Flappy Bird is going down, but the developer is still going strong

February 8, 2014

    Flappy Bird taken down
    As quickly as it came, the phenomenon known as Flappy Bird is coming to an end. After achieving a few weeks of incredible success, the developer has announced via Twitter that he will be pulling the game sometime early tomorrow afternoon. It’s a strangely befitting end to a truly befuddling saga.

    The reason is shrouded in mystery. The developer has only specified so far that he “cannot keep” it anymore and that it isn’t due to legal reasons. You can view the tweets yourself below.

    Also, for those who may be wondering if it is because he’s selling the rights, he has confirmed that he is not selling the game.

    Even with those tweets available, people across the internet have been speculating as to why this is occurring so suddenly. Some think that because the graphics bear a striking resemblance to the graphics in Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros series that it was because of a cease and desist order. After all, Nintendo does have a long and storied history defending its intellectual property.

    The popular gaming blog Kotaku reported that it was likely because of the sudden and massive surge in media attention that has driven developer Dong Nguyen to close up shop. They added that he stopped doing press interviews and has stopped responding to inquiries from the media. This seems to be the most logical conclusion based on his behavior.

    That said, a video game developer is a developer for life it seems. Nguyen has already been spotted talking about his next project so even if he’s trying as hard as possible to run from the media spotlight, he’ll probably end up right back in it when the new game launches. Let’s face facts, people are going to want to know about the next project from the guy who brought us the unique experience that was Flappy Bird. It personified the phrase “immovable object meets unstoppable force.”

    With the Flappy Bird fad coming to an end, this will be one of the last times the following question will be asked. What was your high score?

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    Comments

    • MadCowOnAStick

      squishy bird for the thumbnail wow

      • JosephHindy

        I just like the image of the pipes being closed off.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        I already took my revenge. My score was 1036. What’s yours?

        • MadCowOnAStick

          exactly 5600

          • Tuấn Ankh

            You must hate that bird a heck lot…

            • MadCowOnAStick

              you just hold down the space bar and the birds will get super fast and when they get too fast squish them all at once and you get a ton of points

    • Carlos Poblano

      154

      • Jayfeather787

        Damn.

      • Daniel DS

        178

        • Carlos Poblano

          Damn now I have to play again lol

    • Tom Clowes-Whitby

      90

    • Hugo Oskarsson

      Oh no his game got popular and succesful

    • AndroidBoss

      I hate this stupid game.

    • Rook HD

      ok, his name is DONG NGUYEN. Not Doug Nyugen ( I know you might have written it this way because it makes sense to English speakers), but again, it is Dong Nguyen in Vietnamese.

      Sources: Im Vietnamese

      • JosephHindy

        It was a simple spelling error. My brain saw a “u” instead of an “n” because “Dong” is…well…it’s somewhat of a vulgar term here in the states lol so my brain just didn’t recognize it (I only glanced quickly at it once). It’s been fixed both here and on the G+ page. Sorry about that!

    • Hailey396

      So mest up… All of my friends at school have been talking about this game for a long time and now that i get it and love it its ganna be taken away!.! -.- im so mad and confused as to why u would take away such a loved and intertaining game that everyone is buzzing about…. So please reconsider pulling it out…. I am only 12 years old by the way….-.-

      • Simos Katsiaris

        try aptoide

    • RanRu

      “What was your high score?”

      Two. It was two.

      • JosephHindy

        Mine was 9. Only 9. I also only played the game for 4 minutes.

        • Imad

          Broke my phone after 9

    • Sharath

      guy who brought us the unique experience that was Flappy Bird?
      This game is no way unique,i have played these types of games before except it was not a bird,in some it was a boat,in some it was a helicopter.

      • JosephHindy

        I didn’t say the game was unique, i said the experience was unique because let’s face it, the Flappy Bird fad has been anything but normal wouldn’t you say?

    • WestFiasco

      So, it’s going to be pulled from devices when he removes it from the various app stores ?

      • JosephHindy

        This I do not know. I guess we’ll see tomorrow when it goes down.

        • WestFiasco

          Oh, first time with an app of this magnitude. Tomorrow then.

          • JosephHindy

            I think it’s up to the developer. When Winamp took down their unlocker app, the app remain installed on devices (I know mostly because I still have it on my phone and people who haven’t bought it can’t get it) and I’ve seen apps taken down that were still available for people who had downloaded them previously (notably, a TI-86 clone that was available in the Google Play Store (and taken down by Texas Instruments) in 2011…which I can still download to this day). So I don’t know if that’s an option the developer has or if it’ll act like the others I have encountered. Hence, we’ll have to wait and see tomorrow :)

            • Tuấn Ankh

              I think I gotta go find that TI-86 apk, lol

            • JosephHindy

              There’s an emulator now (a TI emulator, just search for it in the Play Store). Just gotta go grab a TI86 ROM and you’re good to go :)

              Of course, make sure it’s obtained legally, of course!

      • Shubham Singh

        i dont think that is possible he cant pull the app from device.

        • WestFiasco

          I think Google can do it for malicious apps that made their way into the playstore and then downloaded by users. I think the flappy bird developer may be a bit confused.

      • Ben Edwards

        It will remain on your device until you choose to remove it.

        • WestFiasco

          Yes I see, it just made me wonder what the goal of the developer was the only way it made sense to me was if the game was going to be removed from devices as well as the store. There has got to be an apk out there for people that want it.

          • Ben Edwards

            I guess by pulling it from distribution he’s hoping it will halt the popularity boom the app has experienced over the last few months and help return some normality to his life.

    • Daryl Jacinto

      He was angry the other players got a higher score than him

      • for25za

        Just like the bird itself, what Goes Up, must come Down. :)

      • King Nokoes

        wkwkwk LOL
        i think he was afraid of copyright (mario)

        http://ponselrepiew.blogspot.com/

    • Jayfeather787

      My high score was 9999.
      Hack through ES file explorer :)
      My real high score was 1.

      • harrold

        THAT EQUALS 10,000!!! :DD

      • JosephHindy

        So you’re saying…

        …that it was over 9000?

      • MasterMuffin

        Amateur. 999999999 :P

        • Jayfeather787

          What?! I tried that and it wouldn’t read it. It just said 0 when I set it to anything over 99999. Who went through all of these posts down voting? Troll.

          • MasterMuffin

            It’s called magic (I think it repends on the resolution and/or size of the screen, when the text is too long it shows 0 but with my Nexus 5′s 1080p res it was able to show 999999999). And yea someone likes touching the down vote button :D

            • Jayfeather787

              Ok. I got a 4.3 inch 960 by 540 res display. That’s probably why.

            • Alex Cini

              Haha I’m laughing so hard now sorry but the number can’t surpass 2147483647 because mobile matches run 32bit and a signed variable in 32bit can’t surpass 2147483647 soooo ya.

            • Anonymous Guy

              Well, only because they’re signed ints. Otherwise it’d be plain old 2^32.

    • Tjhooker

      But… So much money

    • Aravind J Nampoothiry

      My highscore? it’s 3 ;)

    • Markton

      Just got 122 as my high score yesterday afternoon and what????

    • grokrez

      My score is 93

    • Rooney-

      4 :D

    • Jason Steele

      bet people used that cheat thats going round to get any bug score i got 38 so far

    • Roshan

      Mine is 56

    • Ben Jowett

      My brother said someone killed someone over it, so maybe the dev took it down because he didn’t want legal action to come and shyr him down?

      • phalbro

        Nope, he’s not responsible.
        Flappy Bird didn’t contain any gore or violence, it’s safe.

        Otherwise Mario Bros creator would got jailed long ago..

        • Ben Jowett

          I didn’t come up with it, and to me it’s a petty thing to injure/kill someone about!
          I think he was lying!

        • Ben Edwards

          While it’s unlikely that it’s the cause, he could be feeling personally responsible for the death and has pulled the game out of guilt.

    • Alisan_C

      Maybe it’s because he stole the idea?

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      Mine was 7

    • Desi WN

      What is this flappy bird you guys speak of?

    • Brendon Brown

      How did he do it… Put the app on the Playstore without any marketing and in a few days have one of the most popular games available … how …

    • Data

      My score is 4 lol

    • Thatguy

      99 since yesterday

    • smokebomb

      It’s probably the fame. Some people can’t handle it and this guy is just a game developer. I’m sure he never would’ve expected his fairly simple game to become as popular as it has. I read he was making 50k/day. I need to learn how to code!

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    • Jayfeather787

      Its gone.

    • rubbaluvva

      i am wondering if this was actually Nintendo doing a “test” run of their simple games to see how well they do before bringing them to the mobile platform.??

    • Valtheus

      Crappy Turd is going down? Now thats big news for the android universe… pffftt…

    • Dylan Azari

      Dong is making Flappy Bird 2. Check out his twitter page.

    • https://twitter.com/ninecent ninecent

      My high score was 26 haha

    • Gabriel Mornat
    • John

      Anything related to a Bird in the mobile world, he should have look to seel the app to Rovio… What a dummy

    • Peter
    • Peter

      Flappy Bird still accessble here http://www.sendspace.com/file/saysc0

    • Dusan

      Here’s a nice read as to why he’s gone maaaaaaaaaad (and others before him)
      http://jeff-vogel.blogspot.com/2014/02/why-indie-developers-go-insane.html

    • Talha Bin Fahim

      99 :(

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