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Android 6.0 Easter Egg includes a rejigged version of last year’s Flappy Bird type game

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Easter Egg

Users of #Android 6.0 will find that the Easter Egg has been slightly revamped compared to Android 5.0, which also means that there will be a new game underneath. Last year, we saw the introduction of a new #FlappyBird like game which revolved around balancing a flying Droid over and under obstacles.

This year’s Easter Egg game is similar in theory but comes with a new design that is fitting for the OS version. Marshmallow sticks will now block the Droid’s path and you will have to skip over them.

What’s better is that Google is also introducing multiplayer support for the very first time, letting up to 6 users jump in on the action. Users will be divided by different colored Droids, which can be a fun activity if you have a tablet or a large device.

With Android 6.0 still somewhat new and yet to make its way to most devices, it might take some time before users find this on their devices, but it’s good to know as fans that Google is making these little changes to its software.

Via: Mobile Syrup

Flappy Bird makes a comeback, but only on the Amazon Fire TV for now

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Fans of Flappy Bird, we have some good news. If you own an Amazon Fire TV console, you can now download the original game right within your fingertips. The game appears to work with the game controllers as well as Fire TV remote, so it’s clear that the game was built specifically for the device.

It is now known as Flappy Birds Family, which is an apt name given that the Fire TV is a family entertainment console. To make the game more intuitive and family oriented, the developer has built in a player vs player mode where you can compete with your loved ones in keeping the bird flying for as long as possible.

It’s certainly a fun addition to your living room, although we would have liked it if the app was available all across Android and not just on the Fire TV. But we’re sure the developer will have something for regular Android users in the coming days as well.

The widely popular game was removed from popular app hubs back in February despite raking in plenty of revenue. This came after the developer realized that the game was “too addictive”. Since then, we have heard that he has been keen to bring a slightly less addictive version of the game to mobile devices and this could just be a hint of things to come.

Source: Amazon Appstore

Via: Phandroid

The first game on Android Wear is a Flappy Bird clone

Flopsy Droid - Android Wear

Flopsy Droid - Android Wear

Android Wear is clearly not known for games as it’s meant for a notification device wrapped up in a convenient size of a watch. But given the open sourced nature of the platform, it was only a matter of time before games made their way to the platform. And today, we’re officially seeing Android Wear’s first game and it’s not quite what we expected. The developer Sebastian Mauer has decided to leverage the dying popularity of Flappy Bird by launching a clone for the wearable OS.

It’s a free download of course and will require users to sideload it through their smartphone as with any app on Android Wear. The game is available as Flopsy Droid in the wearables section of the Play Store. It is exactly what you expect from a Flappy Bird clone and you will most likely spend quite a lot of time trying to keep the character flying which gets even tougher given the small form factor of the smartwatch. The key difference between Flappy Bird is that users have to keep a Droid afloat instead of a bird.

If you already own a LG G Watch or a Samsung Gear Live, make sure you download the app and let us know what you think. This game should encourage plenty of other developers to launch games for the Android Wear platform which is good news in the long run.

Source: Play Store

Via: Android Police

Newer version of Flappy Bird to make a comeback in August

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The developer behind Flappy Bird left us all baffled when he pulled off the game from the Play Store a couple of months ago claiming that it had become too addictive. But the developer was expected to be bringing the game back, but we didn’t quite know when. And now, creator Dong Nguyen has mentioned that a newer version of the popular game will be making a comeback in August to all the popular app hubs. He claims that the new game will be more inclined towards multiplayer gameplay and will be less addictive as well.

There’s no word on how different this new Flappy Bird will be, but it’s certainly going to be interesting, considering that it’s going to be less addictive. We won’t be surprised if the game receives a visual refresh as well, shying away from the pixelated retro look.

Rovio recently launched its own spinoff called Retry, so the market might get a whole lot tougher to penetrate for the updated Flappy Bird.

Via: The Verge

Developer of Flappy Bird says the game is making a comeback, but not anytime soon

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Developer Dong Nguyen, popular for the Flappy Bird game, has announced that the title will make a comeback to your favorite mobile app hubs. However, he has claimed that it won’t arrive anytime soon. This happened in response to a tweet where he responded in the affirmative when asked if the game would be back, but mentioned it wouldn’t be soon. Now this leaves a lot of questions open, but we’re guessing the developer will wait for a couple of months or maybe even six months for the Flappy Bird fever to die down and then launch the game again.

The game was one of the biggest revelations of 2013 as it was reportedly raking in close to $50,000 in ad revenues each day for the developer. Despite this, he decided to take it down as he thought it was causing too much addiction among people. In a recent interview with The Rolling Stone, he mentioned that if the game ever makes a comeback, he will provide a clear disclaimer and warning against prolonged usage.

Via: Android Guys

Why can’t get we get enough of Flappy Bird?

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Rolling Stone is running a feature on Flappy Bird’s creator, Dong Nguyen. Contributor David Kushner actually flew to Hanoi to interview the elusive game developer, and got the skinny on how the hit game came to be. In the article, we learn how Nguyen did not expect the game to be such a success, and attributed his pulling the game out of Google Play and the iTunes App Store to his need to regain his privacy and regain his focus on building games.

Apart from the background story on Flappy Bird, Nguyen has shared that he actually has a few other games up his sleeve, and might release new titles soon. All of these games share the same so-called maso-core appeal, which means they are designed to have simple interfaces, but very difficult gameplay (hence being masochistic). What’s perhaps more promising is the thought that Nguyen might soon also launch a sequel to Flappy Bird.

What’s so special about Flappy Bird?

The game’s appeal comes from its overly-simplified user interface. In the interview, Nguyen says he envisioned the game to be accessible to all demographics. You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer in your 20s in order to enjoy the game. Nguyen has imagined players to be folks standing up on the train with one hand holding the railing straps and the other tapping away on the screen. Even kids and senior citizens can play the game.

But looks can be deceiving. Even with a simple interface, it’s difficult to rack up points — the smallest mistake can send the Bird crashing onto pipes and dying. There are no second chances. No “continue” button. No up-up, down-down, left-right, left-right, B-A, select-start cheats. The entire user experience relies on the user tapping on the screen (and pulling on his or her hair afterwards when Bird crashes).

Here’s where millions of users find the game’s appeal. It’s simple, yet challenging.

But of course, it’s no longer available on Google Play nor the App Store. Users who were able to install the game prior to its being pulled out are fortunate. For the rest, there are always alternative install methods, such as side-loading via APK. For iOS users, jailbroken devices can have the game installed via .IPA, although users will need to find an app repository catering to bootlegged games. Some enterprising users have even auctioned their devices on eBay for thousands of dollars, with Flappy Bird installed.

Flappy Bird on other platforms

Since the meteoric rise of Flappy Bird on mobile devices, there have been several copies. There is reportedly one Flappy Bird knockoff that comes out every 24 hours. Google and Apple have even have to put a ban on apps and games that contain “Flappy” in the title as these are obviously riding on the Flappy Bird craze.

The game has even been ported on the PC — a Flash-based version of Flappy Bird is available on Jojo.net, for example. The web-based game has the same gameplay elements as the original mobile game, being ported from the Android app. It’s simple enough — pressing the spacebar or clicking the mouse button substitute for tapping on-screen. Of course, there’s also the same hair-pulling frustration that players get when Bird crashes.

Platform thinking: Android wins again

When will the bird craze end? If there’s anything good that has come out of this trend, I would think it’s that mobile platforms are fast becoming the preferred platform for distributing games and content. With Jojo, for example, the site carries a handful of Android (and iOS) titles like Angry Birds. How soon until Android apps become the gold standard for development on both mobile and desktop?

Right now, talk of the town is that Dong Nguyen is thinking of releasing three games that feature other characters (a cowboy-themed shooter, a vertical platform game and an action chess game) but with the basic premise: simple UI, but challenging gameplay. Pretty soon, we might find ourselves getting addicted to tapping on our screens. Or in the case of Flash or PC ports, tapping on the spacebar or mouse button.

Creator of Flappy Bird says the game could make a comeback soon

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The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen has mentioned in an interview with Rolling Stone that this addictive game could soon make a comeback on our favorite app hubs. However, he claims that there could be a warning message at the start of the game to notify users that playing the game continuously could be harmful, although I’m not sure how much of an effect that will have on the users.

His concern reportedly was that the game was simply too addictive for users, which is why he decided to pull the game out of the Google Play Store as well as the iTunes AppStore simultaneously, even though it was raking in close to $50,000 in ad revenue each day.

With the absence of Flappy Bird from the Play Store, there have been numerous pretend apps hitting the app hubs every day, but fans will be quite pleased to know that the original game which started it all off could be making a comeback soon. It must be noted though that Nguyen merely stated this in an interview and hasn’t made anything public yet, so don’t hold your breath.

Source: Rolling Stone

Via: The Verge

Google Starts Rejecting Games With “Flappy” In Title

The recent pull out of Flappy Bird by its creator from the Google Play store has left a vacuum which a lot of enterprising individuals are happy to fill. A lot of clones have already been available even when Flappy Bird was still at the top of the charts and now that it is gone a wave of games with the name “Flappy” in its title such as Flappy Fish, Flappy Pig, or Splashy Fish are flooding the Play store.

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Google is now actively rejecting new game submissions with “Flappy” in its title, which is obviously a clone of the popular game. While the company has not made any official statement regarding this, several game developers have reported that their games were taken out Google Play. Ken Carpenter of Mind Juice Media discussed his experience with Google saying that “The first time I assumed it was because I included a phrase about ‘Flappy Dragon’ being the best flapping game to play now that ‘Flappy Bird’ is dead. My app was originally published with no issue and was online and searchable for a few hours.”

Right now it seems like it’s only the new clones that are being rejected while those that have already been authorized are still available.

One of the main reasons as to why Flappy clones are being rejected is that most of them contained malicious code. A blanked prohibition in using the word Flappy may be one of the best solutions to stop the spread of malware.

Flappy Bird rose to fame early in 2014 by becoming the top game in Google Play. Its developer however removed it from the online store which became a controversial move that had a lot of people speculating on the real reason. Before it was taken down the game was reportedly earning an estimated $50,000 in revenue from ads alone.

Apple is also rejecting games with Flappy in its title. A company spokesperson said that it’s not simply banning games with Flappy in its title but games that are trying to trick consumers into thinking that it is associated or replacing the real one.

via arstechnica

Flappy Bird Creator Reveals Why He Took Down App

In the past few weeks the mobile gaming world was rocked by a simple yet addicting game called Flappy Bird. The gameplay is quite simple as all a player has to do is tap on the screen to guide the bird between a series of pipes. As simple as it may sound it is actually quite difficult as first time players will have a hard time clearing even the first pipe.

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Its developer, Dong Nguyen, recently took down the game from Google Play and the App Store without providing any concrete reason as to why he did it. Some people speculated that it was due to legal issues while others say that he is selling it to a bigger studio. Why take down a game that is reportedly earning around US$50,000 a day in ad revenue alone?

Forbes was able to track down Dong Nguyen in Hanoi and was able to get the real reason behind this.  Nguyen says that Flappy Bird is dead permanently. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”

The interview took place in a hotel on the condition that his face should not be revealed. It was even delayed a few hours as Nguyen, who was relatively unknown a few weeks ago, had a sudden meeting with Vietnam’s deputy prime minister Vu Duc Dam.

In deciding to pull Flappy Bird out of circulation he said that it was guilt, aside from the fact that “my life has not been as comfortable as I was before”. He added that he hadn’t been getting any sleep.

Nguyen however will still continue developing games as his success with Flappy Bird has made him more confident. He has other games on top of the gaming charts such as Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block which are ranked number 6 and number 18 respectively at the App Store.

As for the clones of Flappy Bird that are now sprouting like mushroom he says that he won’t take any legal actions against copycats. He even said that “I have tried playing Ironpants. It’s a good game.”

To the countless people who have downloaded Flappy Birds Nguyen says “Thank you very much for playing my game.”

via forbes

Is it really ‘game over’ for ‘Flappy Bird’?

Flappy Bird Game Over

I’m not much of a gamer these days. With so much work, one could not afford to spend hours and hours playing games. Except, of course, when reviewing games and apps is part of an assignment, in which case, I really appreciate the opportunity I get to play. And so with the latest buzz about Flappy Bird, I finally install the game on my phone and see what the hype is all about. (more…)

Flappy Bird Now Officially Gone From Google Play

As promised by game creator Dong Nguyen, the popular game Flappy Bird is no longer available for download over at Google Play and even at Apple’s App Store. Nguyen first hinted that he was taking down the app on a Twitter post he made yesterday stating that “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.”

Flappy Bird

There have been a lot of speculations as for the reason why the game was being taken down by the developer himself when it is doing quite well, with reported earnings of $50,000 a day from ads alone. Some people claim that it is because of copyright issues while others say that the game is being sold to a bigger studio.

The real reason behind this is that the developer is uncomfortable of all the attention he is getting now. In one of the Twitter posts he made he hinted that “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.” He also said “Not because of them but because how people use my game. They are overusing it.”

Whatever the reason is here are some facts about this game

  • Nguyen has already made at least one or two million dollars from this title already.
  • The announcement has increased the number of downloads and despite being removed from Google Play it will still continue to generate revenue
  • Nguyen has other game titles at the App Store that rank high in the charts with no indication that those titles will be deleted.

Those who have previously downloaded Flappy Bird on their Android devices will still be able to play the game even if it is no longer available at Google Play and Nguyen will still be earning from the ad revenue generated by the game.

It appears that the announcement made yesterday on the game being pulled out may have even increased its number of downloads. Those who haven’t tried out the game rushed out to download the free game. Fans are even giving it a high rating presumable to save the game but to no avail.

Those who haven’t downloaded the game but want to try it out may have to search for the .apk installation file of Flappy Bird which should be available in several popular forums. There is however a risk in getting a file this way as it might contain malware.

via google play

Flappy Bird To Be Removed From Sale

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Flappy Bird, the delightful and irritable game, will be no more. Today on Twitter, the developer of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, has announced that as of tomorrow, February 9th, the game will be no more.

Dong says that he is not taking it down because of legal issues, though. Flappy Bird has been noticed to be using very similar art from the old 8-bit Super Mario games, specifically the pipes.

Flappy Bird is also not available for sale to any other development companies, so an official version will not pop back up. But rest assured that there will be other versions available anyway.

So basically, we don’t know why Flappy Bird is no longer available, as of February 9th. But it sounds like he is tired of the attention the game has been getting, with him getting asked for interviews. He is probably also tired of the hate this game has been getting from users who complain that it is too hard.

So if you want to play Flappy Bird (and probably delete it shortly afterwards), you’d better do it while you can. Especially iOS users. Android users will probably be able to find the APK online, but iOS users will have a tougher time finding it. Also, now there will be no Windows Phone version of Flappy Bird.

So, as usual Flappy Bird is free on both the App Store and Google Play. Personally, I wish the developer best of luck with his future endeavors, along with the money he has and will continue to make from the ads.

Source: Twitter (1), Twitter (2), Twitter (3)

Download: iOS App Store, Android Google Play

Flappy Bird Developer Makes $50,000 A Day In Ad Revenue

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Flappy Bird, that both fun and irritating game, makes a lot of money off the in-game ads. If you still don’t know what Flappy Bird is, it’s a game where you try to maneuver through a series of pipes with a bird. That’s it. There’s no other plot or instructions. You just have to keep tapping the screen to keep the bird flying.

There’s no doubt that if you’ve played Flappy Bird, that you have seen the ads on the top of your screen ranging from other apps to services online. Every time you see that, the developer makes some money. Flappy Bird has had over 50 million downloads on both iOS and Android.

Speaking to The Verge, the developer, Dong Ngyuen, says that because of the 50 million downloads and every user seeing the ads, Flappy Bird makes him $50,000 a day. So in a week, that’s $350,000. For a typical 30-day month, that’s $1.5 million. Yes, that’s right, $1.5 million.

Everyone has been scratching their heads at how Flappy Bird came out of nowhere to both the iOS App Store’s and Android Google Play’s top #1 spot. But as Polygon put it, it’s proof that no one knows what people want to play these days. Even my mother, who is not a gamer, is playing Flappy Bird.

The one platform Flappy Bird is still not on is Windows Phone. However, the developer has said that it is coming to that platform soon.

If you still haven’t played Flappy Bird and want to both have fun and experience rage, download it at the source links.

Sources: The VergePolygon, International Business Times, and Twitter

Download Links: iOS, Android

Flappy Bird Flies Onto Google Play

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Flappy Bird, the popular iOS game, is now officially on Google Play. This game has actually been out on iOS since May 2013, but just now got popular. Now Android users can join in on the fun/torment.

To play Flappy Bird, it’s actually very simple. You tap the screen to keep the bird flying through a maze of pipes. If you hit a pipe or stop tapping the screen, you will immediately fall to the ground and the game will be over.

The fact that it’s so simple is what really makes it tormenting when you die. You just get so frustrated that you let something so simple beat you. So if you want to join in on the fun/torment, hit the source link below.

Source: Google Play via Android Police