Yesterday, Dong Nguyen, creator of the bewildering smash hit Flappy Bird, announced via Twitter that he would be taking Flappy Bird down a day later.

The tweet has, of course, fueled endless speculation over the past 24 hours - after all, why would the creator of a game that's apparently racking up $50,000 per day in ad revenue suddenly pull the plug? While we may never (and likely don't need to) know the true answer, one fact is evident - Flappy Bird has been taken offline.


It's important to note that those who have already installed Flappy Bird can continue to infuriate (and perhaps, for a fleeting moment, gratify) themselves with the hopelessly beak-heavy pixel bird, but those who haven't already installed the game will be left out (unless they want to take a chance with the myriad knock-offs on the Play Store). If on the other hand you hate Flappy Bird, you can take out your frustration with the web-based Squishy Bird.

The game's creator has given no evidence that the game will ever return, but does reassure Twitter followers "...I still make games."

Source: Google Play Store

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Youri


  • 34sda

    Nice try to to get more 'views' on this sittuation and make more $$ later or now because people will download it from other sources...

    Well played

  • Austin Peachey

    We still have the APK.

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao


  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    Has he taken it off the iOS app store too?
    Or is this another part of the "exclusive, US only, iOS only, California only" load of shit?

    • Tomáš Petrík

      It's pulled from everywhere. Even the article's title says it.

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        Oh thank God, then!

  • Ryan Callihan

    Come on, Dong. The internet is forever.

  • blakjakdavy

    If you look at the leaderboards it's pretty clear some ppl have found a hack allowing them to post scores in the multimillions.

  • Manuel

    i can still download it..

    • Ricardo Kummel

      Same here, no issues what so ever.

    • iDarKz

      It's still available in France too.

      • Chris Lambert

        Available in the UK too.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Try this link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotgears.flappybird in an incognito window - it should 404. If you've already downloaded the game once, you will still be able to access it when logged into your account.

      • iDarKz

        Ok, thank you for this information :D

  • Jalok Xlem

    I don't get why a stupid game like that is so popular. Is it because it is "free"? The only "mobile" game that I find addicting is Knife that Guy. Everyone has their guilty pleasures.
    Still no one is able to beat my score of 9,147,750! My longest survival time was 14 minutes.

    • Himmat Singh

      There are rumours the dev gamed the App Store rankings by getting bots to download the game, but those are just rumours for now.

    • Sax

      9,147,750 in 14 minutes would mean 10,890 pipes/sec. I guess your bird was using nitro :P

      • Evan Knofsky

        He wasn't talking about Flappy Bird for that score

  • Ricardo Neves

    He can't take the laughing anymore, he's having stomach cramps :P

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Flappy Doge is where it's at! http://www.dogetek.co/game/

  • DJ SPY

    Android community to the rescue! Someone post the APK!

  • ScottColbert

    People are judging him from a Western point of view, which only serves to generate cynicism, and the greed is good mentality. Success for everyone means different things. The The game dev is from Vietnam, and I know from experience, the Vietnamese culture values many things more than money.

    He reminds me of the lottery winners who get a large dum of money in an instant, and end up wishing they'd never won.

    • Bluewall

      Fair enough but why did he put ads then ?

      • ScottColbert

        You're assuming he knew it would take off like it did. Very few free games are ad free.

        • Bluewall

          I meant, if he did not value money because of the vietnamese culture, why did he put ads in the first place ?
          The purpose was clearly to win money.

          • ScottColbert

            If that were true he wouldn't have pulled it.

          • DoubleP90

            If this was the case he could have just removed the ads

          • thermoplastics

            Also, why the 22 hour advance notice? If he doesn't like the popularity he is receiving why give advance notice as to cause a huge media blitz? He could have just pulled it with no fanfare or announcement and been done with it. Frankly the whole scenario seems pretty odd.

          • Venkat

            This might be simply an effort to whet our appetite by pulling it off now and make us eagerly wait for his next game. Now every body knows him after this pull off. Good publicity indeed. Great marketing trick.

          • Adam

            PLEASE stop talking out of your arse.

          • Markoff

            he is still getting ad revenue even after he pulled it out of stores, maybe 50K USD per day is just enough for him :-)

          • Pierre Gardin

            Yeah, he was probably very surprised to make profit from his for-profit company.

            Most probably he forgot to pay his taxes and the government forced him to remove the app.

          • Firehawkws7

            Wait, what?? Most people can cope with what happens when given a large sum of money. Whether it's smart or stupid what they do, they still can cope and know what they're going to do with it.

            I'm sorry, but 50K a day is worth any headache it comes with.

            After the first couple weeks, the people go back in to the woodwork, especially if you tell the first people to fuck off.

            You have a very jaded, simplistic, and shut in view of the world and societies.

      • navjot

        Not valuing money above other things is not the same thing as not wanting any profits at all. From what I've heard, the amount of money he was making would have made him a target among those that know him in Vietnam. He probably doesn't want to deal with that. Making the amount of money he was making probably isn't worth dealing with all that for him.

    • Detonation

      Saw this comment on reddit, posted by someone who had lived in Vietnam.

      "I got a feeling everyone wants a piece of him and people are coming out of the wood work asking for money, Vietnam is very money orientated and no doubt his personal life is being effected. I also wonder if the gov or local police are blackmailing him. Shit like that does happen over there."

      Kind of contradicts your statement, but also makes a lot of sense

      • ScottColbert

        That hasn't been my experience, and reddit is as reliable as wikipedia. Can only share my experience and what I know.

        • jazoom

          Wikipedia is one of the most reliable things on the internet. How many other sites are open to scrutiny and correction by everyone?

          • Marc Edwards

            how many other mediums are open to abuse and censorship?

          • Martha John

            I'll gladly take all the heat and whatever he doesn't like, fame, fortune, notoriety, etc for him.

          • Ray

            Unless you're prepared to stick them tits in my face, fuck off you spamming slut!!!

          • ew

            I dont know. All of them?

            How many can be be corrected by anyone? Wikipedia.

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        • Eric Jones

          Are reddit and Wikipedia more reliable than some stranger posting comments on Android Police?

      • Mocca

        Reading your comment, if that's how things goes in his country, then it would be wise if he never pull the plug.

        Imagine one teenager upset upon realizing his favorite game is no longer available, then he choose to 'visit' the developer personally...

        ..sorry I can't continue, too scary to imagine the worst thing might happen..

        • Aquele carinha lá

          Well, one thing I know for sure:
          If your favorite game ever is Flappy Bird, there's some things called "guns" that were supposed to be aimed at your head right now.

    • BillyB

      "Vietnamese culture values many things more than money" Seems you know nothing about the Vietnamese culture at all.

    • jesuguru

      Can't speak for Vietnam, but as someone who has lived and worked for years in China, greed and money-worship is hardly an exclusively "Western point of view".

      • Markoff

        yeah the guy is funny, probably never been in Asia, I am living in China and never saw any more materialistic/money oriented nation

        • Da_James

          In the USA, when u're dating, the conversation usually go pretty fast around your credit score...

          • Markoff

            you should really visit china, one of the first questions when meeting foreigner is how much you earn and other background questions, but anyway this doesn't speak much about cultural difference implanted in brains of these competetive people, they are just consuming all the time since they know nothing else to do in their life, they got rich with success of china too fast and now they don't know anything else than where to spend these money

            can't spak about vietnam but from what I experienced there as foreigner you will meet only money oriented people who wants to use you as walking ATM and they don't really care about your personality

          • Firehawkws7

            No it doesn't. If this is your experience, you need to start dating women who aren't high maintenance skanks.

    • Markoff

      it seems you never been in vietnam, been there and reality is completely contradicting, it's ultracapitalist country where everyone tries to rip you off, didn't meet this behaviour anywhere, coming to Cambodia from there was like heaven. prices in Vietnam are quite low but it get really annoying that basically anywhere you buy anything everyone try to rip you off from real prices so in the end you end up asking for price customers and not the seller
      if you don't have this experience you are living in ignorance not realizing how they ripped you off everywhere if you have been there at least which I doubt

      • http://ralphchastain.com/ Ralph Chastain

        Well, you haven't been to America then. Everyone rips you off and steals your crap if you don't lock your doors.

        • Markoff

          did I wrote something about Americans or what's your point (if there is any)?

    • Pierre Gardin

      In between meditating on the futility of life and Buddhist prayers, the guy had time to pay for a few thousand App Store reviews.

  • Zyre

    You can still download it here in the Netherlands. But even then i don't mind it as i saved the 1.3 apk on my PC.

  • Lee Dewis

    just download it from aptoide or blackmarket alpha

  • TheUndertaker21

    bullshit decision

    • ScottColbert

      Ignorant opinion.

      • David Margolin

        Useless comment

        • Vasilis K.

          Another useless comment

          • TheUndertaker21

            not as much as your shit mustache bitch

          • Vasilis K.

            And another useless comment, by a useless user.

          • TheUndertaker21

            hahaha, GO FUCK YOURSELF my friend. =D, you look like a one who just got out from the prison, may be you have mental illness, who knows. hahaha

          • Vasilis K.

            You're right. And maybe it'd be a good idea to go back to prison, right after I @##$%$% you and your whole family! :D

          • TheUndertaker21

            really ?? you really can do nothing BITCH, I will FUCK YOU first, then your family, seems you like RAPING, hahahah so funny MOTHERFUCKER

        • TheUndertaker21

          look at you kid , GET LOST

      • TheUndertaker21

        don't try to be hero by answering all opinions, OLD MAN!

  • Deeco

    Surely he still earns ad-revenue by sideloaded downloads?

  • Tiago Pestana

    What i hate the most is the amount of flappy bid ripoffs...is too damn high!!! they should be banned!!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Does that mean we can finally stop talking about Flappy Bird? https://plus.google.com/107797272029781254158/posts/HckwbtxVYpd

    • PhilNelwyn

      Oh, the irony...

  • Vitaly Streltsov

    Cmon, that's just a PR, nothing else.

  • Karlo

    Dunno i can still open that link provided and install game.
    Mybe its because i installed it previously.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Yes, if you've installed it already you'll still be able to see and install it in the future.

  • John McNichol

    Does it usually take a full day to remove a game from the app and play store?

  • lordmerovingian

    So can he sign over all the legal stuff and ownership to me then? I'll gladly take all the heat and whatever he doesn't like, fame, fortune, notoriety, etc for him.
    I have very thick skin...

    • mew2

      Yeah I can see from your profile image, thick skin indeed.. lol

  • SuperMario7

    I think people need to get some perspective on this. App developers aren't like fame hungry media whores that you see on reality TV. This is one man, with no media training suddenly thrust into the spotlight because of the unexpected success of this game, sure he's made some money but when you see celebrities flip out despite years of media training, is it any surprise that maybe all this constant chatter and media attention is too much for one man? Pretty much every tech blog and nearly every news media outlet on the planet is covering this story of the app being removed at the moment. It's quite likely that it's affected his mental health with the media attention he must be getting in Vietnam and "friends" "relatives" etc coming out of the woodwork

    • UnDaddy

      He should come to 'Murica then, he'll be rich!!

      He think taking his app down will solve the issue ? Nope.
      It can lead to more issue, making hardcore fans upset is way more dangerous.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    "but those who haven't already installed the game will be left out "

    How horrible that I will be left out because I didn't install it in time!

    • jesuguru

      So horrible you'll be reduced to sideloading an otherwise free app.

      • Wesley Modderkolk

        You obviously didn't get the joke

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I think I missed everything, but what's the whole deal about this game?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      It's an incredibly simple yet addicting game that suddenly exploded in popularity, and now it's gone. That's pretty much all.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        What, just like that? Without any real reason? Like, a lawsuit, a copyright claim, etc?, nothing like that? Just *POOF* and there it went?

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          He has said it was not due to legal issues. His tweets would seem to imply that the popularity, fame, controversy, and media coverage (and possible external factors in his life that aren't our business) contributed to the decision - it may have simply been too much.

  • Peter Garlinski

    Is he being sued at all? I dunno...seems like Nintendo would come after him for some of those graphics...if you ask me...

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      He has said on Twitter that the take-down is not because of legal issues, but who knows.

      • Pierre Gardin

        Could be a cease-and-desist letter from an company that made a few games with the same green pipes...

  • duke69111

    If he is not being sued, what a pu$$y. Suck it up, it will blow over in a month or so.

    Also, why continue making games if you cant handle the success from a major one.

  • OnMy2ndGP

    So who the APK for me to download? I want to see what all the fuss is about.

    • Sigmund

      Give me some hours to pull it from my phone and will upload it xD!

      • OnMy2ndGP

        Thanks. I'd appreciate that.

  • Ali -Pro

    Ever heard of APKs? Lool

  • harmsi

    Next is Flappy Cow ?

  • Felix Klein

    Still (or again?) online here in Austria...

    EDIT: Squishy Bird Record: 486 :P

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      If you've already installed it, the game will continue to appear in the play store when logged into your account.

      • Felix Klein

        Ah, seems just logical :)
        Thanks for clearing me up!

  • supremekizzle

    Looks like Flappy Bird's goose....
    ( •_•)>⌐■-■
    ...is cooked.

  • アドリアンタン郭華

    Just want to know if the ads in flappy bird still appears, if it does and I am him, I would gladly pull down the app and still earn revenue in the background

  • http://www.pixelheadstudios.net/ Charlie G.

    Lets be honest he saw horror he has created and now hates himself for it.

  • Egnimatic_Foolishness

    Wow... Commenters on this whole Flappy bird saga are the most heartless people I've seen. It doesn't matter why he pulled it, but if this guy is having issues dealing with anything that is coming due to this game, then it's his right and his right only to do what he wants to his property.

    None of us have the right or knowledge to comment on why he should or shouldn't do this. If he's stressed, then he's stressed. Nobody can take that stress off of him and tell him to keep making money, so let him do what he needs to do to be happy again.

    Disclaimer: I've never played or considered playing Flappy Bird, so if there's some life sustaining materials that you get from playing, then disregard anything I may have said.

    • Firehawkws7

      You're new to the internet, aren't you?

  • zlebors

    I'm still able to download.. screenshot was taken on Feb, 10th 2014 9:14am (GMT +7)

    • Himmat Singh

      That's cause you already downloaded it before, so the game is tied to your account for eternity.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • wef

    Oh no! One less crappy mobile game! Whatever shall we do?

  • lolosoyeah

    This remind me the book misery from Stephen King. Don gatory needs to kill the monster that created before it s too late

  • PixelPower

    http://androidfreegamesapps.forumotion.com/t471-smash-flappybird-for-android Yeah I feel for the guy since people who didnt like flappybird made games against him.

  • http://www.zwodnik.pl/ Zwodnik

    The game is still available as APK file through http://www.zwodnik.com/app/android/flappy-bird/ and other repositories like Aptoide

  • Tony

    Here is the instruction how to download and install flappy bird on android without google play: http://www.flappybirdhowto.com/. I have try and success

  • th2

    You can download from http://apk4you.com/?p=2132

  • Zomby2D

    And others are already trying to profit from the guys popularity. Shuriken Block 2 and Super Ball Juggling 2014 have appeared on the Play store with screenshots taken from the iOS version of this guy's other games. Comments already mentions adware and no game behind the ads.

  • RXG9

    the real question is where is the apk?

  • Person

    I never got the update

  • Danish Prakash

    FLAPPY BIRD FOREVER > http://flappybird.io/

  • Stephen Fronda

    Can anyone else still download the game? A friend and I noticed it's back in the appstore

  • Jane Gromnytska

    for fans
    i"m selling flappy bird by using apple id icloud
    for more info text me

  • Teverin

    Play online and download flappy bird http://www.9flappybird.com/ android or iOS application ;)

  • Aleksandr