Flappy Bird: Game Download Super-Popular for iOS, Android; Many Say it’s Addicting, Frustrating

January 30, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

“Flappy Bird”–a game for the iOS and Android–has become one of the top apps in the App Store.

The game involves tapping one’s device to make a small bird fly through pipes that look lifted from “Super Mario Bros.”

There’s no bosses or anything else–just a bird flying through pipes, which are placed in odd locations and become increasingly more challenging.

The game’s challenge appears to fuel an addiction of sorts.

“All my friends were playing Flappy Bird. Everyone on Twitter was talking about Flappy Bird. I was specifically told ‘DO NOT DOWNLOAD FLAPPY BIRD’ I was told it was life ruining. Naturally, I didn’t listen and what do you suppose I did? I downloaded Flappy Bird. I literally play it for hours on end and have Flappy Bird competitions. I love the game, but it makes me want to punch a kitten or hate Nutella,” reads one review of the game on the App Store.

The user added: “Next we should review that sometimes I’ll have a strong Flappy Bird game going and my bird will plummet to it’s unjustified death and emotionally wreck me. I’m not saying that you should even make this game easier, people will lose interest, but you should atleast let us choose the color of our bird or fix the pipes heck maybe even let us change the background or add in some background music to the app. Just little things like that. To all of you who haven’t or are going to download this app, bless your poor souls.”

The game–created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen–has more than 250,000 four-star reviews.

Nguyen said that “Flappy Bird” is easier on Android than the iOS. On his Twitter, he has also advised people to take a break from the game.

“You should take a break,” he wrote. He earlier said to another user, “Take it easy and it should be easier. Don’t push it too hard and too fast.”

“That is too much. Please give yourself and the game a break :D,” he told another user.

It can be downloaded for the iOS here, and it can be downloaded for Android here.