'Flappy Bird' maker says that he's thinking about re-releasing the game

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: March 11, 2014

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"Flappy Bird" took the mobile world by storm last month, earning millions of downloads on both Android and iOS and spawning just as many clones. But at the height of the game's popularity, creator Dong Nguyen pulled it from Google Play and the App Store, saying that the game was "too addictive." Well today there's some good news for those folks that may have missed out on "Flappy Bird" but are interested in finding out just how addictive it is.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nguyen admits that he's "considering" bringing "Flappy Bird" back. He goes on to confirm that he doesn't intend on selling the game and currently has no plans to make a new version, so a re-release may be the only opportunity that some people have to play the original game.

The article also touches a bit on Nguyen's initial decision to pull the "Flappy Bird" from virtual shelves. He says that in the days before he yanked the game, the criticism and attacks from players had started to be too much and that his parents were concerned about his health. Eventually he decided to remove the game from Google Play and the App Store, saying that he did so because he is a "master of [his] own fate." Despite the fact that it's no longer officially available for download, Nguyen says that "Flappy Bird" is still earning him tens of thousands of dollars, enabling him to work on three new games simultaneously. 

The rise and removal of "Flappy Bird" is kind of a crazy story, especially because it all happened so quickly, so it's nice to get some more information on Nguyen and an account of what went on during the game's surge in popularity. It's interesting to hear that Nguyen is thinking about re-releasing "Flappy Bird" considering all of the anger that was directed at him previously, but I'm sure that many folks would be pretty happy if he did make his game available once again. Even if he doesn't, though, I'm betting that his new offerings are going to garner quite a bit of attention when they're released due to the success that "Flappy Bird" enjoyed.

Did you download "Flappy Bird" before it was pulled last month? If not, would you grab it if it were re-released?

Via Rolling Stone