Flappy Bird’s addictive nature cited for removing it

By | February 11, 2014

Flappy Bird is way too addictive according to it’s 29 year old Viatnamese designer Dong Nguyen and is reason enough for him to pull the plug. He feared that players are becoming too addictive to his game and responses he received forced him to take this extreme step. This is despite “Flappy Bird” being the number one free gaming app on both Apple’s App Store as well as Google Play store for quite some time. Dong estimates some 50 million Flappy Birds download till date. Even after removing this game off the two prominent market places it keeps in making hundreds and thousands of dollars for it’s founder Dong Nguyen.

Flappy Bird has unexpected effects,” says Nguyen. “It causes addiction (in) people. I think it is an unexpected problem … and I have to remove it.”

“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” Nguyen said. “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”

Flappy Birds Taken down

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Flappy Birds is the simplest of game I ever came across but is addictive enough to keep you hooked on for hours. The leader board feature allows you to share your score on social networks and is seen as the primary reason for the surge in free gaming apps popularity in such a short span of time. Friends, collegues and family members compete with each other to out score each other and in the process become addicted to it.

This game involves a pixelated bird which has to be kept airborne by continously tapping on the phone’s touch screen. Then you have to navigate the bird in between Mario styled warp pipes extending from top and bottom of the screen. The moment bird grazes past any of the pipes it dies instantly thus ending the gameplay. I recently wrote a Flappy Bird review and never expected it’s creator to pull the plug so quickly.

Dong Nguyen has also created some other popular games like Shuriken Block and Super Ball Juggling and want to continue making new games in coming days. When asked if there is any chance for Flappy Bird’s come back he replied “I keep my words.”

Dong took everybody by surprise on last Friday when he revealed his plans to pull down one of the most famous games from Google Play and Apple App Store.