“Flappy Bird” was taken off the App Store and the Android store this weekend, forcing many users to get their fix elsewhere.
There’s an online Flash version of the game at Kongregate, which doesn’t have the same luster as the mobile version.
If you have the game already installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can still play it. But for Android users, the game might disappear.
On eBay, users attempted to cash in on the demand for the game, selling various smartphones with “Flappy Bird” installed for prices higher than normal.
But there’s also a download for the original “Flappy Bird” that’s been listed on Mediafire for Google Android phones.
The website Pocket Lint listed several different alternatives to the game.
They include “Clumsy Bird,” which is available for Google Play on Android devices. It has better graphics and scenery and appears to have the same gameplay. Other games are “Iron Pants for iOS and Google Play.
“Fly Birdie” is another one that seems to be easier than “Flappy Bird.”
And there’s “Flappy Wings,” which claims to have better gameplay than Flappy Bird.
AP update: Creator says game over for maddening Flappy Bird
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life.
The game which was uploaded in 2013 but only surged to the top in downloads earlier this year was removed early Monday.
The success of the game that based its appeal on being simple and also maddeningly difficult made its creator Nguyen Ha Dong, 29, a minor celebrity.
The game was downloaded more than 50 million times on App Store alone. In an interview with The Verge website, Dong said Flappy Bird was making $50,000 a day in advertising revenue
But tech blogger Carter Thomas said the sudden popularity of Flappy Bird might have been due to use of fake accounts run by computers to create downloads and reviews.
Thomas said he couldn’t prove his suspicion and that the success of Flappy Bird might also be explained by it being “just a wildly viral game.”
Dong, from Hanoi, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the Internet sensation caused by the game “ruins my simple life” and he now hated it.
“I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore,” he wrote.
Dong had agreed to talk to The Associated Press about the game in an interview scheduled for Friday, but canceled.
On Twitter he didn’t address the inflated downloads allegation but denied suggestions he was withdrawing the game because it breached another game maker’s copyright.
“It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore,” he wrote.