Flappy Bird, Just The Facts
Released on 24 May 2013, the simple pixel graphics of a flapping bird took over the smart phone world. It flapped its way to over 50 million downloads, but was removed by the creator, the Vietnamese game developer Dong Nguyen, on 10 February 2014.
Facts About the Game
Reminiscent of 1990s video game graphics, this side-scrolling game features a bird with the lone objective to fly between pipes without hitting them.
A tweet from Nguyen was how it all ended. He said in the final hours of the game, “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down, I cannot take this anymore.”
There are now many knock-offs of Flappy Bird in the app market. Among them are Sesame Street-inspired “Flappy Bert,” the pop-punk band Fall Out Boy’s “Fall Out Bird”, and the pop-sensation Miley Cyrus’ ”Flying Cyrus” where Miley must avoid wrecking balls.
By the Numbers
It was estimated by Time Magazine that the developer made as much as $50,000 a day in ad revenue before the game was pulled off the market.
In one 24-hour period in late February, it was estimated that 1/3 of all iOS games released were Flappy Bird imitations.
The game had over 771,000 reviews between the iPhone and Android market, with an average rating of four out of five stars.
There was a $90,000 bid on eBay for an iPhone which already had Flappy Bird installed on it. A brand new iPhone 5s sells for approximately $600.