukin

    Good Riddance

  • BarbRyan

    I suppose developer just not ready for fame. He’s not prepared for what it takes to become popular and rich. Well, whatever..
    If he thinks just pulling his app from store solves everything, he’s wrong. He’s just running away from problem. Could create another problem..

    Holy s***, $92100 for an iphone with flappy bird ….. -___-

    • RanRu

      Just because someone placed a bid doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to buy it. I remember Channers once got the bid up to $1Bn for a dad selling his son’s Beyblade toys because they destroyed their bath tub with them.

    • Tran Nguyen

      $50,000/day had changed his life. Big money had made him trouble with the Communist Party people who will visit him regularly and to share his pie. Normal life (less money) only keep Vietnamese people living in peace. Another reason, ordinary Vietnamese people can’t handle pressure from criticism. If I be like him, I also think like him. Money can’t buy happiness. Western and Eastern is different about philosophy.

  • RanRu

    I’m not sure I have the words necessary to describe how I feel about this article.

  • Gregory Opera

    Relax – I have it on very, VERY good authority that a separate developer is uploading a virtually-identical version to the Google Play Store tomorrow morning…

    As I type this, I am using a the final version that is getting uploaded to the Google Play Store tomorrow morning, and it is quite literally identical.

    If you’re interested, follow “gregoryopera” on Twitter or add me to your Google+ circle ( http://plus.google.com/+gregoryopera) – I’ll be posting on both the moment it actually appears in the Google Play Store (it takes a couple of hours for new uploads to actually appear).

  • so

    I can still downloading it from play store…

    • Gregory Opera

      The official answer is that if you previously bought or downloaded something and it is later pulled from the Google Play Store, you can re-download it “for a period of time”…

      In the Real World, you can usually re-download it forever – i have applications that were pulled from the Google Play Store years ago, and I can still download them from my “all” list.

      The exception is games and applications that are pornographic, illegal or otherwise particularly offensive – these usually get removed from the Google Play Store completely (i.e. even from one’s “all” list)… Occasionally there is an exception for a game or application that does not meet this criteria, but very rarely in my experience.

  • rich_bown

    Maybe the developer is sick of all the attention.? I’m sure sick of reading about flappy birds, its a stupid game that just became flavour of the month. If everyone writing these articles have been trying to contact the developer all asking the same stupid questions then I can see why a small indie dev wants nothing more to do with it. Frankenstein’s monster springs to mind!

  • Rich Steele

    I’ll never understand why people are happy the game got pulled from the stores. If you don’t like the game, don’t play it. Instead you had to whine moan and complain until it was ruined for everyone.

  • rubbaluvva

    the apk is freely available

  • Jayfeather787

    Flappy bird pancake gif!!! Awesome.