The world's most addictive and annoying mobile game may make a comeback. The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, says the one-tap flapper that took the world by storm may return.
"I'm considering it," Nguyen told Rolling Stone. If the game does appear again, this time it will come with a warning asking people to take a break now and then, he says.
Nguyen famously pulled Flappy Bird off iTunes and Google Play in February citing the game's addictive nature. In a wide ranging interview with Rolling Stone, Nguyen discussed some distressing personal stories he'd received from Flappy Bird's fans and critics.
The messages reportedly included tales of people losing their jobs, mothers ignoring their kids, and school children hurling their phones to the ground in frustration.
There's no doubt that Flappy Bird can be addictive. I remember showing the game to a friend (before it was pulled) explaining how it was the latest gaming sensation. I handed over my phone for him to try it. An hour later, I took my phone back and told my friend to download it to his own device.
That evening, about six hours later, my friend had gone from getting zero points on his first try to 58 points. A few days later he hit 152 before giving the game up entirely. As my friend described Flappy Bird, "you play until it breaks you."
But the addictive properties of the deceptively simply Flappy Bird weren't the only reasons Nguyen has cited for withdrawing his one-tap hit. Becoming an overnight Internet sensation and harsh criticisms over Flappy Bird's Nintendo-like graphics also pushed the reclusive Nguyen to step out of the limelight.
But now Nguyen might bring his popular game back, just with a health warning like it's a pack of cigarettes.
If Flappy Bird ever does try to retake the gaming world by story you have to wonder if Apple and Google will tolerate yet another Flappy title plugging up their app charts, original or no.
And with so many Flappy Bird clones available, who needs the real thing anymore? Personally, I'm sticking with Flappy Bert.
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