By Morgan Krueger
The world was shocked to hear of Flappy Bird’s passing. The reasoning behind its demise, however, may surprise some.
The creator of Flappy Bird is a Vietnamese developer named Dong Nguyen. He is the one who made the decision to pull his game from stores.
The game already had over 50 million downloads. Its pop-advertisements alone were earning Nguyen fifty thousand dollars every day.
Despite the major money the game was pulling in, Flappy Bird had veered from its creator’s original intention.
Flappy Bird was made to be played when “you are relaxed,” according to Nguyen. But with the game’s quick spike in popularity, and its frustrating difficulty, the game quickly became addictive.
Nguyen said the game was ruining his “simple life.” When the game was first released Nguyen’s high score was 40, according to businessinsider.com which is why players received a platinum medal when they reach forty points. However, Nguyen’s high score is over 200, and he usually scores in the range of 150, according to his tweets.
“I think it has become a problem,” Nguyen said in a Forbes interview. “My life has not been as comfortable as it was before. I couldn’t sleep.”
For those wondering if the game will make a comeback, Nguyen said, “I have thought it through … It’s gone forever.”
Nguyen also designed the games Shuriken Block and Super Ball Juggling, both of which have been in the App Store’s Top 20 list of games. Nguyen has stated he will continue to design games.
While Flappy Bird is no longer up for sale, people who bought the game prior to its discontinuation still have it on their phones. This created a new market overnight for people willing to purchase iPhones that already have Flappy Bird on them in order to feed their addiction.
There are other options available that attempt to piggy-back on Flappy Bird’s design and fame.
Fall Out Boy will be making a parody app. It will be available on Android and iOS, according to ibtimes.com. The game is called Fall Out Bird, and it was supposedly coded in one day. Whether that is an impressive feat or a lack of design effort users will have to decide.
Another possible replacement for Flappy Bird is the game Splashy Fish, which has similar graphics and design. The biggest difference is that users will be controlling a fish instead of a bird.