The death of Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird, the app that rose to fame overnight, is now permanently grounded. Despite its debut in the App Store during May 2013, Flappy Bird only became popular in the past few months. The creator of the app, Nguyễn Hà Đông, announced on Twitter, “I am sorry Flappy Bird users. 22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore.”

When you search for Flappy Bird now, all you’ll come up with is a long list of knock-offs and tips for the game. The app itself has been completely erased. According to several sources, the game was pulling in $50,000+ in revenue daily from the banner ads.

The reason the app was pulled from the stores is up for speculation, but the most likely explanation is the amount of twitter bashing Đông received. Nguyễn Hà Đông’s Twitter account @dongatory has been inundated with comments for the past several months ranging from how terrible the game is to how evil of a person it takes to create “this monster of game.” The game is officially gone. But a new, harder game has shown up. In the game Ironpants the controls are similar to Flappy Bird, but it is 100 percent harder and 200 percent more frustrating. For those who were addicted to Flappy Bird, I advise you to curb your addiction with Ironpants.

It is literally game over for Flappy Bird. Graphic by Jake Fulmer.
It is literally game over for Flappy Bird. Graphic by Jake Fulmer.