The Flappy Bird game for Kindle Fire HD and Android devices seems to still exist in a roundabout way due to hacks from install guide books, as the game creator has officially deleted the online apps. There have been all sorts of rumors about why the game was removed from Apple's iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store for Android. The creator originally seemed to indicate it was too stressful dealing with the success, others believed there were legal threats, but the developer himself gives a different reason altogether.
However, a USA Today report from Feb. 11 says the game creator, Dong Nguyen, says he took the game down due to concerns that the highly-popular and very simplistic game was creating addicts. On Saturday, Nguyen had tweeted out all sorts of mysterious messages with one alerting he’d be removing the free app game from online stores as of Sunday. It had some believing that maybe he was dealing with some sort of copyright issues over the green pipes resembling those in Super Mario Bros. Others thought he was crazy and disliked the media attention and some of the responses he was getting from people online, but that doesn’t seem to be the case according to him. Nguyen said recently in an email interview he did:
"Flappy Bird has unexpected effects. It causes addiction (in) people. I think it is an unexpected problem ... and I have to remove it."
Flappy Birds was first released in May of 2013 to the Apple iTunes App Store, and reached huge popularity. The free download was downloaded over 50 million times according to Nguyen’s estimates. It also was earning him serious cash, as estimates put some of the in-ad revenue earnings at a daily amount of $50,000 on average. There had been rumors of some people questioning how Nguyen’s game got to the top of the app charts, with some people going as far as to suggest he “gamed” the system somehow. Nguyen said:
"I respect other people's opinions about my games. I am sure I didn't cheat anything, and I don't have to do that."
There was yet another batch of people who believed this was all a publicity stunt, where he’d bring the game back and make even more money from it. As for now, Nguyen officially pulled the plug on the game Sunday afternoon around 1 p.m. EST. However, Flappy Bird game download or install guides exist for Kindle Fire HD and other Android devices, so it appears some people will still get to tap and flap the small bird through pipes. Otherwise, gamers can check out Nguyen’s other games such as Shuriken Block, Smashing Kitty and Super Ball Juggling, or try one of the many imitations of Flappy Bird sitting on the app stores.
Mobile gamers, are you upset at the Flappy Bird game being removed by Nguyen? Is there another game you prefer to it right now?