Flappy Bird, the hit game for devices which allowed users to navigate a cartoon bird through endless sets of pipes, returns. It is still a favorite among youngsters over a month after it was withdrawn in February. There will be much flapping among children once again though, as the Flappy Bird creator, Dong Nguyen, has officially confirmed the re-release of the immensely popular game, according to WhaTech.
Nguyen originally removed Flappy Bird because he felt it was ruining his life. The International Business Times reported that that announcement came not long after a Chicago teen allegedly killed his brother over the game.
The game also caused a controversy among gaming critics after some accused it of looking too similar to Mario’s world. People questioned on social media if copyright concerns were the actual reason that Flappy Bird was taken down. One viral YouTube video epitomized both the addictive nature and the controversy of Flappy Bird.
Legal issues were confirmed to not be an issue by the game’s creator, and some accusers have since apologized publicly. Other rumors ran rampant on social media after Flappy Bird creator pulled the game’s plug. The buzz included much more than the false claim that Nguyen was getting sued by Mario Brothers’ developers. People also claimed that the creator had killed himself because of the stress of developing such an enormous hit. They claimed that people were so furious that he stopped the game that he was getting death threats. None of these rumors were true though.
The Guardian reports that besides Flappy Bird, Minecraft, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, are the most popular among British children. Children and adults were still passing their time on their devices that had Flappy Bird already installed despite it disappearing from Google Play and the Android store. Meanwhile, devices with the game installed were amazingly being sold for thousands of dollars.
While it’s uncertain if all of the purchases and bids were genuine, The Telegraph reported at the time, “The devices being sold will be linked to their owner’s app account, meaning those who purchase them to specifically play the game may run into difficulty.” That didn’t stop the Flappy Bird madness though. Over 1000 Flappy Bird clones surfaced while Flappy Bird was regaining health, and mobile gaming changed forever.
Nguyen felt he was getting ripped off by all the copy cat games. Finally, Dong tweeted, “definitely bringing Flappy Bird back, but with the re-release of the app will come a warning: Please take a break.” Now, it’s April 1st, Flappy Bird is again causing a stir, and parents are left wondering with all the Flappy Bird drama, joke’s on who?