Flappy Bird became one of the most important mobile games in history, overnight. You were playing it, I was playing it, and your mom was likely playing it. The game was taken down due to addiction issues and the toll it took on developer Dong Nguyen’s life.
Surely, making it big as an indie developer is no easy task. It has been nearly a year after Flappy Bird was taken down, last February. Have we totally forgotten about the amazingly hard game? Maybe it’s just that all that hair we pulled out of our heads finally grew back, but it seems like the industry has forgotten about the overnight sensation.
Oh, and if you lived under a rock last year, here’s a reminder of what Flappy Bird was all about:
Whatever happened with Flappy Bird?!
Last we heard was that Flappy Bird came back to the market, albeit only for amazon Fire TV users. It was also re-branded as Flappy Birds Family. It offered a new perspective at the game, including multi-player features and more obstacles.
Is this the change that Dong Nguyen was looking for? Well, he clearly made it less addictive. Or at least more exclusive, as it continues to be limited only to a select handful of users. The new app still hasn’t made it to Android and iOS. Furthermore, we haven’t heard a thing about Flappy Bird since the release of this new version of the game.
Pulling the game was not the right way to fight Flappy Bird addiction
This topic came to mind this weekend during my wild adventures. My friend was surprised to see Flappy Bird actually installed in my phone. I told her I happen to have downloaded it back when it was available, and if you download it once from the Google Play Store, you can re-download it whenever you want. The app stays saved in the “My Apps” section of the Google Play Store.
My friends and I then continued on to play the game for about half an hour, giving each other turns and seeing who could get a higher score. Then we simply decided it was enough and I put my phone back in my pocket. It was a fun game to play over some beers.
Now I realize Dong Nguyen likely didn’t need to pull the app from the Google Play Store for people to get out of their addiction. I had this game installed the whole time, but didn’t play it for months before this weekend. Nguyen just needed to let his game become a big of a passing fad. He had to give people time to get tired of the repetitive game. It would have happened eventually, as it did with me.
Now it’s a game I can pull out from time to time and laugh at how bad at it we all are.
Flappy Bird replacements
Now, we know many of you didn’t manage to download this app before it was taken down. If that is the case, you can still look into the many alternatives out there. We put together a video of our favorite ones almost a year ago. You can give it a watch right below.
What was your highest score?!
Now, let’s get melancholic and share our highest scores! I managed to make it up to 105. Hit the comments and let us know how well you did!