Friday, March 21, 2014

'Flappy Bird' set to return, but when is still a question

Flappy Bird, the simple yet addictive Android and iOS game that once earned its developer $50,000 a day in advertising revenue will return. Developer Dong Nguyen, responding to a question, made the statement Wednesday on Twitter.

However, calm down Flappy Bird fans. He also said it will be a while, tweeting:
Yes. But not soon.
In response to another question, Nguyen added that the game will be different, this time around. He tweeted:
It will not be the original game but a better one. I keep my word.
Finally, when asked "when," he responded:
I don't work by plan. I will release it when it is done.
Nguyen said he developed the game in only a few days. However, he pulled the game from the Android and iOS app stores, seemingly for altruistic reasons. At the time, he said:
It happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem.
Immediately after the game was removed, auctions of iPhones with the app pre-installed spiked on eBay.

Although Nguyen said he removed the app because it was addictive, there was speculation that because its UI was said to be "more than inspired" by art in "Super Mario Bros;" some said Nguyen basically ripped off the art. It's possible -- though of course, unconfirmed -- that this is why the next version of Flappy Bird will be "different," as mentioned above.

Not only did auctions for pre-installed versions of Flappy Bird spike on eBay, Nguyen also received death threats. However, folks must have realized that if they killed him, there would be no way for Flappy Bird to return.

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