Flappy Bird creator removes app after mega success?

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Flappy Bird screenshot
Flappy Bird’s gameplay is simple, but it’s tougher than it looks trying to get that little guy through the pipes.

Flappy Bird, a frustratingly fun app for iPhone and Android devices that involves navigating a bird in between Mario-like green pipes, was apparently super frustrating to its creator Dong Nguyen. In fact, despite pulling in a mega $50,000 a day in advertising money, he couldn’t handle all the attention. After threatening to pull it from the app stores, he followed through and removed it on Sunday.

While fans who already have it on their phones can still play it, folks wanting to nab the insanely popular game from iTunes or Google Play are out of luck. After his game surged in popularity this week, Nguyen tried brushing it off on Twitter, saying it was “overrated”. He said, “I can call Flappy Bird… a success of mine,” and then complained, “But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”

Because of its similarity to Super Mario Bros., some people thought that maybe it was taken down for legal reasons. After all, you can’t copy other people’s works if they’re protected by the law. However, Nguyen said the game’s deletion wasn’t “anything related to legal issues.” Is he maybe pulling an attention-seeking stunt or was he actually bothered by the all the attention? Either way, he’s turning down some huge amounts of cash!

Images courtesy of Dong Nguyen and Gears Games.