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Flappy Bird clones run riot on App Store following game’s withdrawal from marketplace

Monday, 10th February 2014 09:47 GMT By Dave Cook

Flappy Bird has caused a run of controversy and debate since it released, but since creator Dong Nguyen decided to withdraw the endless flying game from App Store, a large volume of clones has emerged.

We reported on Nguyen’s decision to remove Flappy Bird from the App Store at the weekend, after claims that backlash surrounding the game is ruining his home life.

The anger began after it emerged that the game was netting Nguyen some $50,000 a day in ad revenue, and given the game’s simplistic nature and the fact that it uses green pipes – similar to Super Mario Bros’ design – many gamers out there chose to call Nguyen out as a plagiarist.

Since the game has been pulled, Eurogamer has dug a little deeper into the App Store to find that Flappy Birds itself has been cloned within an inch of its life.

While the original Flappy Bird was free, clone Fly Birdie – Flappy Bird Flyer charges you £0.69 per three lives. It’s currently number two in the free app charts on iTunes.

Meanwhile, Fluffy vs. Flappy Birds offers players a chance to remove adverts for £1.49 and includes in-app currency top-ups for £6.99.

Have a look at the clones and the Eurogamer piece for more examples. What’s your take on the Flappy Birds issue so far? Let us know below.

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3 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    Both google play and Amazon pulled clones – those that were identical in every way to Flappy – not sure how they will react now that the game has been pulled altogether.

    I’ve seen phones with the game on it on ebay for like £2k upwards – just LOL. But no matter what, he has created a strong brand, just a shame its all gone to waste. With 50k a day, coming in(although I heard it was around 6), he could hire an expert to deal with the PR circus.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Digital Bamboo

    Unimaginative clones spawn from the corpse of an unimaginative clone.

    There seem to be a lot of people out there with way more money than sense or good taste.

    Makes me think I should learn how to make shitty iOS games so I can help them part with it.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. macklwinstead

    until I saw the check for $8923 , I didnt believe …that…my brother woz like they say actualey earning money in their spare time on-line. . there friends cousin started doing this for under sixteen months and just now repaid the morgage on there place and purchased Toyota . Get More Info http://www.work71.ℭOM

    #3 8 months ago

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