The Flappy Bird Controversy & How To Still Play It Free [iOS / Android / PC]

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Flappy Bird is a mobile game that was released by an indie developer and kept it very, very simple. Players are challenged with guiding a bird through pipes that have very exact collision detection. The controls are equally precise, meaning that every single tap is going to give the player the same exact amount of flap. There are no other factors to the game at all, meaning that this game could become an obsession for purely skill-based players who want to push their mind to the limits of human concentration.

The title began making headlines, mainly as players found it ridiculously simple – even too simple. Most people considered it a joke of a game. Most of the headlines out there and word of mouth spreading was something like, “Hey guys, look at this terrible game I found. Can you believe some guy got rich off of this piece of crap?” or “Wow I hate this game but I can’t stop playing it”.

In any event, whether you love or hate Flappy Bird, it cannot be denied that the title had become a viral hit overnight. Then more headlines came in, this time the creator had announced that he would remove the mobile game from Android and iOS app stores completely because fame had ruined his life. I’ll have to admit, I did not believe he would actually do it – I thought for sure this was some sort of publicity stunt to gain even more reputation for his brand, games, and self. I was wrong, the game is in fact removed from the app stores and although players who had downloaded it can still keep it on their phones and play it more – no new players can download it. The creator has added to his statement about fame ruining his life, saying that the game was meant to be a fun pick-up-and-play title for when people are bored or relaxed. Instead it became an obsession, or as he has labelled it, “an addiction”.

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To add to the strangeness of this situation, the developer replies to those who say he has made a big mistake by taking the game down. After announcing that he was making over $50,000 a day in ad revenue from the title’s in-game advertisements (it was downloaded over 50 million times), Dong Nguyen has told the world that he didn’t make a mistake removing the game and he now knows what he wants to do… whatever that means (hopefully release some type of new game, even if with a fake name to avoid the fame effect).

Flappy Bird has made a big mark and brought up a lot of topics like how simple can a game be before it’s considered a rip off? Even though the creator has removed it from existence, its effect on the industry remains. A group of indie game developers have even created a Flappy Bird Game Jam called Flappy Jam. This game jam consists of titles inspired by Flappy Bird and shows that the original idea did have something done right, since it had so many people addicted. The simplicity is a good thing in some ways, but maybe one or two more interesting features would have redeemed it from being labelled a scam.

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Just in case you still haven’t gotten to play the game and want to, here are links below guiding you on where to get it and how to install it now that it cannot be obtained through the legit Android / iOS stores.

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Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20140211 and was last modified on 20140211 .