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Well, it apparently wasn’t an idle threat, as Flappy Bird has indeed been pulled from both Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play marketplace.

The Vietnamese developer of the ultra-popular and ultra-tricky game warned on Saturday that he planned to pull the game within a day, saying he didn’t want to deal with all the pressures.

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down,” Dong Nguyen said in his tweet on Saturday. “I cannot take this anymore.”

Nguyen did not return an email seeking comment (of course, he blamed all the inquiries from the press as part of the reason he was pulling the app).

Already downloaded versions of the free iPhone app appear to be still working, with ads continuing to be served up.

The app and Nguyen have also been hit with complaints that Flappy Bird borrows too heavily from the design and play of other games.

“I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine,” Nguyen said on Twitter. “But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”


UH Yeah! Anyone remember Joust? Actually I tried Flappy and prefer Joust. 

Mostly because it evoked fond memories of playing it for hours in pizza parlors (what is that?) with beer and friends during college.

I'd actually pay for Joust now, purely for the nostalgia.

But I would never pay for flappy bird. Maybe it's good it died.



The skeptic in me sees Flappy coming back in a month or so.  I believe I read on TechCrunch that the game was pulling down $50K/mo. in ad revenue.  For that money, it would be pretty easy to hire a PR person (or entire department) to give Nguyen some of the peace he was after.  


Wow, this is incredible. It's really sad that he let the jealous haters get to him. I hope he comes to his senses and puts the App back.

Stick it to them Dong! Your App is certainly as deserving of success as any of the other top 100 games, perhaps more so.

Joe Lamkin
Joe Lamkin

@brianstevens_  That was my first thought. Now search for Dong Nguyen on the iOS app store, and you'll still see two very (but not quite as) popular games from him. You can also play more games on his website. I have heard this story three times in the last two days, most recently on NPR this morning. Great PR for a wannabe hermit.


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