Flappy Bird Mania Is Over


Flappy Bird is gone from the iTunes and Android App Stores, ending a remarkable run of profitable fortune for creator Dong Nguyen. While we weathered storms of criticisms all over the Internets, he should be content he made so much money.

It’s easy to form an opinion on Flappy Bird if you’ve played it. It’s frighteningly simple: tap the screen to make the bird float through gaps between Mario-esque green pipes. However, the game’s difficulty and imperfections is either notorious or praise-worthy.

If there’s any secret to its success, I’d say it’s that bone-crunching sound effect of fail that begs the gamer to try just one time.

Staying patient and keeping a good rhythm are the only pieces of advice to anyone still trying to figure the game out. Flappy Bird is a game for players with steady nerves and steady fingers. With some practice, you could be on your way to winning the bronze (10 gaps), silver (20), gold (30), and platinum (40) medels. If I, a gamer of universally middling skill, can do it, you can too:

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Getting my high score of 42 and earning the shiny platinum medal was thrilling.

While I won’t debate Flappy Bird’s lack of innovation, I give Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo props for acknowledging and removing the sensationalist title of one of their Flappy Bird articles.

Much has been made about that article we ran last Thursday, which originally was headlined “Flappy Bird Is Making $50,000 A Day Off Ripped Art.” The word “ripped” was too strong, and the article’s author has come to regret it. I do, too, and wished I’d caught it. The headline’s been changed since then.

I respect Nguyen’s decision not to charge anything for the game, but he is missing a HUGE merchandising opportunity that could be the next Pac-Man Fever. Or even Angry Birds. Or maybe he’s having pangs of guilt.

What was your best score (no hax, plz) on Flappy Bird?

Author: Clarence

Webmaster, editor, writer of Red-Headed Mule. RHM was founded in 2011. Currently is liking British TV better than U.S. TV, mayhaps.