Flappy Bird
(Photo courtesy of Forbes.com)

by Rebecca Gordils

The addictive phone app Flappy Bird swept over the electronic world within a matter of weeks, consuming up hours of people’s time. However, the game was pulled off the market on Feb. 10 after the game’s developer Nguyễn Hà Đông felt guilty for the game’s addictive quality.

Đông, a Vietnam native, developed Flappy Bird. Although he released the game in 2013, it didn’t rise to its peak of popularity until 2014. Flappy Bird was criticized at first for having animations and aspects similar to Mario, but its reviews varied from harsh criticisms to enthusiastic praise on how “wonderfully addicting it is,” according to a review on the iTunes store.

Rumors circled that when a person reached the 1000th level in Flappy Bird, a feat proving to be nearly impossible, Mario comes out and indicates the game’s end. Some critics believe this was why the game was abruptly pulled off the market, but this has yet to be proven true.

Because of its removal from the market and its addictive qualities, phones that still have Flappy Bird downloaded are being sold for large sums of money.

Since its downfall, Flappy Bird spin-offs are being produced quickly, including the cheaper-end Floppy Fish and popular punk-rock band Fall Out Boy’s rendition called Fall Out Bird. Fall Out Boy’s version of the game plays a song from their newest album, features the same objectives of Flappy Bird, and displays the faces of the band members on the birds’ bodies.

Although Flappy Bird will soon be off the radar, it certainly has earned its spot in the history books.