What happened to Flappy Bird, the raging phenomenon that took 2013 by storm?

Just imagine it’s 2013. Summer vacations are on, and you’re chilling at your home drinking soda and waiting for your mom to give her iPhone so you can finally play Flappy Bird. The good old days, right? So, what really happened to our beloved game? Let’s take a look:

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Release

Developed by Dong Nguyen, a Vietnam based developer, and programmer, Flappy Bird was first released for iOS on May 24, 2013. The game was a side-scrolling mobile game where the player had to direct a flying bird, named Faby, which moved continuously to the right, between sets of Mario-like pipe.

Reception

The game was declared a disaster on the App Store upon its release. And it wasn’t until Pewdiepie reviewed it, that it became popular. The game eventually ended up topping the Free Apps chart in the US, UK, and China in January 2014 and was also the most downloaded App on App Store in January. As a result, the android version of the game was released on January 30, 2014, on the Google Play Store.

Discontinuation

On February 8, 2014, the game was suddenly removed from both Apple’s Play Store and Google Play with an announcement from Nguyen on Twitter.

Nguyen revealed the real reason for the removal of the game in an interview with Forbes. He said, “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”

Re-release

In March 2014, Nguyen promised the re-release of the game. Subsequently, a revised version of the game, Flappy Birds Family, was released exclusively on the Amazon AppStore for the Amazon Fire TV platform.

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You will be pleased to know that the game is still available for download via Amazon and on this website as well.

What happened to Flappy Bird, the raging phenomenon that took 2013 by storm?

So, go on. Relive your good old days and cure those lockdown blues of yours!