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Flappy Bird latest: Game over as creator downs popular iOS app

Dong Nguyen, the creator of the Flappy Bird game which has stormed to the top of the Apple app store and Google Play, has decided to discontinue his controversial creation. The free game is apparently going to be yanked down at 17:00 today.

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Nguyen had previously said the game – which involves simply tapping on the display to fly a bird between holes in pipes – was inspired by Nintendo’s Mario Bros. Reuters noted that Nguyen had received a “warning letter” from Nintendo, but the firm was not considering a lawsuit.

Nguyen, however, made it clear that his decision to ground Flappy Bird did not have anything to do with threatened litigation. He tweeted: “It is not anything related to legal issues.”

So why did he take it down? The creator simply tweeted that “I cannot take this anymore,” referring to the stress and media attention that the game has gained since it topped the rankings on the free charts for both iOS and Android. In a previous tweet he wrote that the game “ruins my simple life.”

“So now I hate it,” he added.

There has been some bad feeling about the success of such a simple game, and accusations have flown concerning bots being used to download the game and get it up and visible in the charts in the first place.

Apparently Nguyen was making some $50,000 (£30,000) per day from ads with the game.

While some have heaped scorn on it, part of Flappy Bird’s appeal is undoubtedly the fact that it’s very hard to keep that bird successfully flapping between those pipes. The game currently has 550,000 reviews on the Play Store, with an average of 4/5 stars.

We’ve got some tips for getting a high score on Flappy Bird, incidentally, if you want to better your score.

If you’ve not experienced Flappy Bird yet and feel a desire to check it out, you best get it downloaded before this evening.

UPDATE at 18:15: The game has indeed been taken down in the last hour, as promised.