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Flappy Bird taken down: App creator removes addictive smartphone hit from app store
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The Independent - 11 February 2014

Richard Osley Sunday 09 February 2014

Flappy Bird taken down: App creator removes addictive smartphone hit from app store

But don't worry - the game is still available to play if you have already downloaded it.
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A A A Email Addictive and irritating in equal measure, Flappy Bird has proved to be a surprise hit in the competitive mobile phone game market, attracting more than 50 million downloads and hooking users into a time-consuming challenge now renowned for its difficulty.

In a series of tweets yesterday, Vietnam based Dong Nguyen told fans of the game: “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore. It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask. And I still make games.” The timing of his messages would map out an apparent deadline of early on Sunday evening.

Sure enough, at 5.15pm the game became unavailable to download - first appearing on the app store with an error message, then gone from search results altogether.

Nguyen had previously suggested that his life had become overrun by the success of the game, which has achieved a global following despite its basic graphics – often likened to the old Mario Nintendo games – and simple premise of flying a bird past a sequence of pipe obstacles. The revenue from advertising in the game, which is free to download for iOS and Android users, has been estimated at close to £30,000 a day

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