Flappy Bird falls from the Sky

Copycats fill the void

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Flappy Bird falls from the Sky
True to his word, developer Doug Nguyen has pulled Flappy Bird from both the iPhone/iPad App Store and Android.

The developer of the hit smartphone game had said 22 hours earlier that he would remove the game, and proved to be true to his word.

"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore" said Nguyen on Twitter.

He didn't specify exactly what it is he can't take, but did add that, "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore." Nguyen said that, "I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird', please don't ask," but confirmed that he will continue to make games.

The game has players guiding a bird between green pipes, and Nguyen has said that the game was inspired by Mario. It was rumoured that Nintendo had sent him a warning letter, but the company told Reuters that, "It sounds very much like a rumor and if it is, we certainly can't comment on that."

Nguyen told The Verge that Flappy Bird had been making $50k per day in ad revenue. It wracked up over 50 million downloads before Nguyen pulled the plug.

If you missed the boat don't worry too much, however. As Eurogamer points out, there are now plenty of copycat apps on the market to fill the void.
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