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February 10, 2014Published by: Fereshta Amir

R.I.P. Flappy Bird: creator removes the game

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On Friday, we blogged about Flappy Bird's rise to popularity and as of the weekend Flappy Bird is no more. Creator Dong Nguyen took the game offline yesterday, as he just couldn't take it anymore. The game which had the world hooked lets users tap continually on the screen to keep a bird from flapping into a series of obstacles and due to overwhelming downloads, made the Vietnamese inventor $50,000 (£30,467) a day from the adverts that appeared on the game.

We checked last night and the app is removed from both the Google Play store and Apple's App Store, so those who had already downloaded the app will still have access to it. For the ultimate addicts of the game, there are now smartphones with the game installed on them being sold on Ebay for hundreds of pounds.

It sure is interesting to see a solo bedroom developer race past thousands of huge businesses who spend big budgets on building a hit game like Flappy Bird. Dong Nguyen tweeted this morning that he still makes games, so it will be interesting to see what's next...

February 7, 2014Published by: Drew Benvie

Mobile game apps continue to show dominance with Flappy Bird’s popularity

It seems the Angry Birds might have another reason to be riled - as another bird seems to be the top fowl in the mobile gaming roost.

Flappy Birds, the increasingly popular app on Android and iOS, has become one of the most downloaded apps this year in America and China. Despite being released in May 2013, the gaming app, which involves using a touchscreen to navigate a bird through frustratingly difficult obstacles, experienced a huge surge in popularity in the New Year. According to an interview with the game's creator Dong Nguyen, the app now earns an average of $50,000 a day from in-game ads. 

The huge popularity of simply designed mobile app games such as Flappy Birds is further evidence of the growing dominance of apps on iOS and Android versus declining interest in traditional hand-held consoles like Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS. According to data intelligence group App Annie, in 2013 both the Apple store and Google Play surpassed handheld consoles in sales.

Despite the greater processing power and flashier graphics on handheld consoles, it seems casual gamers would rather spend their mobile gaming time being frustrated by cartoon birds and colourful candy on their smartphones.