Just as quickly as it shot to fame, Flappy Bird has disappeared from the mobile gaming marketplace. Developer Dong Nguyen announced yesterday that he would be removing the game from both the iTunes App Store and Google Play – and today, he’s been true to his word.
Far from being an overnight success, Flappy Bird first hit online stores back in May 2013, but only recently catapulted its way into the mainstream.
Flappy Bird was devastating in its simplicity, with a game mechanic perfectly finding the “just-one-more-go” model developers lust after. It seemed destined to drag Nguyen to game-developer super-stardom.
…but it seems that’s not what he wanted. Apparently overwhelmed by the game’s success, Nguyen posted a virtual career suicide note to Twitter.
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
Gamers quickly jumped to conclusions. Flappy Bird drew more than just inspiration from an assortment of video game favourites – including Super Mario Bros‘ iconic green pipes. Did Nintendo have something to do with the game’s sudden disappearance?
Nguyen says no:
It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.
Instead, the game’s success “ruined” Nguyen’s “simple life“, to the point where he hated the little green bird – so he simply turned his back on the project, which was reportedly bringing in more than US$50,000 a day in ad revenue.
If you downloaded Flappy Bird before it was removed, the game will remain, completely playable, on your device. If you didn’t snag a copy though – you’re outta luck. Some gamers are reporting that it can still be found for Windows Phone, but it has disappeared from both the iTunes App Store and Google Play, leaving a pile of imitators and rip-offs in its wake.