BgDe8zTCMAA7lY2I suppose it was only inevitable, but I'm not sure we expected this to happen so quickly. Following the removal of Flappy Bird this morning, games that rank highly in search results for "Flappy Bird" are absolutely rocketing up the iTunes charts. Worse yet, the game that's reaping the largest reward from being the first game that appears in the search, Flappy Bee [Free] is completely ripping its icon and game art from Bee Leader [$0.99], a similarly free game that we published a 4.5 star review for back when it was originally released early last year. Bee Leader developer Greg Harding already has contacted Apple, but has yet to hear back. Much like how Flappy Bird is going to be on financial cruise control for some time to come because of its large install base that's being served an advertisement on every retry, even if Flappy Bee is pulled down tomorrow, its ad revenue still will be significant for some time to come.

Flappy Bee has shifted a shocking 139 slots on the top 200 free listing, which puts it (as of this writing) at a solid #11. Similarly, Flappy Plane [Free] and Fly Birdie - Flappy Bird Flyer [Free] are flying up the charts at #19 and #24 respectively. With games like Fluffy vs Flappy Birds [Free] and Flying Flappy Unicorn Bird [Free] also having great placement for the search term "Flappy Bird," I feel like it's only a matter of time before they begin significantly charting as well.

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It's anyone's guess how long it'll take before Flappy Bird mania dies off, but with the I Want a Clone tumblr pointing out that freelance developer site Elance being absolutely loaded with different people straight up asking for direct clones, I have a feeling things are going to get way worse before they get better in the "doing everything we can to ride on the coat tails of Flappy Bird" arena that the App Store has become recently.

Update: Flappy Bee is now sitting at #5 top free four hours later.


  • Der-Kleine

    mobile gamers sure are looking for quality in their games...

    • Eli Hodapp

      I think it's more along the lines of people hearing about Flappy Bird in the last 24 hours, searching the App Store for it, and not knowing it's removed and assuming whoever told them about Flappy Bird meant Flappy Bee.

      Viral hits like this aren't about quality, they're about following up on what your friend told you or what you heard/read someone talking about.

      • James

        It's just the environment the platform provides. It's fun to watch because so many people have easy access that the sheer numbers are a neat representation of how the average person thinks (at least as far a what they do with their phone)

        Sure there is a great separate gaming audience amongst the crowd but unlike a console, the gaming crowd isn't everyone.

  • lr1919

    Just submitted my game 'Angry Flying Farting Flappy Bird Who Likes to Craft Zombie Doodles'

    • shadowphiar

      ... saga.

    • mutts

      .... Candy

      • lr1919

        Forgot about candy! My game is doomed.

      • mclifford82

        Hope you don't get sued for using that word.

    • Echoen

      ... 2015 Legendary Phoenix Edition-2

    • thiagovscoelho

      There's an actual iOS app called "asphalt dead wars motocross space star mega nose tiny earn angry year gangstar type strata temple infinity birds rider doctor to elite gravity duck airborne seasons pixel wipeout die run walk vegas wings minigore friends blade 2 oz 8 rio III Zombies II 3".

      Not sure if it was removed, but I copied the name when I found it (by searching for other things, of course) because it was so remarkable. The app is a mediocre bike game, referred to as "Super Stunt Biker" in the in-game title.

      • HansKaosu

        Its still there. just checked.. absurd name.

  • metalmandave83

    It still amazes me how a simple and horrible game like this can be so popular... All the games out there and this one became a hit?

    • JCho133

      That's 'Merica for ya

      • Tommi Zhihao Yu

        it aint only US.. the whole thing is burning up Europe too...

      • Themostunclean

        Bigoted comment much? This is an international phenomena, it's not confined to America.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Not that our standing in the international education rankings doesn't beg for 'Merica jokes. It's not hard to make the leap that the general populace here is full of mouth breathers.

    • paulf58

      It's simple, polished and challenging what'd hard to believe? That it's not your choice? Get over it

      • metalmandave83

        Relax cupcake.

    • JJE McManus

      It has everything to do with the phenomena of " viral" and word-of-mouth. It also has everything to do with anonymous on-line hating. Despite what nameless bravado you may read on the internet, few people are prepared to become an "overnight sensation". Hobbiest devs may hope or even plan for success but rarely are they prepared once lighting does strike.
      BioWare gets blindsided for one error in Mass Effect. Surely a mature company with such deep resources should be able to anticipate and manage consumer dissatisfaction but we all know that is not the case. What chance does one individual, whose talents likely lie closer to Programmer than Public Relations, have when everything starts turning sour?
      I'm sick of this whole thing. It wasn't a great game, just a bit of fun. I'm sick of the bullying that nobody seem to really want to stop. This incident doesn't rise to the level of suicides resulting from Jr High Facebook hazing but don't kid yourself, the mechanics are the same.

    • Suanko

      You could say the same about books, movies, music...

  • Kane

    2014 word of the year - Flappy

    • thiagovscoelho

      the year is barely started, what if by the end of the year we're all into "walky ant"

  • rich_952000

    I played Flappy Bird once and think this whole thing is overrated, weird and sad all wrapped up in a cloak of can we just move the fck on and get back to quality iOS gaming, please?

    • thiagovscoelho

      at least when subway surfers was the craze it was understandable amirite

  • lll Anubis lll

    Am I the only one who doesn't know what exactly flappy bird is? I know it's a game, but I never tried it or seen any screenshots of it.

    • Themostunclean

      Yes... yes you are.

      But it's only been like this for a short while so understandable if you've been pinned under a rock or otherwise preoccupied for the past week.

      • lll Anubis lll

        Don't diss my rock! It's comfy under there! On a serious note, I've had a chaotic past week so maybe that's why I missed it.

    • Brown Cow

      You're so cool. I wanna be cool like you.

    • bigjack66

      Well done you! I haven't either!

      • lll Anubis lll

        High five! We are completely out of touch with society!

  • Jake7905

    Let the Clone Wars commence.

    • bobehm

      That should be something like "begun this clone war has."

  • Kevin897

    Damn it people.

  • falco

    Good job guys congrats to all of you !

  • cloudpuff

    Flappy bees icon is taken from bee leader game. I knw it looked familiar but gov pointed it on the forums.

  • FIFTHSUN2012

    Touch arcade, I hate you (not really, I love you guys). I keep getting notifications, I open my favorite app and........flappy birds for the hundredth time. Let the bird die. Just let it go, it's okay.

    • Silent Rocco

      Or rename the site Flappy Arcade 😀

  • iammane

    Wait... Fappy Bird got pulled? Oh nm that's still there thank god..

  • FIFTHSUN2012

    Hey!! Now I really hate flappy bird. I tried to edit my earlier post and I hit the like button on my own post by accident. Who does that? Only an assclown likes their own posts. Here I am for the world to see, an assclown. Curse you flappy bird, die a slow miserable AppStore death. I could be reading about Tengami, Autumn Dynasty and Shadowmatic but no all I see is you. Hmmmm!...............Maybe I'll try you out.

  • paulf58

    Comments here make me question my account. So much misplaced anger and jealousy

    • Jake7905

      Welcome to the worldwide web.

    • nini

      Welcome to the online world of hardcore gamers, populated by internet tough guys who all think their interests are everyone's interests and what they hate is what everyone should hate. Problem is people aren't like them so they take any opportunity to prove their snobbery over anyone not like them by being overly critical, it's like hipsters but with gaming.

  • spader623

    As long as these games exist and are uber popular, mobile gaming will, in my opinion, never be thought of as a decent ecosystem of games. Which is sad, because there's some damn good, and simple, games that sometimes are even free.

    • Eli Hodapp

      That seems like an ignorant way to look at a rapidly evolving, incredibly diverse, massively interesting market. It's like using one hit wonder mega-popular boy bands as an example as why music will never have a decent ecosystem.

      The mass market likes dumb crap, and the existence of dumb crap doesn't have any impact on the good things in the same universe.

      • jared9876

        Your last paragraph made laugh so hard..... Not quite sure why but its true. The world likes dumb crap.

      • spader623

        It's not ME, who thinks that. I honestly used to, but after getting an iphone, and checking sites like this, I can find some really cool, and usually cheap or free, games. I'm saying the typical gamer will probably think that.

      • metvane

        Eli your comment is ignorant as far as music is concerned. For every mega pop hit there are more companies looking to sign the next Bieber, Britney or whoever instead of taking a risk on an artist who doesn't have as much mainstream appeal so actually the dumb stuff is hurting other artists.

        For mobile apps they are hurt because they are pushed further down the charts because Flappy and all the clones just take up all the space. The gaming crowd may seek quality games out but the mass crowd is just going to see the garbage everyone else is playing.

      • Michal "Hochy" Hochmajer

        Yup. You are right. On the other hand, after years of rule by Publishers, now combination of indenpendent media, crowd and easy development just led to inevitable end. Thats a good part. You are right, in some way, about "quality game", where many good games are lost and many bad ones are on the top. But first question is, what is good game (many times answered by Eli, so don't blame him for his previous post). Definitely it is not, what You like! No offense, I am old school gamer and have my own taste. Well I think, actual state now in Mobile Game Industry is OK as it will lead to one important thing. Part of this "crowd" will be bored by this "nonsence game stars" and will be searching for another games, which fit them better. But this "nonsence game stars" are really important, as they brings more people to the gaming. And when they really enjoy these games, I am happy for them.

        Agree with other people, that flappy bird case is just bubble, which shows many consequences. Which is great! Btw. When author of the flappy bird is really into "not to be harassed", he should just pull down his game in quietness and ignore all people. I fully undestand, how much cruel crowd is, but its up to the developer, if he is going onto the market. It is possible to make games almost anonymously in nowadays.

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  • Salt Abdullah

    Great artists steal - great devs just don't try lol.

  • audiotaku

    Eh... why hasn't flappy bee been pulled for blatant infringement of bee leader?

  • Perryrhodan

    A game difficult just because its unplayable (worst control or physics) is absolutly not enjoyable. With good physic and/or control and some challenge coming from other aspect of the gameplay, and I would have tell that Crappy Bird have the merit to be in the top chart... But thats not actually the case in my opinion.

    • mclifford82

      It's not unplayable at all. It's precise. It leaves no room for error. It's exactly like any carnival game like knocking over three milk jugs with one softball. Yeah, it looks easy, but most people fail at it. Why? They're made of cast iron and weigh a ton. But people keep on trying because it LOOKS EASY and because "I should (key word to repetition) be able to do this."

  • Perryrhodan

    You see I prefer simple game like Juggling from the same person or X-Baseball thant Crappy Bird.. Doh! Sorry Flappy Bird..

    I have x-baseball on my ipod for more that a year now and I still enjoy it.

    So i dont understand all this flappy bird craze but only some kind of viral marketing thing

  • Buzzit

    I hope Dong releases Floppy Dick next

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    • nini

      Yay, passive racism!

      • Buzzit

        Whatever - I used slang for a bit of wit - not racism fool.

  • vicsark

    This whole Flappy Bird story is totally nuts.
    It's really due to the global reach and mass market the mobile appstores offers now.
    Only there a lonely semi amateur developer in a third world country may reach tens of millions of people all over the world in a matter of weeks, just because his simple mobile game went viral.
    Bad thing is : it's still a jungle in this fast growing market.
    So the poor guy gets thousands of hate messages from consumers, hateful articles about how stupid his game is and a shame or a fraud it is for him to be #1, lawyers threatening to sue him because he used a green pipe seen 20 years ago in another game, salesman harrassing him for monetizing deals, journalists chasing the buzz, etc...

    I now want to see the Scorcese movie with DiCaprio playing Dong. Hopefully it doesn't end with him crazily flapping through the window.

    • Grits n Gravy

      Seeing how Dicaprio dies in every movie, it wouldn't end well for him...

  • Daddy-O-Gamer

    I thought the conspiracy posters were crazy. But after reading the reviews of some of these games it is clear something is going on. This is not just a case of people searching for a game and then downloading it and that moving the game up the charts.

    Somehow someone has found a way to exploit the charts or the review system. Why do I think that there is a Chinese warehouse full of old iPods being used to download and review these crap games for a hefty fee.

  • Alexythimia23

    Why did the flappy bird cross the road?

    To escape all the crazy morons downloading anything with flappy in it lol

    Come on guys lets hear some more crappy... I mean flappy bird crosses the road jokes ( best one gets flappy bee gifted to them )

  • bhornburg

    And the least common denominator wins again!

    I see in mobile gaming's future a flappy game by EA with huge timers to earn 'flaps', or buy 100 flaps (best value!) for 1,000,000 gems!

    And people really wonder why video games aren't considered art...

    • nini

      Lowest common denominator, least common would imply super obscure.

  • bigjack66

    Great that's all we need more retarded shit like this! Why should developers make all these high quality games when crap like this floats to the top of the charts. I guess why it's called shovelware because you need a shovel for shit!

  • jgainsbrugh

    I wish I knew how to Code. I would make a flappy something or other and carry on the Legend of Flappy Bird!

    • thiagovscoelho

      if I knew the same thing I would just try to help the developer of Piou Piou in getting it back on iOS

  • thiagovscoelho

    planes can't even flap wings

  • RegularStormy

    I'm surprised he didn't also pull Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block... I guess he doesn't hate money after all.

  • OneBagTravel

    People supporting any of these campy games should be flogged. A bandwagon title go viral and people flip out.

  • ryleylamarsh

    Just tried flappy bee. HORRIBLE

  • Diaboliq

    This is straight up disgusting that ppl are playing this garbage, let alone the number of "devs" rippin it off to make a quick buck off some dumb people.... I played flappy bird for literally 5 seconds and deleted it. For the morons in the world who can't think for themselves and must follow every trend to the tee, it's a sad day for you. Too bad it's not a good game that's popular.. How long before Candy Flap saga comes out!?

  • Dailion Ando

    And this is the motive to register words in game industry, because the people are literally ..... i will name my next game "estars guars".

  • Cilo

    I love how Dong is so ridden with fear of the mass attention he's received from Flappy Bird, and doesn't want to speak to any journalists regarding the game, and who's the second guy on twitter asking him for an interview after he removed the game from the app store . . . Eli hahaha

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  • Morphzeus

    I can't like any of this games!

  • HansKaosu


  • FIFTHSUN2012

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  • MrAlbum

    You know, I remember watching a kids cartoon about this boy whose friends got caught up in the latest trading card fad. By the time the boy had finally gotten into the fad himself, his friends had moved on to another fad.

    The lesson was that what people enjoy in the short term is fickle. So claiming doom and gloom on the state of the App Store after a week or so of the Flappy Bird craze is incredibly premature. It may become its own thing, it may not. There is no way to tell, except to wait for at LEAST a month, if not MUCH longer. If Flappy Bird clones are still around a year from now, then we can say that there is some kind of problem with the App Store model.

    • NinjaKitteh

      That was an excellent episode of South Park.

      • MrAlbum

        Really? I didn't realize, lol. I don't watch South Park; the cartoon I referenced above was something different. I don't really remember the name though. Maybe it WAS a South Park episode and I got it mixed up with something else....

  • Ph0lly

    Shows how smart you "mobile gamers" are.

    • nini

      Yes, we will flagellate ourselves with rusty knives for not worshiping at the altar of true gaming where 100% of games are great and first person shooters too, poor us.

  • amirpro

    Let the suckers keep downloading and paying for these games.
    Why should we (intelligent gamers) care?

  • Cleafus

    Now eBay is full of devices that have Flappy Bird installed on them.

  • mclifford82

    Does this signify that the advertising model in the app store is broken? I mean, the ad impressions you get in Flappy Bird are what, 3 seconds at most? I don't see how that's worth paying for.

    What's the conversion rate for these ads? 50k/day is a lot of money if you aren't actually making any of it back from purchases.

    This is a crazy world I can't seem to make sense of lol

  • mutts

    Funny to see flappy bee 6th on the hot new games list.

    • mutts

      On TA that is 🙂

  • Ronald Tan

    Flappy Shit

  • VidicPhan

    App great! play very fun but i want to share app like Flappy Bird is Flying Plane

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