Developer Pulls Flappy Bird From App Store, Play Store
Article by George Norman
On 11 Feb 2014
Flappy Bird, the hit game that everyone is talking about, has been pulled from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. If you already have the game, you can still play it. But if you don’t have it and you want to get it, you can no longer get it from the App Store or Play Store.

Nguyen Ha Dong, the creator of the Flappy Bird game, said that the immensely popular game ruined his “simple life” and that is why he took the game down. In an exclusive interview with Forbes, he added that he pulled the game because it became an addictive product.


The hit mobile game at the moment is the addicting and more than a bit frustrating Flappy Bird. But just as quickly as the game became a hit, it has been pulled from app stores. You would think that a game that was played by millions and earned about $50,000 a day in revenue through in-game advertising would not be pulled. But that is precisely what the game’s developer did.

Nguyen Ha Dong pulled the game from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

Nguyen Ha Dong announced via Twitter that the game “ruins my simple life”, adding that “now I hate it.” He made sure to specify that his decision to take down the game had nothing to do with legal issues. In an exclusive interview with Forbes, he added that the game became and addictive product and a problem - the way to fix that problem was to pull the game.

Regardless of the reason, the simple truth of the matter is that the hit Flappy Bird game is no longer available for download. iPhone users can no longer get it from the App Store and Android users can no longer get it from the Play Store. You can still play it if you got it, but you just can’t get it from these app stores anymore.

Unsurprisingly, clones of the game flooded the app stores. Clumsy Bird, Flappy Fish, Flappy Plane, and Flappy Bee are some of the titles that offer the same type of gameplay as Flappy Bird.

Also unsurprisingly, the game is available on several websites, probably hosted without permission from the game creator. You can play Flappy bird online, in your browser, at, Flappy,, and more

Here’s the bit that is surprising. As mentioned above, you can still play Flappy Bird if the game is installed on your smartphone. Some people decided to auction their smartphones online – devices with the Flappy Bird game installed on them go for ludicrous amounts. People ask thousands of dollars for iPhones with Flappy Bird installed on them.

Tags: Flappy Bird, game, app, Apple, Google, iPhone, iOS, App Store, Android, Play Store
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