Creator pulls 'Flappy Bird' from app stores

Creator pulls 'Flappy Bird' from app stores

(Photo: Dong Nguyen/.GEARS Studios)

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by Brett Molina

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 7:41 AM

(USA Today)-- It appears the creator of mobile hit Flappy Bird is keeping his word in removing the popular game from iOS and Android app stores.

The game no longer appears in searches on both Google Play and Apple's App Store. When viewing the Top Charts from an iPhone, Flappy Bird is absent from the Free Games chart it had topped for the past week. Also, if you view the developer page for Dong Nguyen within iTunes, Flappy Bird is no longer featured.

A direct link to the game's Google Play page from the web has been pulled, although the iTunes page remains.

The removal of the game followed a tweet by Nguyen on Saturday, saying he planned to yank the popular game from app stores. "I cannot take this anymore," he wrote.

The brief ascent of Flappy Bird peaked this week, as the game surged to the top of Apple's App Store and Google Play. The game featured a small bird players flew between green pipes, tapping the touchscreen to keep him airborne. While the game mechanics were simple, moving through the pipes proved very difficult.

During an interview with The Verge last week, Nguyen revealed he was making $50,000 a day from ads displayed from within the game.

However, recent tweets from Nguyen suggested the developer might have struggled with the newfound attention his game was receiving. In a tweet sent on February 4, Nguyen asked for "peace," and said the press was "overrating" the success of his game.

"I can call Flappy Bird is a success of mine," wrote Nguyen via Twitter on February 8. "But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."

Flappy Bird also earned scrutiny for its visual design, using green pipes that bear a nearly identical resemblance to those used in the Super Mario Bros. video game series. However, Nguyen insists the game's removal "is not anything related to legal issues."

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