Flappy Bird dev makes $50,000/day from the collective frustration of 50 million people

February 7, 2014

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    Let the games begin! Sorry, not those games, I am talking about the free to play indie smash hit, Flappy Bird, that is reportedly pulling in over $50,000 per day from in-app advertisements. Game developer Dong Nguyen of .GEARS Studios says that he chose the ad-supported, free to play app style because that is what is popular in Japan right now.

    The success of Flappy Bird is a ray of hope for other individual and low budget game developers, as Nguyen built the game in his free time in the evenings. He says he was never looking to become famous or popular, even posting a request on Twitter to kindly be left alone. One quick glance proves that he designed Flappy Bird drawing inspiration from one of his favorite games series growing up, Super Mario. The nostalgia factor is not lost on users, although a significant number of game reviews in the Play Store are very frustrated by the main character’s lips – vehemently pointing out that birds don’t have lips, and that they are large enough to act as airbags in the event of a collision with, say, a large green pipe.
    Flappy Bird Game Over

    The overwhelming response to this game is that it is frustratingly difficult – drive over your phone with a tank, then throw it into a volcano frustratingly difficult – yet somehow extremely addictive. Not that the actual controls are difficult; simply click to fly up and release to drop back down, with the difficulty in avoiding crashing into obstacles. I read through a bunch of reviews and the number one word used was ‘though.’ Many of the over 208,000 5 star reviews read something like “It ruined my life because I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t beat my previous/friend’s high score… but it’s a good game though.”

    Check it out for yourself – download Flappy Bird from the Google Play Store.

    Are you one of the 50 million people that have lost themselves to this addictive game? The real question – what is your high score?

    Comments

    • Unknown

      This game destroyed my S4. So I have to buy again.

    • Balraj

      I installment it..couldn’t get over 100
      Uninstalled…the game is really addictive cause it’s challenging…it’s like can you beat your own score..
      I uninstalled because I was afraid I would waste my time over it…
      50,000/day
      Multimillionaire is no time !!!!!!

      • http://geekinkuwait.blogspot.com/ Abhishek Kumar

        installment?

        • le_lutin

          “I installment it” = I installed it

        • Balraj

          I use Swype
          Auto correct :-P

    • Roseman Eisen

      I went from 9 in the first 5 minutes to playing roughly 15 minutes per day to now 109. I like the game a lot it’s pretty fun

      • jpxa

        pics or it didn’t happen.

    • WestFiasco

      I’m glad the game is so successful for the studio.

    • Valtheus

      Seriously this game is popular? Damn… people do indeed have low standards these days…

      • Vincent Goh

        try play it and screenshot your score if you’re >100. Until then try again.

      • namesib

        Exactly. No wonder proper devs are so reluctant to go to mobile when crap like this is popular.

      • Kn1v3

        The same reason facebook games (used to be) popular.
        People are happy to waste their time on something casual yet challenging.
        I never waste my time on any f***ing bird games.
        Grow older, less time for games.
        Spend time only on AAA titles, no less.

    • Ben Jowett

      This game.
      Is the worst god darn game

      • Balraj

        It’s popular because it’s challenging…
        Really pisses ppl off
        Developer is one lucky guy

        • Ben Jowett

          Still a piece of crap

    • Thangbithit

      You guys will never know how proud a Vietnamese person like me is feeling right now when a small game from a weak country can bloom over the world and be the most talked-about story.

      • abazigal

        Yeah, one of my favourite games, Shadow Era, is also made by a Vietnamese developer, IIRC. I like that he is humble, and not greedy (in that the IAPs are very reasonably priced in my book, and the game is equally playable as a free download even if I don’t buy anything), and I find the game quite well-designed overall.

        I don’t know if it can be called weak, but you all do clearly have some great talent there. :)

    • http://geekinkuwait.blogspot.com/ Abhishek Kumar

      This game is from hell.

    • MasterMuffin

      The game is easy and bad. Yes I said it, it’s easy

    • Vincent Goh

      I wanted to throw my phone, scream out loud, punch people, eat my phone… Luckily I came back to sense every time game over.

      • Mike – Construction Contractor

        I think you need a girlfriend or a wife and stop wasting time playing games.

        • Jerry Segraves

          Not getting much construction done on these discussion forums, huh?

        • allain

          go back to work (like you were saying), developers earn money by wasting other people’s time and money. hence why make a game in the first place let me tell you something, humans like to slack-off, procrastinate… whatever you call it, and in this age we do it by using our phones. By coming into this thread, chances are from facebook, that means you were also wasting time. if your defence is “i just happened to see it on my timeline, or I just happened to see it somewhere”, well obviously you’re wasting time.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        Did you poop your phone out afterward?

    • namesib

      Haven’t downloaded it and don’t intend to. Fads like Temple Run, Candy Crush and now this don’t interest me and the games are always basic and unoriginal. No thanks.

    • Groud Frank

      Much like Candy Crush, I find this game to be an incredible wastes of time.

    • Dylan Azari

      I got 38 so far.

    • TMOTECH

      Cant get higher than 16. This game pisses me off.

      • riannonqas321

        my Aunty Grace got a nearly new blue Kia by working part
        time from the internet. look at this now J­u­m­p­9­9­9­.­ℂ­o­m

    • SeraZR™

      66 i have conquered the game ^_^

    • Jay Monstrous

      I got a score of 70 last night :D

    • Android Developer

      This success doesn’t make any sense.
      I thought that candy crash doesn’t make sense in its popularity, but this is just too much…
      What’s the next game that will overcome this weirdness?

      • allain

        portability, controllability, simplistic and minimalist design, and the biggest challenge of all, it doesn’t hog memory unlike those “wannabe” big budget mobile games. If you ask me, he was just going back to the roots of “Actual mobile game development”

        • Android Developer

          so how do you explain the success of many games that are opposite of this one?

          • Alenym

            Marketing. Franchise.
            Name one game which became viral but doesn’t answer the criteria allain mentionned, please.

            • Android Developer

              actually, this game is no different – it got published on some website and from then it skyrocketed…

              I like “badlands” better. it’s much cooler and fair to play, plus it has multiplayer…

    • Mike – Construction Contractor

      There are many people wasting time on games when they could be starting their own business.

      Stop playing and start learning.

      10 years from now, your “High Score” will not benefit you. Owning your own business will.

      Back to work.

      • W1z

        U r a faggot on the face of the earth. Get a life.

        • taroro

          Seems like he has it together..you’re the only faggot without a life here

      • Tuấn Ankh

        You just went full serious. Never go full serious.

      • Jerry Segraves

        Retired, already raking in the dough! Work your ass off, fool!

      • smokebomb

        Yeah. Don’t have fun. This is America. Work, pay taxes and die. Don’t enjoy life at all /s.

        • Felipe

          Pfff dumb american. Get your ass over Brazil and try to make a living with the taxes here. Who’s born in Brazil, plays life on hard.

    • krym73

      Believe it or not I hardly play the game at all…the secret is to stop playing when your too anxious or excited.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        It’s hard to remain calm after you break your own record, you know… I always die 2-3 pipes after I break old records. xD

        • MadCowOnAStick

          pfft I DIE 1 PIPE BEFORE I CAN BEAT MY RECORD

          • Tuấn Ankh

            lol, someone got excited too early… xD

            • MadCowOnAStick

              D:

    • Carlos Poblano

      My high score is 154, I’ve had the game for about two weeks, I play for about once a day

    • Data

      I gave up after a few seconds of playing – I’ve seen this all before.

    • Christian Harris

      Every time I try and play this I get 5 or 3 and then fail. My friends can get 20+ and when I asked them about it they said they “practice” every day. It’s REALLY addictive.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      That guy knew how to make some cash,, hmm…
      No wonder he doesn’t mind the clone games. He’s too busy counting his money.

    • AwtsuPawtsu

      My highscore is 95 :)

    • AndroidBrian

      I find simplistic games on my phone are more fun than the big budget games. Games like Doodle Jump, iRunner and Leps World. First person shooters and Madden are intended to be played on a PC or console IMO.

      • allain

        exactly! That’s what mobile games are supposed to be. minimalist, non-memory hog, and pretty challenging.

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