Developer Pulling Popular Flappy Bird Game

Saturday, 08 Feb 2014 04:31 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Flappy Bird's success is too much for its creator, so he's taking down his game within 22 hours, he said Saturday.

"I cannot take this anymore," Dong Nguyen said in a Twitter message in light of a hectic week in which the game's popularity spiked on iTunes and Google Play and raised questions  about whether the Vietnamese developer ripped off most of its graphics and effects from Nintendo's Super Mario game.

Nguyen said he was removing the free download from Apple's App Store and Google Play, USA Today reports. He does not plan to sell the game.

"It is not anything related to legal issues," Nguyen said later on Twitter. He gave no other explanation for his decision. "I just cannot keep it anymore."

Flappy Bird, in which players tap a screen to guide a small bird through a maze of pipes without crashing, was the most popular game on the iPhone and Android platforms last month.

The game, known for its high degree of difficulty, brings in $50,000 a day in advertising revenue for Nguyen, according to news reports, and he said on Twitter this week that news reports were "overrating" the success of Flappy Bird and his other titles.

"It is something I never want," he said in the tweet. "Please give me peace."

But some critics question whether Flappy Bird resembles Super Mario in some aspects.

"Both the pipes and the titular bird are nearly identical to assets found in past Mario games," said Erik Kain for Forbes. "Same for some of the sound effects and backgrounds.

"Indeed, it’s all so perfectly obvious one might chalk the whole thing up as an homage to classic Nintendo games."

Nintendo has not announced whether it would pursue legal action in the matter.

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