Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has said he’s taking the game down this weekend, saying he doesn’t want all the attention.
Over the past few weeks, the game has attained meteoric popularity, taking the No. 1 spot on the App Store.
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” he wrote Saturday on Twitter. “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore,” he said.
Nguyen, who is from Vietnam, had previously announced that he was making about $50,000 from in-game ads.
“I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it,” he elaborated. “Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace,” he continued.
“I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask,” he wrote, adding: “And I still make games.”
The game–which is addicting and highly frustrating–has been lauded and loathed. A number of people have complained to Nguyen directly.
Several days ago, Nguyen told The Chocolate Lab Apps website about the game’s success.
“I made the game alone so there is no team, and my games are very simple so there is no need for much manpower resources. I like to reuse my artwork from game to game. The bird in Flappy Bird, I actually drew in 2012 to use in a platformer game but the project was cancelled. All the programming took around 2-3 days at best with all the tuning to make the gameplay feel right. In my games, there is no impossible situations that players cannot pass,” he said.
Nguyen said that he used no promotional materials for the game, adding that “all accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram about Flappy Bird are not mine. The popularity could be my luck.”
On the App Store, reviewers said that the game isn’t necessarily fun, but it is addicting.
“Flappy bird is by far the most annoying game you will ever play in your life. It will make you so angry you will literally scream (I am not kidding you). The game itself is nothing special. It is just a bird that is more or less a falling brick with a vague bird-like appearance. The bird will basically just drop dead right as you are about to reach a new high score. It is almost like it had a heart attack mid-flap or killed itself on a random pane of plexiglass. The bird also defies physics, falling faster than even remotely possible and thus ending the extent of your sanity and happiness. The game is not fun but it is addicting,” wrote one reviewer.
Here’s a “hack” for the game: