Sunday, 23 November 2014, 6:19 pm

Flappy Bird flies away

By ALEXANDRA MONTANA
Staff Writer
Say goodbye to Flappy Bird.
Although the game had been the top free app in more than 110 countries and gained $ 50,000 in ad revenue per day, creator Dong Nguyen removed the game from Google Play and Apple’s App Store on Feb. 9.  
Released on May 24, 2013, the game made no impression on the download charts, but slowly its popularity began to pick up, reaching more than 50 million downloads.
However, Nguyen says in a series of tweets on Feb. 8, “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore. It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask.”
It became known among smartphone users for its extreme difficulty and was recommended to those who enjoy retro arcade games, but was known to be highly addictive.
Eric Hamilton, of St. Catharines, says he agrees the game is “super” addictive.
“You want to beat your own score and it feels impossible to reach any higher than [level] 25.”
Hamilton isn’t alone in finding the game extremely difficult.
The game is simple to learn; press the screen to fly and then float in the air to dodge green pipelines that hang from the sky and sit on the ground, although most people find it difficult to reach level 10.
Flappy Bird has also generated controversy, Video-game blog Kotako says the green pipes in the game were a “rip-off” of Super Mario but since then they have announced a correction of this statement saying the pipelines are simply “derivative”.
Sarah Jones, of St. Catharines, says, “The pipelines look exactly like the ones in Super Mario. That’s actually one of the first things I thought when I saw it.”
Those who’ve downloaded the game will be able to continue playing, but there are other similar games. To those looking for the game’s clone you can try Flappy Fish, Flappy Bee, Flappy Wings or Clumsy Fish.

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