Flappy Bird Game Will Return to App Stores in August, Creator Says

Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:50 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Flappy Bird is coming back.

The popular app game, which was pulled from the market in February and closely resembled Nintendo's Super Mario game, will be returning in August, according to its creator Dong Nguyen.

Having just months earlier said Flappy Bird was "gone forever," Nguyen told CNBC late Wednesday that he hopes to have the game back in app stores by the end of the summer.

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Though Nguyen did not address whether or not Flappy Bird would be redesigned in its relaunch, the app creator said that his time away from the spotlight convinced him to retool his mega-hit before proceeding with making more app games, The Washington Post reported.

Flappy Bird soared to the top of most-downloaded lists for both the iPhone and Android platforms earlier in the year due in large part to its simple yet addictive format in which players simply tap the screen to guide the little bird through a maze of pipes.

The game was reportedly raking in $50,000 a day before the Vietnamese developer suddenly pulled it from app stores in the first week of February.

In an interview with The Verge before the game was pulled from the market, Nguyen said, "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," Nguyen added.

Despite it striking resemblance to Nintendo's Super Mario game, as demonstrated by the tweet below, Nguyen insisted his decision to pull the game was not based on legal issues, writing on Twitter, "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."

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Nguyen instead attributed his decision to pull the game due to the stress caused by critics comparing the two, writing on Twitter, "I cannot take this anymore," before he announced the end of the game.

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