As promised, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has officially pulled his hit game from the iTunes app store. We still see it in parts of iTunes (online, for example, though it is no longer a top free app) and in Google Play, though suspect it will vanish soon. The game, which is maddeningly hard (Brandon’s high score is only 82), has been around for a while but recently gained attention after it was featured in a BuzzFeed article.
While most developers work tirelessly for that kind of press, Nguyen is different. He didn’t like the chatter about his game. “I cannot take this anymore,” he tweeted yesterday, announcing his intentions to remove the game from iTunes and Google Play. Nguyen doesn’t want the fame, and has said that the notoriety Flappy Bird garnered is something he never desired.
There will be copycat titles for sure, (to be fair, Flappy Bird was a copycat, too) though few if any will achieve the popularity Flappy Bird had. You should be fine if you already have it installed but you won’t be able to re-download it.
RIP Flappy Bird.