One Flappy Bird hack that many be looking for soon is how to download the app online now that the creator is canceling the popular game. There’s also speculation that a Flappy Bird lawsuit may be coming down the pipe…
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the creator of the Flappy Bird game revealed he was making $50,000 a day from web-based advertising revenue. Dong Nguyen credits his success to the game’s combination of simplicity and challenge:
“The reason Flappy Bird is so popular is that it happens to be something different from mobile games today, and is a really good game to compete against each other. People in the same classroom can play and compete easily because [Flappy Bird] is simple to learn, but you need skill to get a high score.”
Without warning, Nguyen says he’s removing Flappy Bird from both the Android and iOS store:
“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.”
This means the deadline for your last Flappy Bird download is Sunday morning, or February 9. For latecomers, one set of Flappy Bird tips and tricks I can give you is how to download and install the game manually for Android devices. Whenever you install an app on Android it’s using what is called an APK file. So you can download the Flappy Bird APK file from one of several websites onto your PC. You then transfer the file to your SD card on your Android phone. From there, you can use an APK installer app from the store to load up the game.
If you’re looking for Flappy Bird cheats to modify your high score, or make it easier to dodge the pipes, I’d suggest following this link. Just be warned they require a rooted Android or a jail broken iPhone. Also, I’d be wary of downloading any cheating apps that are not available via the app stores since it’s possible viruses can be spread that way. My recommendation is to be certain a third party app is safe to install by checking with other users who may have taken the risk before you.
Why, Flappy Bird… Why?
Still, why would Nguyen remove a popular game that stands to make him millions? The Los Angeles Times speculate that “Nguyen may have boosted the game’s popularity using fake accounts to help Flappy Bird’s rankings.” But others wonder if a Flappy Bird lawsuit is in the works. After all, it’s rather obvious that Flappy Bird heavily borrowed from the famous Mario Bros. pipes, never mind the coin sound effects. But some people might not be aware the basic gameplay mimics a 2011 game called Piou Piou that also happened to feature a big-lipped bird dodging between objects.
This won’t be the last copycat now that Flappy Bird was a success. Just like how there were many Angry Bird clones there will be Flappy Bird clones flapping their way to stores now. One such game is called Ironpants and features an 8-bit superhero flying through the city and avoiding crates.
One indie video game developer we spoke to finds this type of behavior detestable:
“Frustrating as h*ll. Right now the cell phone market is definitely set up so that the only real way to make a sustained profit is to ditch your morals by either ripping off other people’s work, harassing your customers with a never ending barrage of ads, calling the game ‘free to play’ while charging for gameplay or trying to patent/copyright individual words so you can sue creative competition out of existence.”
Do you think a Flappy Bird lawsuit would be legitimate or is this just the derivative nature of video games and gameplay?