The Flappy Bird phenomenon is best described as something so crazy, it could really only happen on the App Store. Seemingly out of nowhere, Flappy Bird dethroned the top free charts which previously had been locked up for months (or more, actually) with the likes of Candy Crush [Free], Clash of Clans [Free] and the standard array of must-have apps that for whatever reason just don't come pre-loaded in iOS like Facebook [Free] and YouTube [Free] pretty much glued to their respective positions on the top ten.

Well, as we posted yesterday, the developer tweeted that he was going to take Flappy Bird down in 22 hours, as he "cannot take this anymore." Since then, that tweet has been retweeted nearly 124,000 times as of this writing, truly kicking Flappy Bird mania into overdrive. The internet went crazy with speculation, with some suggesting this is a publicity stunt, and others curious if he was going to follow through with it, but it seems that as of a few moments ago all traces of Flappy Bird have vanished from both Google Play and the US App Store.

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As to why he did it, this comment on Reddit is about the best synopsis of what I believe has happened. It seems like if you followed Dong Nguyen's twitter throughout the explosion of Flappy Bird, it wasn't something he expected, or wanted. What remains to be seen is whether or not the removal of Flappy Bird provides any sort of reprieve for Nguyen, who has been incessantly harassed since the announcement. Searching Twitter for "@dongatory" combined with nearly any expletive or racial/sexual slur results in a incredibly depressing barrage of attacks at the Vietnamese developer.

What's next for Flappy Bird? Who knows, but judging by the way the App Store typically works, there's not going to be any shortage of Flappy Bird-likes on the horizon. Ironpants [Free] slides up to the #1 free game with the removal of Flappy Bird, and I'm sure the painfully difficult but infinitely replayable style of game that Flappy Bird did such a fantastic job of popularizing will be at the forefront of the App Store release cycle for quite some time as developers try to capture even a fraction of Flappy Bird's leftover success.

  • cloudpuff

    It's still showing on the uk one.

    Out of curiosity when a game is removed will the ads and leaderboards etc still work? Have always wondered that.

    • JudoBeatz | T3RBMG

      Yes ads and leaderboards will still work and he will still get paid for everyone playing on his apps even though they were removed from downloading

      • darksidedanger

        I'm glad I got the update before this. This is probably a foretelling of things to come this year. Sad how the world has gotten since the internet. People can be jerks cause their not showing their face and then that infiltrates society in the way they start to feel closed off from the community at large. It's hard to explain and sad to think about. Everyone should be nice and have piece and love and want to do good for themselves and everyone around them cause we are connected and not separate like "they" want us to believe.

  • Poo

    Good! I feel bad for how people are treating him...

    • TheCurrentGamer

      Is it gaming culture or Internet culture fueling the insane outpouring of hate for this guy? It perhaps both? Then again many people have always been cruel.

      • Poo

        I would guess more internet culture since it's a casual game and ignorance is rampant on the net. He has my utmost respect for his views on his games and sticking to them. A true artist.

      • mclifford82

        It's internet culture. Gaming has been around long enough without this kind of nonsense. I guess it's just too difficult for people to believe someone just wants to make games and keep his sanity. Which is weird since developers are notoriously introverted.

      • 61050

        i was going to go with human nature crossed with mob mentality with a little bit of spoiled rotten arrogance thrown in for good measure. or we can blame the internet too, but the net is simply content curated by humanity. i realize that there is a ton of underlying psychology involved, but "sorry i was an asshole, the internet made me do it" just doesnt cut it for me.

      • iammane

        Definitely Internet culture because most people I know talking about this are non gamers..

      • DoctorFedora

        Both! Internet culture is the source of the outraged sense of entitlement, and gamer culture is where the casual hate speech is coming from.

      • Terry Sabine

        I wouldn't want the whole world playing with my flappy bird either, who can blame him?

  • Cleafus

    Crazy stuff.

  • Megagator

    What a shame. Both for aspiring devs in rising countries, and on the collective stupidity of the "gaming" community.

  • Bones00

    Thank goodness I didn't download it before he took it down.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      What does this even mean? You're happy you missed out on a fun game?

      • Leeabe51

        Overhyped unoriginal game you mean?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        What a glass half empty way to look at things.

      • jamarohn

        Also looking at the bark of a tree and complaining about its texture while the forest is burning all around.

      • Leeabe51

        Nah, people go nuts over Candy Crush as well, doesn't mean I am missing anything or I should care about it. Far better games out there to play and talk about.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        You understand that there's more than just the game itself that made Flappy Bird very special, right? It seems like a horrifyingly ignorant stance to simply dismiss the game without taking into account the historical and cultural significance of a title made by a Vietnamese developer no one has ever heard of before and have it turn into such a worldwide viral sensation overnight?

      • SkyrimMaster

        Cultural and Historical significance?

      • Leeabe51

        Yeah, I really don't care. It's an game, not a particularly interesting or good one. Will be forgotten in 6 months. Congrats to the maker on the money he made.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        You really don't follow or understand the iOS world if you think this is true. People still analyze the success of Trism.

      • your personal robot

        Take away all the hype that TA also helps fueling, the game still is sh*t by all measurements you can take into account. Only One for example is a first game by one guy as well, a little indie masterpiece. And even a slightest comparison between both apps would be a slap in the face of all the hard work Only One's dev but into his creation. But hype is fun, and brings discussion, of course. The game itself stays crap. As do many of the biggest hollywood hits or a daily gossip newspaper. Successful, but crap. Don't blame people for staying true to the art they spend their free time with. I don't like the hate on the poor dev, but I understand and stand behind the hate on that crappy little game Flappy Bird was.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        What a sad life.

      • KevinS

        How does "your personal robot" saying he doesn't like the game means he has a "sad life" He says he thinks the hate on the dev is wrong. Different people like different things. Not following the crowd and only talking about what the media says is popular means you probably have a very nice life. Not everyone on the world likes the same things, and suggesting someone is less than you for what they choose to like is wrong.

      • Azure

        It's fine if you dislike a game. The issue is when you feel like you must constantly remind everyone how bad a game is. Any logical person will just ignore you because they'll check the game out for themselves before committing to anything. Just give a review, a rating, and move on. Anything else is a waste of energy because it's going to fall on deaf ears because quite frankly, the right people who should be hearing what you have to say aren't going to care because you seem like some hysterical madman.

        Following the crowd implies you're a sheep who can't think for their own. Is that what you're implying yourself to be? You hate flappy birds? Ok. But, are you hating flappy bird because other people are and you don't want to feel left out, or do you hate it for your own personal reasons?

        I dare to neither like or dislike flappy birds simply because other people said so. I'll formulate my own opinion free of bias.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I was more referring to choosing to invest energy in rampant negativity, but, OK.

      • KevinS

        If negativity didn't exist nothing in the world would ever change. Why bother innovating or improving something if people would only ever say stuff positive about it? I try to let negativity make me stronger. :)

      • XboxOne

        @Eli Hodapp your life is sad. Thinking a played out, annoying game is a good game. Sheep.

      • Phoen1x1

        You may think it is bad, heck maybe it is bad I don't know as I didn't bother to download it. But my nephew, who has a PS4 and an Xbox 360 both in his room has not been able to put the game down ever since he downloaded it on Friday. He just keeps picking that phone up and sits there for an hour at a time playing it. It may not be a masterpiece but it certainly has that frustrating time-wasting quality about it that makes it popular.

      • XboxOne

        For young people this game is fun then.

      • Azure

        Edit: I'm not attacking you. Just extending your thought with my own thoughts on the matter. The 2nd paragraph is a little different though.

        Ignoring how good or bad a game actually is, why do people feel the need to visually bash a game so passionately? You hate a game? Ok? Are you trying to convince me to hate it as well? If so, you havnen't accomplished that. While I might have no interest in the game, I don't hate it. None of these hateful posts are doing a very good job of telling me why I should dislike Flappy Bird.

        As for your comparison between the apps of Flappy Bird and Only One, that's a slap to the face of devs who have created simple popular games besides Flappy Birds. Jetpack and Ski Safari are unbelievably simple games, so why don't you slap the creators of those? Because they contain extra features whereas Flappy Bird doesn't really contain much.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        This is a first. I've heard justification.. But now we have a movie on our hands! I can't wait! People want to believe. Please enlighten us - what else do you know of this developer? Come on man, really?

      • Terry Sabine

        That's because everyone likes to play with their flappy bird is why!

      • blakedaking

        Agree with leabbe. I played it for 2 minutes and deleted. It is pretty much "Helicopter" except with obstacles and constant tapping

      • TheCurrentGamer

        I know I am having a blast competing with my little brother playing the game. I hope the gaming community does right by Nguyen. I still wonder what the hell happened.

      • ikari_paul

        This game was "fun"? We clearly have different definitions of what fun means

      • XboxOne

        How was this game fun? You like other people don't know real games.

      • Themostunclean

        God I'm sick of these self proclaimed "game experts" online that think they're the only ones in the world who understand what a "real" game is. Just let people like what they like. You have no control over it and it doesn't affect you in any way.

        I've neither played or been tempted to play "flappy bird" but the amount of people acting like complete jackasses over it is ludicrous.

      • XboxOne

        Yet you're crying.

      • Themostunclean

        That attempt at an insult makes no sense. If pointing out that you sound like an elitist snob in that comment means in crying, then yes I am.

      • XboxOne

        You must be 10.

      • abodi

        Troll

      • XboxOne

        yeah I'm a troll for not liking this clone game.

      • lavenders2

        No you are a troll for attempting to provoke a negative response and making baseless remarks (one guy has a legit opinion and your rebuttal is to say he is crying?)

      • XboxOne

        Is he not upset about the truth I wrote?

      • SkyrimMaster

        You mean your "Opinion" ever heard of the word? Everyone has one, and not everyone agrees to yours.

      • XboxOne

        I could care less.

  • koryc

    Wow!i guess the flappy flew off.we all did a great job at teaching him how to fly

  • Thawkk

    inb4 conspiracy theories

  • sdefranco1

    Good riddance- the game sucks anyway.
    It has horrible controls and is impossible to play.

    • OMGitsShan

      Tell us how you really feel.

  • GrumpyM

    Wow, I didn't realize the TouchArcade community was so "I love to hate what's cool." Flappy bird is a fun game, and it's completely free, no IAP, no nothing. It also happened to go viral, which is a good thing. Aren't you glad it's a flappy bird and not another farmville/candy crush/freemium timer-laden pay-to-win effort?

    Just enjoy it for what it was - a fun game that's simple and isn't trying to be any more than that. All the "good riddance" nonsense makes me shake my head ... I had no idea we were so anti-cool here.

    • nini

      More seem to be saying good riddance as in good for the dev getting away from unwanted attention rather than the trugamers who'll tell you it's not a proper game though it was more of a pure distilled game than any of the games they'd hold up as worthy.

      Doesn't matter, they'll still be there losing their shit over casual gamers, all IAPs benign or not and generally acting like the gamer community I've come to know.

  • Tim

    Such a shame as it really is a great game and Ironpants is so terrible

    • grammatonfeather

      Just wondering what's great about a one life game that's overly difficult? The mechanics are overly simple and the game is unimaginative. That people think its great just shows how easily people are entertained by what is essentially junk.

      • Weewoo312

        I really don't know what you would expect from a free game created by a developer who didn't want it to be this popular. It's made to be a two minute time-waster, and people enjoy it because of the satisfaction they get from beating their high score.

        Now if you will excuse me I'm gonna go curse at my screen some more.

      • Tim

        Controls are tight, graphics are charming, it's easily accessible, not too easy, but if you die, you have only yourself to blame. Begs for that 'one more try'. A game can be simple AND great. Maybe it's because I grew up on Atari and NES. I'll never play a Candy Crush and I hate games like Angry Birds. This game has some of the same appeal as Tiny Wings, just a very well designed game. I'll admit I played it a couple times and deleted it because I thought it was too hard, but spend more than 2 minutes on it and it's very easy to consistently get 20-40 points, going beyond that takes a lot of concentration

      • dancj

        Really? It took me half an hour to get 13 - which I still haven't beaten.

  • Chq

    I think the world can be as beautiful as it is without Flappy.

  • Double

    Damn, look at this thread. I'm glad everyone in the TA community will be able to go on with their lives now that this 'Bird'en as been lifted.

    #thehateisreal smh

    • Randy6T9

      Did u guys see that? Blink and you'll miss it.

  • paulf58

    What is with the hate? What is wrong with these people? Give your heads a shake and stop harassing him

  • Kane

    A sad day... Who else agrees? I was hoping for more flappy mania

  • Himanshu Modi

    expletive and racial slurs???!!! Why in the world? for making a game? It's just so easy to ignore if you don't like it. Human beings are becoming crazy!

    • timmis6010

      Becoming?

    • NinjaKitteh

      Where in all the posts above yours were there racial slurs? I'm having trouble finding them...

  • grammatonfeather

    It should have been called crappy bird. Good he's removed it.

    • blackhawkn11

      Ignorant

    • Weewoo312

      Wow I have never heard that one before. Good one!

      /s

  • Th3R3n3gad3

    Yay, more candy crush... :(

  • Kane

    R.I.P. Fappy Bird - 2014 / 2014

    • maomaoyinpei

      Actually is 2013-2014

  • InfectiousRed

    Amazing how horrible games become so popular on the App Store.

  • David L Craddock

    What a diva. Why not just take a break from the computer for a little while? Removing the game won't change anything. He said he intends to keep making games; now press and fans will move in to follow him more closely.

  • Captnflem

    Juggling is from the same guy :)

  • blackhawkn11

    It is curious that he would update the game, and proceed to take it down just a few days later.

    • mclifford82

      I'd imagine the update was pending Apple's approval when he made the decision. It certainly didn't look like the update of someone that was going to pull it.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Evidence?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        He put effort into the update versus just saying F it?

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Sarcasm...

      • Poo

        From what he was saying on his twitter it sounded like he was trying to respond to everyone and make everyone happy with the game which is impossible and would feel like a nightmare.

      • mclifford82

        Sorry, I can't provide you evidence from my imagination, which is where I said I got that idea. Calm down bro.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Calm down? Haha

      • Randy6T9

        Nice comeback! Burned that fool. Won't be seeing him/her again, I hope.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        You mad bro?

      • Randy6T9

        Sarcasm…

        I really could just say that, couldn't I? I really like your technique, it's clever. Very trolly and totally just gets you off the hook for just about anything you could possibly say in any situation. It's like saying, "I didn't really mean it and you should have known better. You mad bro? Come at me!" I think the part that really makes it work is that most people wouldn't put that much time and effort into randomly baiting someone, so they just assume you are being genuine. If you have any other tricks, let me see them. I love to learn useful techniques that fit everywhere like this one.

        I'll start after this last genuine comment. Truth is I wasn't being sarcastic. That's unfortunate, because that would've been very funny and brilliant. What really happened is I truly enjoy watching people just make a fool of themselves in a way that makes you think, "that guy is just so full of himself, that he is his own worst enemy".

        At first, it appeared as though that was what happened here. It "looked like" you completely glossed over the use of the word "imagine" and jumped to conclusions of how this other guy was spreading holy propaganda. It seemed like you were the type of guy that eagerly steps in to defend what you believe to be the truth.

        Little did I know, you were baiting him in with a kind of "stealthy sarcasm". Ultimately, you sir, get the last laugh… of the day. But I have picked up your tricks and perhaps others have too. I don't think it will work twice. I must admit though. I can't shake this feeling that I may be be wrong about that too. Teach me more.

  • ikari_paul

    Expect him to now to team up with fellow drama queen Phil Fish

    Maybe they can then again pay some bots to artificially get to the nr1 spot, like nguyen did with flappy

    • mclifford82

      Evidence?

      • ikari_paul

        The guy launches the game in may, nothing until now, and then a huge spike in downloads. Think what tou want, ill do the same

        Just the fact that the art and gameplay were stolen from other games is bad enough

    • blackhawkn11

      If he had wanted the #1 spot, his app would still be on the App Store. Or am I missing something? XD bots

      • ikari_paul

        Maybe he is about to launch something else... And all this is just publicity

        That said, im not the only one thinking that he artificially bought the downloads. If you dont, you dont

  • shdwstar2417

    I still don't understand the logic of this all. Isnt it a developers understanding that there is a possibility that there game might get popular ? So making a game that everyone enjoys would make you pull it ?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      When you take into account the number of apps on the App Store, the number of developers submitting things daily, and the limited number of slots in the top charts, the expectation of success of Flappy Bird is less likely than your actual real-world statistical chances of literally getting struck by lightning during your life.

      So, no, not really.

      • bobehm

        Lightning made of money.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    Dev makes game. Six months later, game gets insane popularity in Dec 2013 without marketing. Dev takes game down two months later because of insane popularity. Dev says he will continue to make games on App Store?

  • iVaro

    Forgive them Lord. They know not what they do

  • Amenbrother

    Why all the hate for this guy anyway? What did he do?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Released a video game.

      • Kane

        People got jealous of his success. I wonder if they'd say the same thing if that was their own game, which was kind of a side project that just blew up

      • theryanlilo

        Personally, I would never create such a mindless game. It's this type of game that represents how dumbed down society has become.

      • blakedaking

        Look ma' when I tap bird flys

      • Salt Abdullah

        You know the "kids these days" statement originated in Aristotle's time. Society's always been "dumbed down" because that's the bell curve. The plebs have always been plebs. The outliers fall on either side of the curve. Mindless junk always appeals to the masses - especially free junk. Look at P.T. Barnum's side shows - they attracted the low-common-demomentator - or public executions in the Dark Ages.

      • theryanlilo

        Try reading an original Shakespeare play or even Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights - just two examples of what was once considered normal reading/vocabulary for society. Nowadays, you won't find too many youths or adults that are able to comprehend those types of books and vocabulary. Why is this? We're too busy being dumbed down by Flappy Bird and reality television. Of course the cultures before us didn't have TV, radio, and the internet.

      • NinjaKitteh

        This is also why most major newspapers are written at a sixth grade reading level. This country has low expectations. Unfortunately.

      • Salt Abdullah

        Wuthering Heights was my favourite book. I always identified with Heathcliffe. I still go back to it. It's a künstlerroman and a book that help define me as a person. Kids don't read those books anymore. If they can't fap to it or poke it with a stick it ain't worth it to 'em

      • Amenbrother

        Thats sad man.

    • M M

      He made a bad, cheap game that infringed on Nintendo and had to take it down.

  • hellomybaby

    Sounds like this dong is rather an emotionally retarded person. He should grow a pair.

    • Kane

      He's richer than you lol

      • blakedaking

        Your reply makes no sense Kane. What does him being rich have to do with the original comment of this guy being overly emotional?

  • LORE

    Is this guy still getting money from ads? Last night there was 80,000 reviews on appstore and today 150,000. Maybe he thinks he'll get more money from taking it down

  • parranoya

    It was pulled in 22 hours because Nintendo gave him 24 hours to do so. They own the pipe graphic. He stole their pixel art. That is why his story makes no sense. Nobody know who he is...he is not recognized on sight. As in the eternal words of Judge Judy " If is does not make sense it is not true!"

    • blakedaking

      I don't think you can own a "pipe graphic" unless it is trade marked. Even so, they could replace the pipes with a brick wall, unless someone owns that graphic too

      • NinjaKitteh

        Actually you can't own the "gameplay" of a game. However, you can in fact own all the art and music assets from any game. So technically, since the pipes are pixel for pixel copies of the pipes from SMB, Nintendo would have a case. Not that I think they'd really care.

  • Goggles789

    Of all the stupid things on the App Store to get attention...this is by far the least important set of news articles ever.

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    I'd really like to see an article investigate the fact that he suspiciously posted on Twitter that "it's not a legal issue" when clearly it is.
    Nguyen didn't remove the app because it was disrupting his quiet, peaceful life. He was probably threatened by the gaming giant Nintendo. The game clearly emulates the pipes from Mario, and even went so far as to use the Super Mario Bros. coin sound and the Super Mario 64 sound effect for when Mario does a kick and flip off of something as the "flapping". It's no coincidence, guys.
    I enjoy the game as much as the next person, but I knew as soon as I opened the app that it was going to get removed from the App Store. Nintendo refuses to share, and I don't think they're going to start now. Remember what happened to Mole Kart (which I still have)?
    And for all you whiners, it's not exactly an original game. There are and will be clones of it, I promise. Anyone remember Helicopter? Same thing, dude. Yeah, it was fun and addictive and the first of its kind to make an appearance on charts like it did, but keep in mind that kind of power is in gamers' hands. Go find another one and make it great. Mourn, cut your losses, and move on. Shoo shoo!

  • terryterryd

    I wonder if it will return, but incorporating an IAP system.

  • Arcite

    So he must have raked in well over a million $$$, hope he hires some protection.

  • Himmat Singh

    How ironic his other game is now 4th on the rankings!

    • Arcite

      Some might say this was planned.... Oh well, good on him for gaming the system. ;)

  • senoo

    Still up in Sweden. And still dont get all the hype. The game sucks!

    • M M

      It's awful and rips off other games.

  • blakedaking

    I do not understand the logic. You make a game that people enjoy and it is creating a buzz and making you money. But it is too much? Developers pray for their games to create a buzz and is enjoyed.

    Here is a solution to the creator... Secretary....I am not here, take a message. Oh they some how got my cell #... Verizon... Change my number please.

    • M M

      Exactly. Kinda makes me want to slap the guy for complaining that he's too popular...

  • Alexythimia23

    I think its a great underdog success story that gives hope to all budding developers that you can really create a phenomenon of a game with minimal expense, so for that i can respect it as there are some great developers out there with some amazing ideas just waiting for an opportunity. But for me, from what i saw it had the same mechanics as badlands with the hovering via button bashing, but i would not even download it for free, its just not what i want for a gaming experience. Just looks terrible and simply there are better games for killing time for free on the Appstore, but that said its still crazy how it just come out of nowhere to hit no 1 on the charts! Like gangnam style craze in app form lol

  • falco

    Its not a surprise, the name "birds" is really popular...

  • falco

    The game is fun ok but come on what I don't like is the guy make millions easy because of the ads in this little game Its not how it should be. Imagine if everyone makes crappy games like this with full of ads everyone will be millionaires today ?

    • Salt Abdullah

      You can always make an 8-bit game with ads and put it in the app store for free. If it's good enough you'll make millions too. I don't see the problem. The public always decides who gets rich and who doesn't.

      • falco

        I understand.

      • Jake7905

        There are plenty of great games that will never come close to reaching financial success of Flappy Bird. Popularity isn't always a sign of quality, and an individual's wealth doesn't always represent the quality of their work.

  • witedahlia

    It was an ok game. But I downloaded iCopter again and I'm enjoying it. It might fill the void for some of you who are really upset about this.

  • salvee

    I thought the concept and interface were really simple and well executed. Who says it has to be complicated or elaborate or have a storyline or live up to some "gaming standard" to be a good game. It was pong for 2014.

  • nini

    To be honest, I just love the conspiracy theories springing up around this.

    • Jake7905

      There was definitely a second shooter.

  • cuw

    The gaming community and self proclaimed "gamers" are probably the worst people on the Internet. If you can't understand why calling something someone put time and effort into worthless and awful while you sit around and just consume whatever blockbuster game you think is "true to your roots" you might want to reevaluate your priorities. It's amazing that this guy got harassed and I have no doubt it was a lot of harassment because this isn't the first time things like this have happened.

    Can you guys just maybe decide to not like a thing and then keep it to yourself? No one cares that you don't like it and sitting around circle jerking about how bad a dev he is or how it's a conspiracy to get views is just amazingly jaded. If your professional life followed you home everyday and harassed you do you think you would keep it up?

    No one, and I really want to emphasize this no one cares that you don't like things. Being a negative dickwad to everything you don't like and celebrating others misfortunes is a terrible way to live your life even if you only do it on the anonymous Internet. It's amazing how people can say I don't like transformers without bothering Michael Bay but the second you step
    into man child infested gaming the decorum of being a civil human being is gone.

    • falco

      True but we are free to say what we think and share our thought you know. The big games today are not necessarily the best.

    • Buzzit

      If you want to criticise via long-winded missive then you would do well not to generalise or at least engage your brain before waffling.

    • NinjaKitteh

      Actually Michael Bay had a ton of people inundate his Twitter and what have you about how nut-crunchingly stupid and horrible the Transformers movies were. So much so he had to defend himself a lot when given a chance in interviews. Not sure where you got that everyone left him in peace because it was anything but.

  • Salt Abdullah

    A challenge to my fellow TouchArcaders. Find the next Flappy Bird. You know it exists out there. Flappy Bird was released in June 2013 and had less than 10 reviews. It exploded just recently - so I'm wondering if the next Flappy Bird is just sitting there in cryostasis for us to explore? Or did Dong just get busted for botting his app?

  • Buzzit

    While I think FB is utter garbage, I also appreciate that there is a market for this - especially amongst groups of young males who need a quick game to play to match scores and then beat up and ridicule whoever got the lowest - that is hours and hours of mobile fun.

  • Jake7905

    Though the Flappy Bird hype isn't new, the dev's decision to pull the app has created more hype then ever before, having the exact opposite effect then the dev intended. Dong is either a marketing genius or the Forrest Gump of the gaming world, unintentionally building wealth and infamy.

    • Olip96

      The thing is that the hype overflow will likely end in 2 or 3 days.

    • Himmat Singh

      He was being hounded by relatives, friends, his employer, landlord and local gangs in his native Vietnam. All because he let lose the fact he earns 50k a day. He had no other choice.

    • Derprozess

      This is the best comment a read in long long time :)

  • spokentruths772

    It's still on android play store so I'm good

  • sokae

    Flappy bird is actually really fun game and as long as you don't care about getting high score and just play to kill some times, its really enjoyable. Sad to see how people can make such a big problem over a games.....

  • GenerallyEpic

    It makes me sick to think that people are calling a guy racial slurs because he took a free app off of the App Store. Like, wow.

  • HateBit

    Why are you people so worried what somebody else thinks about a game. Y'all react as if somebody was making a personal attack on you when they give an opinion. And Eli I really appreciate all you do and don't think you deserve any of the attacks on you from some of these ridiculous commenters. These comments are just hard to read, people need to have a little humility.

  • the fish

    Oh no! I deleted it and now it's gone forever? DX

  • http://www.onebagtravel.com/ OneBagTravel

    He Dong goof'd.

  • seinfeld95

    Referring to the ensuing backlash from removing the app, I want you to know that I fri66in called it.
    I am apparently smarter than a game developer.

  • bored2death

    Where is our hope for humanity now if we can't even go seconds without lashing out at each other.I give up on humans. I'm going to have make like flappy bird and fly away from all this hating.

  • bored2death

    Also if you hate the game...hate it but don't go insult a mans dignity all over the internet and attacking him with racial and sexual slurs. It's not right. Plus there are plenty of worser games on the AppStore that haven't seen the light of this much negativity or should I say hate & racism?

  • blakedaking

    Funny that the only result of this game coming down is that the clones or copies of this game are getting more downloads. When you are hot you are hot...

  • nicoper

    I feel sorry for him and can completely understand his choice to remove flappy bird, maybe he will reupload it when the hype is over.

  • Terry Sabine

    Stick your flappy bird in your a$$!