When Flappy Bird left the Play Store and Apple's App Store, it left a vacuum. And since it was pulled, that vacuum has been pulling in all kinds of lint, in the form of knockoffs, clones, or games that simply want to use Flappy Bird's success as promotion for their own games.

It would seem, though, that Google (along with Apple) has begun taking steps to prevent the store from becoming overrun with such entries. As Tech Crunch reports, multiple developers have complained that Google Play, the Appstore, or both have rejected their recent Flappy efforts, multiple times in some instances.

Even as Google and Apple take action against a few late-comers to the Flappy party, there is still a lot of work to be done. A cursory search of the Play Store reveals a flood of Flappy clones that have yet to be taken down, including Flappy Fish, Flappy Fins, Flappy Tappy, Flappy Pig, Flappy Cupid, Flappy Bee, Flappy Troll, Flappy Doge, Flappy Flying, Flappy Crow, Flappy Hipster, Flappy Plane, Flappy Hungry Shark (points for adding one word to the title), Flappy Crocodile, Flappy Soccer, and plenty more, for a total of approximately 250 Flappy Somethings in Play's search results, all flapping desperately for attention.

According to developer Ken Carpenter (cited above), Google did not provide any warning before yanking his game Flappy Dragon. As Tech Crunch reports, Google cited the Play Store's "spam" policy as the reason for taking down the listing. Carpenter explains:

The message they sent me simply referenced the ‘spam’ provision of the Google Play terms and did not specifically call out what my transgression was.

Google's action here may seem inconsistent, but we can only hope that this is the beginning of a more uniform and fair action against the myriad clone games flooding the market. Since, at the time of writing, it's a weekend, Google is unlikely to respond to requests for comment until at least tomorrow, but we will update the post if and when Google offers an official statement.

Source: Tech Crunch

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.

  • dan

    Happy that Google finally did this. I hope they do something to remove all the spam apps in the play store. There might not be a lot of them but they can be found with a little effort.

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      Oh, and since they are doing that, why not leave just one mahjong, sudoku and what else.. let's have just one choice of genre

      • pghahaha

        Do we really want to make weaving your way through pipes a genre?

        • Leonardo Farage Freitas

          For me it's no different than a simple runner.. But my point is that there is no reason for what the stores are doing. I mean, if there is people wanting to play, why not let? What is so different on flappy bird that it's rip-offs are blocked and other rip-offs aren't?

  • Danny365

    Do you think they will reject my Angry Flappy Bird Saga game? It's totally original!!1

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Might want to rename it to something like Where's My Angry Flappy Bird Crush Saga Hero Blitz vs Zombies. Just to be safe.

      • wakeboarder125

        Is it bad that I really want to make that game now?

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          Yes. It's bad. And you're a bad person. Stop having bad unoriginal thoughts you bad bad copycat! :)

          • Leonardo Farage Freitas

            I would say a game where he would blend all these games together could turn into something very original :P

          • Heather David

            There might not be a lot of them but they can be found with a little effort.

      • Matthew Fleisher

        My zombie ate your flappy bird for dinner.

      • Roger Siegenthaler

        I think you missed a reference to Clash of Clans there :P

        • UndergroundWire

          Angry Flappy Granny Apple Clash of Zombie vs Plants Crushing Candys

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          Ah you're right. Fixed.

      • jesuguru

        Too late to make an AP-themed version? FlAPpy Police?

      • OnMy2ndGP

        Add "Run" to the end and then it's perfect.

    • halkun

      here's a better way: flapmmo.com

  • Fry

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      • J.

        Sweet man! That totally looks legit, the irregular characters don't discredit the already tall tale at all!

  • Krzysztof Bryk

    funny like those submiting flappybird clones call themselves DEV's - just like on @xdadevelopers =]

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      care to define a developer?

  • outadoc

    Thank you, Google. Thank you.

    • fuhrer

      I'd prefer google REJECT all games with IAP..

      • Milind Shah

        Some iaps actually are okay :/ but yeah most of them are bad

  • PhineasJW


  • Guest

    I would ban reject all of the stupid clones and ban Gameloft completely. Disgusting. Every second game on the Play store is a crap copy of something else.

  • Askaryan

    I would reject all of these clones and ban Gameloft completely. Every second game on the Play store is just some crappy copy. I dont fell sorry for these people at all.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Uh what does Gameloft have to do with this?

      • Leonardo Farage Freitas

        it's games are all rip-offs from console/pc games, I guess that's what he is ranting about.

        • Askaryan

          Yes, Gameloft is built upon the concept of copying. They are the most disgusting Developers/Publisher. Even EA is better than that.

  • fredphoesh

    CLONES???? Flappy Bird was HARDLY original!!!! Sheesh, I have been seeing games just like it for many, many years.

    • rolo143

      Name one.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Calling games Flappy Bird clones does not suggest that Flappy Bird itself was one-of-a-kind. The fact that the games all have "Flappy" in the name connects them as Flappy Bird clones, not clones of whatever game(s) Flappy Bird was influenced by.

      • Avalos


  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Flappy Me Too Me Too!

  • Jaime

    I'm gonna be the ultimate troll and submit a game called Flappy CANDY.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Or Flappy Candy Bird Saga

    • abobobilly

      KiNG is gonna be pissed.

  • Android Developer

    I hope I won't be sorry to ask this, but why exactly do you people think it's ok to remove apps just because their names have the word "flappy" ?
    Didn't we have this discussion against "King" company who wanted to trademark "candy" and all were against this act?
    Why restriction against "flappy" is ok, but against "candy" it's not?
    The game was even removed by the developer.
    Is it the case of underdog-developer vs large company?

    I think the whole naming restrictions is out of control. Everyone takes it to anywhere they want, instead of just letting all games to be free of naming restrictions.

    Clones are bad? This game is itself a clone of so many other games. it only changed the graphics and made it super hard... Oldest game which is similar to this (that I remember) was a helicopter that flies in caves for some reason. That was ages ago...

    • abobobilly

      Interesting to see a rational thinker here. Its a clear cut Discrimination on Google's part. I won't see myself "appreciating" this effort of theirs, unless they start doing it with all those "Spam" and low-grade apps as well.

      • EowynCarter

        It's probably the flood that caused google's reaction.

        Well, as long as we can easily sideload apps, i'm all in favor for cleaning the play store.

    • fuhrer

      Maybe they do this to prevent spreading of malicious app,
      or, perhaps they already frustrated with lots of malicious app named "flappy".

      Hacker can easily create another 'flappy' game, only to ask your credits card and/or install exploits on your phone.

      • Dmitri Smirnov

        So, hackers don't exploit any other app, just the one with the name "flappy" in it? How about getting "bouncer" to work properly, add more permission controls (into the hands of user, not the app) and let the market decide. If "flappy" is the hot topic now - let people submit apps and make money off of it (not like Google doesn't get 30% cut from any deals), so I don't see how's forbidding apps is going to help.

  • abobobilly

    Color me Flappy.

  • Bruno

    They're taking them off because the real flappy birds is coming back, Flappy Birds 2, The first one was taken out because the dev wanted more publicity, so he could make more money. The version 2 will have the same game play but will include some great updates like,
    More pipes. And also, Pipes, and different pipes that looks like pipes.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Or it could be a game where you're a big green pipe and you have to fly between several small birds.

  • Yuku Sugianto

    I published "Burung Kepak temen Flappy Bird" which means "Flappy Bird, a friend of Flappy Bird" in Indonesian. It was suspended in just 2 hours after submission. Fortunately my dev account is not suspended.

    Later I published again the game as "Burung Kepak" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thnkld.burungkidal.app and the description does not contain any Flappy or Bird. It works. (This is just for fun. Nothing to see there except the bird is left-handed.)

    About "a total of approximately 250 Flappy Somethings in Play's search results" on the article, I think 250 is the limit of the search results in Play Store. Probably there are much more.

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

    Good, we have enough shovelware on the plat store already.

  • ginobili

    Pajarito aleteador :D

    • Jaime

      LOL good one 😊

  • AH Phan

    Thanks goodness there's already Flappy Sperm clones on Google Play before the ban hammer struck!!

  • John Smith

    Pro tip:
    [CTRL]-[H] Flappy -> Floppy


  • dave1964b

    You're not telling the real story. These apps weren't yanked for being "flappy games". If you check the google play store, there are several "flappy ghost" apps and "flappy dragon" apps available for download right now. If anyone's account was CLOSED there is a lot more too it than simply calling an app "flappy". The developer probably has a history of simply copying apps or violating copyrights.

  • http://www.alexmob.com.br alexpfb

    I made one:


    I try a lot of flappy bird clones, 95% is not good. mine is good. the gameplay is enjoyable like or more the original.

    I try to put flappy in another similar game I made and get reject too. I want to know if I mention flappy bird on description of game (and dont in the title) it will get reject too?