In tweets Saturday, February 8, Don Nguyen, creator of the insanely popular game app “Flappy Bird,” revealed his intentions to take the game off app stores. The Hanoi based developer has been programming for ten years, but never thought the game would take off like it did. Said Nguyen on Twitter, “…I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” He also does not intend to sell “Flappy Bird,” despite its popularity and social media attention. “People are overusing my app,” tweeted Nguyen. “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’… a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”
Since its creation, Flappy Bird has generated feelings of both love and hate from its many users. The game is simple yet seemingly impossible to do well in. College students to elementary-aged kids around the world have been engrossed as the game spread like wildfire through social media and word-of-mouth.
Nguyen undoubtedly has had trolls plaguing his inbox and timeline, so the removal is understandable. The creator maintains classiness by replying to fans who give good reviews of the game, despite the amount of attention from trolls and haters. He also confirmed the removal has nothing to do with legal issues.
It will not be “game over” for the developer, however, as he plans to make more games. On his website dotgears.com, the independent company states, “Everything is pure, extremely hard and incredibly fun to play,” so users can expect future games from Nguyen to be of the same simple, retro style and graphics. Included in .GEARS’ list of available games are “Smashing Kitty,” “Droplet Shuffle,” “Shuriken Block,” “Ninjas Assault,” and “Super Juggling,” which is also a top download on app stores.