Flappy Bird creator says he’s considering letting the bird loose again


In an extensive interview with Rolling Stone, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen shared that it’s possible he will make the incredibly challenging iOS game available for users again… but with a disclaimer.

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.”

But is there room for Flappy Bird to return in an App Store saturated with disturbing Flappy Bird clones? Probably so. While it may be (mostly) out of the center of everyone’s attention in headlines and our conversations, I have a number of friends still challenging themselves to top their high score. (Maybe Nguyen was right.) Myself? I gave up before hitting double digits.

Shortly after it went viral (after several weeks mostly undiscovered), Flappy Bird’s developer promised to pulled the game from availability and has since kept that promise creating more demand for the game.

You can read the full interview at Rolling Stone.

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  1. Steve Ballen - 9 years ago

    This guy is a marketing genius. Doesn’t matter if he’s completely genuine and oblivious to it. Genius.

  2. rettun1 - 9 years ago

    Of course

  3. Jonathan (@Jon889) - 9 years ago

    I’m now more convinced this was a publicity stunt, even though it was pulled from the App Store, he didn’t disable the ads in it. I deliberately downloaded it when it was announced it would be pulled. I don’t generally play games on iPhone, and when i do I get bored of them pretty quickly, but flappy bird I still play when I’m bored in lectures.

  4. Alan Aurmont - 9 years ago

    Twist: Apple will reject the app for containing the word ‘flappy’ in the name.

  5. jblondie09 - 9 years ago

    You know…that flappy bird creator is getting annoying. He’s just a little too “I’m a hipster” dude if you ask me. Of course the game would be popular and isn’t that why game creators create the games? To make money and get people obsessed w/a fun challenge? ….Good Post though :)

  6. scumbolt2014 - 9 years ago

    Guess someone likes money after all…

  7. Just like I said, the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

  8. Howie Isaacks - 9 years ago

    Big deal! I’m tired of hearing about Flappy Bird. This guy is obviously an idiot.

  9. Marketing stunt. Pulling the app in the first place was done to raise publicity. It also distracts from the fact that the app was originally likely made popular on the App Store in the first place through a traffic purchasing scheme. Now, people will say it’s popular due to word of mouth.

  10. Jennifer Farah - 9 years ago

    In case anyone still wants to play the ORIGINAL Flappy Bird for free even though the creator, Dong Nguyen, has removed it from app stores, I’ve uploaded the .apk here for FREE download (100% working with NO ADS).
    Download it for FREE here: http://topfiles.me/1svaQWfGad
    Just enter your email address or something like that if asked for download and unsubcribe later.


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