Let’s say you tossed together a cheesy-looking video game about a bird flying through pipes that inexplicably became an overnight sensation and made you an instant millionaire. Would you feel good about yourself or would you feel a pang of guilt that your crappy game has made you more money than people out there who grind it out every day but who still struggle to pay their bills? More →
Has it only been a month since Flappy Bird mania gripped the world? Sadly, it has and Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen seems to have realized that he walked away from a huge pile of money when he quickly dropped his game from the App Store and Google Play back in February. Gawker has spotted a message sent out by Nguyen on his Twitter account letting a fan know that he does plan on bringing his highly addictive game back to the App Store, “but not soon.” This means that you shouldn’t expect Flappy Bird to un-retire Jay-Z-style for the next few months although Nguyen would be wise to get it back as soon as possible before the world moves onto the next huge mobile game.
Flappy Bird is dead, and all of the shameless clones in world won’t bring it back. Despite the game’s fading relevance, the developers of the Twitterrific app have opted to pay tribute to game that stole our hearts with a recent update. iDownloadBlog happened across a simplistic Flappy Bird clone called Ollie Soars hidden within the Twitter timeline of the Twitterrific app, featuring Twitterrific’s own avian mascot. In order to access Ollie Soars, just drag the timeline all the down to the bottom of the screen, further than would be necessary to refresh it, and the game should begin. Check out a video of the homage below. More →
A new video posted on YouTube imagines how the endless Flappy Bird game might actually end. User pipocaVFX proposes that once the 999 score is reached, the game should end with a Mario-like boss killing the Flappy Bird. This game ending is not real in any way, as it’s just a computer-generated visual sequence showing the Flappy Bird fly through a tricky course from a score of around 910 to 999. More →
Are you angry that online auction giant eBay isn’t allowing you to sell your smartphone with Flappy Birds installed for $1,000 or more? Well we’re likely now approaching the tail end of the Flappy Bird phenomenon anyway, but some companies are still finding creative new ways to capitalize on the craze before it vanishes. One such company is UpgradeSwap. More →
While the simple, yet infuriatingly difficult to play Flappy Bird game has been officially removed from app stores out of guilt, the game name may actually live on for other similar apps. While some developers are simply looking to make a quick buck in the fallout of Flappy Bird’s removal by releasing all sorts of clones including online game versions – though Apple and Google have started taking a firm stance against it – others have thought of a smarter method of preserving the game, Phandroid reports. More →
The Flappy Bird phenomenon did not end a week ago with its developer taking the app down out of guilt. Instead, after the unexpected disappearance of the addictive game, many clones popped up in app stores, trying to bank on the popularity of Flappy Bird. But TechCrunch reports that won’t be possible anymore, as both Apple and Google are apparently taking action against developers who submit clones to the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. More →
After the original Flappy Bird game was removed from the App Store and Google Play Store out of addictiveness-related guilt, a plethora of Flappy Bird copies and clones emerged, some safer to play than others. Further proof of the popularity of this simple, yet difficult to play, game is the fact that even Sesame Street has created its own Flappy Bird clone, ABC News reports, appropriately called Flappy Bert. More →
The Flappy Bird saga may be the stupidest phenomenon the world has seen since Linsanity but it’s definitely a phenomenon nonetheless. App Annie points out that Flappy Bird clones are now the No. 1 games on iOS charts in more than 30 different countries including the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. More →
This has been an illuminating month for the mobile application business. Based on its daily download volume (as high as 2 million) and simple banner ad format, Flappy Bird has been estimated to make roughly $50,000 a day. Just recently, a hacker revealed that Supercell is making more than $5 million a day from its two mobile apps, Clash of Clans and Hay Day. According to our industry sources in Helsinki, Clash of Clans is roughly twice as profitable as Hay Day, which would mean that the daily global gross revenue from Clash of Clans alone tops $3 million a day.
And that’s the app industry in a nutshell. More →
When Nguyen Ha Dong released Flappy Bird on iOS and Android, he had no idea how different his life would become. The frustrating mobile game shot to the top of the app charts and Nguyen started pulling in $50,000 a day from advertising. But he didn’t want the spotlight, so he recently made the decision to pull the game from Apple and Google’s app stores. Now, furious Flappy Bird fans want him dead. The dust is finally settling following Nguyen’s move to discontinue the game, and he has done a handful of interviews to discuss the matter. We already covered the developer’s real reason for pulling the title, and now in a separate interview Nguyen reveals why he made the game so infuriatingly difficult to play. More →
In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has revealed the real reason he removed the extremely popular app from the App Store and the Google Play Store. According to Nguyen, the game’s addictiveness is what convinced him to remove it, and the app is not coming back. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” the developer said “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.” More →