See, developer Dong Nguyen has announced on twitter that he’s had enough, and will ultimately remove the game for good today.
Flappy Bird appeared seemingly from nowhere to dominate the Top Free Games charts, with an insane number of user reviews (now well over half a million on Google Play).
In my Flappy Bird review, I suggested that Dong had nailed the difficulty thing; it’s brutally hard (some have jokingly described it as “the Dark Souls of smartphone games"), but it's always your fault when you mess up.
In a recent interview, Dong told The Verge: "The reason Flappy Bird is so popular is that it happens to be something different from mobile games today, and is a really good game to compete against each other.
"People in the same classroom can play and compete easily because [Flappy Bird] is simple to learn, but you need skill to get a high score."
And heck, the fact that it's free has obviously helped it go viral.
Cue: countless people on twitter and Facebook sharing their Flappy Bird-related woes as they struggle to get into double figures, and others boasting that they’ve hit platinum.
Heck, just yesterday I promoted mobonoob’s Flappy Bird high scores thread to the front page. I’m on 55, incidentally.
But the dream is set to come to a crashing halt, as Dong tweeted yesterday: “I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.”
It’s not clear what exactly has pushed Dong to the edge. Indeed, in the aforementioned interview with The Verge, the developer revealed that Flappy Bird brings in around $50,000 per day in ad revenue.
As such, some have suggested that Dong should let Flappy Bird stand, even if it means no more updates, and give the resulting revenue to charity if he’s that bothered.
Meanwhile, others are seeing dollar signs, hoping to kindly (ahem) take Flappy Bird off of Dong’s hands, and live off the abundant revenue.
However, to those people, Dong tweets: “I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird', please don't ask.” That’s you told.
With Dong failing to provide a reason for the seemingly sudden decision, some have suggested that Nintendo might’ve had something to say about Flappy Bird, since the background is pretty much ripped directly from Super Mario Bros, complete with green pipes, the latter being a focal point of the gameplay.
But Dong clarifies: “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.”
Finally, Dong allays concerns that he’s about to retire from the smartphone games industry, tweeting: “And I still make games.” His next effort is tipped to be a Jetpack-style game.
In the meantime, if you’re hungry for more, er, Dong, check out Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block.