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Flappy Bird Knockoffs Drive Android, Apple Storekeepers Cookoo

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 11:28 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The folks at Android and Apple are cracking down on all "flappy"-themed games created by developers hoping to capitalize on the virally addictive Flappy Bird model after the wildly successful game was yanked from app stores last week.

Flappy Bird, which soared suddenly to the top of most-downloaded lists for both the iPhone and Android platforms over the last few weeks, is almost stupidly simplistic — tap the screen to guide the little bird through a maze of pipes and be careful not to crash.

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The game was reportedly raking in $50,000 a day before Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen suddenly pulled it from app stores last week.

Now, the competition to become the next Flappy Bird is on with hundreds of knockoff games flooding both the Apple and Android markets. According to CNN, a search for the word "flappy" in the Google Play store Monday yielded 250 results ranging from "Flappy Fish" and "Flappy Troll" to "Flappy Cat" and even "Flappy Bieber," named for pop star Justin Bieber.

But Android and Apple are beginning to crack down on games attempting to rip off Flappy Bird's concept. Apple, in particular, is reportedly exercising extremely strict standards.

"An Apple spokesperson said that the company isn't simply rejecting games with 'flappy' in the name, but instead titles that are clearly trying to trick customers, making them think their app is replacing or associated with the original," tech site TheVerge.com reported.

Mind Juice Media developer Ken Carpenter, who is trying to jumpstart his game called Flappy Dragon, expressed his frustration over the new approval process on Twitter Friday.

"This is just not my f***ing week: Rejected. 'We found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app.' Which app? FB doesn't exist!?!?!"

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