Flappy bird will return, its creator says

The world's most rage-inducing game is going to stage a glorious return. Just don't ask its creator when.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 20 Mar 2014

If you haven't heard of Flappy Bird, MT envies you. Look away now. For the rest of us poor souls, there's bad news: the game, which was taken offline by creator Dong Nguyen because, he said, its success had ruined his 'simple life', is set to return.

Obviously, anything to do with Flappy Bird is subject to a certain amount of rumour and speculation - but Nguyen did tweet this yesterday:

The game, which was launched in May last year, was reportedly downloaded 50 million times, and was earning Nguyen $50,000 (£30,450) a day at the height of its popularity. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he said he had decided to take it down after fans wrote to him telling him how it had destroyed their lives.

It'll be interesting to see how the new version of Flappy Bird prevents people from ruining their lives. A limit to the number of games users can play might be one. Or a special rubber case for their phone, for the inevitable moment they become so frustrated they lob it at a wall...

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