Flappy Bird developer confirms he’s bringing back the hit game

By , Mar 19, 2014

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Watch out Flappy Bird copycats, the original is making a comeback. Developer Dong Nguyen has confirmed with fans on Twitter that he is restoring his hit game to its rightful place in the App Store, although he hasn’t given a specific launch date.

Nguyen is also on hand at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and several developers and gamers that have run in to him at the event have said the same thing: that Flappy Bird will be making its highly-anticipated comeback…

Here’s one of Nguyen’s tweets via Gawker:

And here’s another tweet from developer Todd Moore:

At the height of its popularity, Flappy Bird was earning more than $50,000 per day in ad revenue. And even since it’s been pulled, the game still earns Nguyen a healthy amount of money thanks to the millions of people still playing FB on their devices.

So why put a stop to such a lucrative business? In an interview earlier this month, Nguyen told Rolling Stone that he pulled Flappy Bird from the App Store due to all of the unwanted attention, but he did mention he was considering bringing the game back.

Since taking Flappy Bird down, he says he’s felt “relief. I can’t go back to my life before, but I’m good now.” As for the future of his flapper, he’s still turning down offers to purchase the game. Nguyen refuses to compromise his independence. But will Flappy Bird ever fly again? “I’m considering it,” Nguyen says. He’s not working on a new version, but if he ever releases one it will come with a “warning,” he says: “Please take a break.”

Since the original was removed, thousands of Flappy Bird copycats have made their way into the App Store, and a handful have even taken turns at the top of the Top Charts. The fad seems to be dying out now, though, as there’s currently only 1 in the Top 10.

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    • SkyFall

      • Jonathan

        You photoshopped that fast..

      • SkyFall

        What can i say, I’m kind of a pro at photoshop.
        That, and my iPhone kinda fell from 1.85 meters so i had to finish the picture quickly to look at the damage (luckily none).

      • Jonathan

        Yeah me too. :P

        Ouchies. I’ve never dropped it that high..

    • Dexter SherloConan

      It’s out. Check “Clappy Bird” on the App Store.

      • Ninja Banana

        Wrong. Author has faked the same name as Doug Nguyen

      • Dexter SherloConan

        I think so since Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block are not under Clappy Bird’s developer link. Also, Clappy Bird has the exactly same playing mode as Flappy Bird.

      • Marcus

        This is fake. There is a different developer link.

    • Framboogle

      Bro thats my meme

      • Pato_

        Who gives a sh**

    • XboxOne

      Pato_ sheep

  • Pato_

    :)

  • Jonathan

    Ugh… it caused so many problems though…

    • Pato_

      stop being a suare.

      • XboxOne

        A true square plays this overrated game.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Name one. If anything this developer could be creating problems by suing every clone app out there…

      • Jonathan

        k. Brother stabbed other brother 17 times for getting a higher score
        I’ll give a 2nd one just cause I can.
        A mom was selling her child to buy an iPhone with Flappy Bird installed on it.

      • SkyFall

        The brother who stabbed the other brother 17 times was a hoax. It was created by a site that has true and not true stories. The Flappy Bird story was a hoax to attract people.

      • Rowan09

        While I don’t even know if any of those are true, there’s no substitute for common sense.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Flappy Bird didn’t cause those problems. Moronic, idiotic, psychotic people caused those problems. If you think differently then you’re effectively stating that games like GTA shouldn’t exist because everyone that plays it goes around shooting everyone and breaking the law…

      • Jonathan

        That’s a little extreme. My reasoning is complicated to describe, and if I were to, society probably wouldn’t accept it. So I’ll pass.

      • XboxOne

        Defending this game kid?!

      • Rigs101

        Wait we’re not supposed to do that?? Oh man

      • pegger1

        That stabbing never happened. It was a fake story. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

      • Sandy Cook

        Flappy Bird doesn’t cause shit, some people are just mental

      • Tony

        Actually he should be sued for stealing the graphics and sounds from Nintendo.

    • Jeffrey

      i’m still playing it:P 160

      • XboxOne

        Get help. The game has your brain all mixed up.

      • Jeffrey

        hahahah:P i dont play it often, like twice a week

      • XboxOne

        Where is the fun in it if you die easily?

      • Jeffrey

        dunno, its just fun

  • David Gitman

    All of this time he removed it to get more downloads. smart move

    • Oscar Nigma

      Clever Girl…

      • David Gitman

        I’m a boy :/

      • Oscar Nigma

        I know.

      • David Gitman

        then wtf

      • Romeo Thái Tử

        Tell me more abt something being removed and still able to download, clever girl :D

  • Mescudi

    This topic is becoming more annoying by the minute. Smart move on his Part.

  • Sean Keenan

    tried it out for about a week and then quit playing it, was entertained at first but now i don’t care much about the whole flappy bird thing

    • Rowan09

      I only play it to beat my friends scores on game center. I was number 1 now I’m number 3 so I might start playing it just to be number 1 again.

  • Micky Ganon

    ץץ

  • Maxim∑

    yes more news articles on flappy bird! Just as they were going away….

  • Chindavon

    Just go away for crying out loud Ding Dong.

  • FrankensteinBlack

    A fickle whore at a post office party -or- victim of Vietnamese thuggery.

  • Garbage

    It’s so sad that people enjoy garbage over some seriously awesome games that are actually slept on in the AppStore. The masses are brain dead.

  • Kartik Dhawan

    I walked into a store today i.e. carphone warehouse (UK’s bestbuy); and guess what was on the devices…

    Flappy Bird :O

  • Jeffrey

    guess he spent his earned 1mln already…

  • norbi2010

    Plot twist: Apple will reject it because it has “flappy” in its name.

  • Tony

    His five minutes were up a while ago.

  • drewjbx

    props to the young kid.. its not like he asked for all this attention, looks like its opened alot of doors for him and lots of money especially being from vietnam. Come on… stop hatin!

  • Frank Lopez

    That guy is full of shit. All publicity stunt and the entire media bought into the free marketing for that piece of crap game.

    Honestly asa scoiety have we lost so much metal stimulation that a game like flappy bird is considered MAJOR News lol…

    No hope for humanity

    • pegger1

      Publicity stunt for what? If anything, he couldn’t handle the publicity the app garnered in the first place. It was at it’s peak when he pulled it.

    • thebigzeus

      exactly

  • n0ahcruz3

    Again with this fad?

  • on3simpleclick

    He’s hoping people who haven’t seen it yet will download it. Then he gets more free money.

  • PheonixFeather

    Twinky comeback… Except the fact that other clones have taken over.

  • http://www.datpiff.com/profile/Nuff_Saidd Nuff Said

    What happened to the original reasons he pulled the app for? Are they now magically gone or what?

  • Tobias9413

    It’s all a move for money…

  • Thiago Vaccaro

    I know this is off topic but someone could please tell me why there are these colors in my volume
    HUD? Is it normal?

    • Abdl

      Perhaps u installed a tweak for that huhn?

      • SkyFall

        Nope It’s only for European Union devices. Its a EU regulation and when you have headphones on this feature is enabled.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      looks like you installed some volume amplifying tweak…

      • SkyFall

        It’s only for European Union devices. Its a EU regulation and when you have headphones on this feature is enabled.

    • lolder

      That is EU regulations and is enabled when you have headphones on. The red means it’s too loud and therefore bad for your ears

      • Thiago Vaccaro

        Wow… I didnt know that. Thanks mate! Since i am on 7.1 it couldnt be jailbreak. But thanks anyway!

      • Jonathan

        I’ve never seen it before. :/ Is this 7.1 only?

      • SkyFall

        It’s only for European Union devices. Its a EU regulation and when you have headphones on this feature is enabled. White is normal, yellow is loud, red is extra loud (bad for ears).

      • J. Rockwell

        *mind blown*

      • Jonathan

        cool!! :D I smell jailbreak tweak..

      • lolder

        Not really, I have had it from 7.0 from what I can remember. But I think it’s only for people who live in EU. And it’s only on iPhone 5 and higher. It didn’t work on my 4S when I had it

  • Abdl

    This developer’s life is full of depression and sadness! Even thou he has got money…

  • Dave Becker

    No one cares about Flappy Bird.

  • http://ecellmobile.blogspot.com/ e_cell mobile

    Pretty smart move for Dong to bring his creation back to life. Too bad for FB copycats that the original is coming back.

    • XboxOne

      Crappy Bird = overrated

  • XboxOne

    No more Crappy Bird articles! He’s only bringing it back because he ran out of money.

  • hkgsulphate

    Smash hit >>> Fappy Bird

  • Dan

    he kind of looks like his bird

  • thebigzeus

    attention whore

  • JaeM1llz

    I knew it was bullshit. This was all a marketing ploy to get the app out to even more people.