Where did Flappy Bird go?

The meteoric rise of the game Flappy Bird has eerily played out like the game itself: with a quick and abrupt ending that left Flappy Bird crashing into the ground. The game enjoyed a sudden spike of interest so large that it was generating $50k in revenue each day despite limited advertising.

But now the game is gone. And probably for good. (Formerly located here)

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The app’s creator could not take the attention that his game’s success brought, and in a very Chris Crockerish moment, had a Twitter meltdown pronouncing the game’s upcoming removal (“Leave Flappy Bird alooone!”). He’s made good on that promise… the game is now gone from the Google Play Store.

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With the game gone from the Google Play Store, the small list of people who missed out on the game will be wondering where to download Flappy Bird considering its official absence. We assume an unofficial .apk will pop up on forums and elsewhere, and there are already some shameless copycat games hoping to fill the void.

However, our recommendation is much different: just forget Flappy Bird exists. It’s a tale we’ll remember for years, but the clamor and hubbub have peaked, it’s really not worth all this noise. And for that, maybe the game’s author is smarter than we think. After all, even after removing it form the Google Play Store, he’ll be raking in the revenue every time someone opens up the game to play.

For the record, my high score is a miserable 19. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get going, the weekend is almost over and I swore on my life I would reach 20.

Update: It appears you can still download Flappy Bird for Windows Phone

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  • Trevor Vass

    strange… I just saw this on twitter and could still download it from the play store.

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      You most likely were using the secret code of FBGT.

      • Trevor Vass

        It’ll be in the next init.t ROM nightly

  • Guest

    Nobody knows why but it still isn’t gone for me, too – I guess it’s just a matter of time. Also, I’ve got an APK backup of the game, but only for private use.

    I fully respect Dong’s decision.

    • Mark Johnston

      I try to ignore my dong’s decisions most of the time. doesn’t always lead to good results.

      • Mark Johnston

        oops, read that wrong

    • Eric Wilborn

      Gotta respect the Dong

  • Christopher Mann
  • joejoe5709

    So she he shuts down the game, still rakes in money, and won’t support the game any longer. That’s not very cool at all…

    • cammykool

      he can stop people from downloading. but he can’t stop them from playing. (unless he built some kind of self destruct code into it)

    • Dr Derpderperstein

      His prerogative. Do you suggest it would be “cooler” for him to abstain from taking any of the money the app earns from now on?

    • GenericVoter

      You should demand your money back.

  • Go Hawkeyes

    My guess is this is all just a ploy to get more people to hurry up and download it. And soon he’ll be releasing some sort of update or second version that is more monetizing. Or he’s selling it to Zynga and they’ll royally screw it up.

    • Dr Derpderperstein

      Your guess is that the game being removed from the store is a ploy to get people to download it.

      Let’s ponder that for a minute.

    • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

      He lives in Vietnam. That amount of money just made him a HUGE target.

  • tony

    the game is still in the playstore

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    With a high score of 3 I feel I’m an expert on this game now and can say it’s worth the hype.

    • Steven Skwarkowski

      I’m now a God among mere peasants. I doubled my score to 6!

      I now know all the answers to the Universe. I can’t explain them to you. You simply won’t understand.

  • Simon Belmont

    Just installed Flappy Bird about a week ago. Managed to get a top score of 78, and then I lost interest.

    This is a mysterious turn of events, but meh. Nothing Earth-shattering.

  • TheCaullen

    Here you are folks. Flap it up. http://adf.ly/dLZ55

    • http://twitter.com/Vanakatherock Vanakatherock

      How NICE of you to try and get money from clicks on an ad link.

      • TheCaullen

        Yes, because making money is a terrible thing

        • uniquename72

          EARNING money is awesome; making money on someone else’s work is, in fact, a terrible thing.

      • jersonf

        Do you want the apk or not?

        • http://twitter.com/Vanakatherock Vanakatherock

          Uh, no. I don’t care for Flappy Bird. Especially after watching others get annoyed by it really quickly because they get hung up on one level.

  • Alex Boro

    Beat me I got 137.

    • theonetrueMike

      174 so…yeah…

  • johnny989

    good riddance

  • DDroid45

    This is funny

  • guitarist5122

    the creator probably couldn’t handle all the cyber-human interaction after years of seclusion in his parent’s basement. Oh well, he has made a ton of money off of Flappy Bird already, so he’s set for a LONG time. Maybe now he can get his own place.

    • Jordan

      There’s plenty of companies he could have hired to deal with that side of it for him. Or he could have just left the internet for a couple months & had a good time with all his money. When he came back, everybody would have forgotten about it anyways.

      • scoter man1

        That’s what I would do

      • Guest

        Maybe, but still you don’t know why.

  • averymlewis

    Its not gone its still listed……….

  • Micah Dawson

    @ChrisChavez I use windows phone…that Flappy bird is not the actual Flappy bird game, though it works better than the original ironically.

    • robjackson81

      Are you trying to interwebically summon Chris Chavez to chat with you? LOL this is hilarious. Let’s see if he responds…

      • Micah Dawson

        I am not sure how or why it was “hilarious”. I guess you have an easy sense of humor. I wasn’t sure if tagging him that way would work and I was unsure if that was a dig at Windows phone/Flappy bird or was it that he was unaware that it wasn’t the real game.

        You can scale the passive-aggressiveness back a dial, rob :)

  • Keith Tyler

    Kind of a conceited move on his part. Will anyone ever want to download one of his games again knowing that his first successful game was deleted barely a month ?
    He could have sold it, sucked it up and raked in the cash, or released it open source, but instead he’s a drama queen. I hope he doesn’t think people are going to forget it. The internet is forever.

  • apple apple

    Probably some kind of malware buried in it.

  • steveb944

    Guy’s an idiot. I don’t think this has ever happened before.

  • Go Hawkeyes

    Look like he forgot all about Windows Phone. Just like everyone else.

    • PhacMan


    • Christopher Bement

      Forgot about what?

    • UMA_Fan

      What’s Windows?

  • Friday

    Seeing that NONE of you know the exact reason it’s been pulled down, you can’t really justify calling him all these names and judging.

    • robjackson81

      Seems the reason is the developer’s anxiety issues. It’s easy to point a finger and make fun, but it’s also a dangerous thing to trivialize. Some people don’t deal with attention well and aren’t comfortable with the spotlight.

      We’ve seen plenty of celebrities crumble under pressure: Britney Spears, Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan, David Hasslehoff, etc… and these are people not only better equipped to deal with the spotlight but people who sought it out.

      Thanks for the comment. It’s good to have some balance and perspective here.

  • phinn

    Cool he made so much money off of it but no interest in this game anyway.

  • Alexander

    Look at all of this marketing and attention he’s getting from this.

  • wero1204

    I think it was a perfectly navigated PR. Ever since the beginning of its crashing success, I thought something was tricky about Flappy Bird. Nevertheless, whether we will ever find out what really happened, it was definitely the most interesting app store phenomenon of the year.

  • Alex

    i respect his decision because i don’t know him or what he is going through. I had a similar thing happen to me a few years back with a website i ran. Now it was no where near the magnitude of what he has created but it was enough to scare me once people got my personal information and started threatening me.

  • techymexican

    there is a rumor that Dong Nguyen committed suicide.any credible source to this? search twitter/ instagram and it’s everywhere.

  • Ross Fraser

    It’s still on there for me.

  • Taiko
  • pablo pena

    game creator has deleted this game and there is no possibility to download it but it just so happens that I have this game and i can to present you podzielićtu you have a link to a free download: http://www.shar-m.com/download/1/8072000/FlappyBird

  • Jessi Biso
  • Dan Willis

    Umm… is this a joke? The game is still on the play store. I just checked after reading this. That was a letdown cause that game is extremely dumb and i was happy to hear it was gone.

    • Dan Willis

      Guess it wasn’t. A joke with a follow up post for yhe apk

  • PhoenixP3K

    I had downloaded the game before so it was still in My Apps ALL tab. But it’s gone from the TOP FREE APPS. The number of clones and variations of this app is incredible.

    • miso_sori

      Yup, that worked. Thanks, except now I have this horrible game on my phone again. Arrgghh!

  • joshua11007

    Here is the apk for anybody who wants it, go ahead share it. https://www.dropbox.com/s/8j4ddrn0wts07jx/com.dotgears.flappybird_1.3.apk

  • CJ Mick

    Hey I have the APK version and the iTunes version on my website at http://pptvgames.yolasite.com/flappy-bird.php

  • Peter

    Flappy Bird still here http://www.sendspace.com/file/saysc0

  • Tony

    Easiest way to install flappy bird here http://www.flappybirdhowto.com/. You can try web version here http://www.flappybirdhowto.com/play

  • edwin
  • Miso

    I played hardcore game like Flappy Bird before, its named Fluffy Ball (not clone, but similar hardcore)… better graphics, with campaign etc. I recommended everyone who is crying to Flappy Bird.

    gameplay video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-1VK_sBmjw

    googlePlay https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.geardice.FluffyBall