Bye Bye Birdie

Flappy Bird

Almost as quickly as it rose to fame, Flappy Bird’s wings have been clipped after ‘ruining the creator’s life”! Nguyen Ha Dong, the creator of the viral game, took to twitter on Sunday “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 12 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down” he tweeted. “I cannot take this anymore.”

Many people have been questioning Mr. Dong on Twitter about his decision to take down the popular game, as only a day earlier he had been talking about developing the game for Microsoft’s Windows phones. So why would anyone take down a reported $50,000 a day cash cow? According to Dong it’s NOT due to legal issues and that he may even make a sequel. So the real reason is open to debate; was fame ruining Mr. Dong’s life or were Nintendo about to take him to the cleaners for copyright infringement?

So it’s Game Over for Flappy Bird, true to his word Mr. Dong removed the game from both the Apple App and Google Play online stores, but it still works on devices that had previously downloaded it. So in true Monkey Tail style this is the best time to review the game.

The game, which Mr.Dong said was inspired by Nintendo’s Mario Bros, consists solely of flying the eponymous bird slowly and steadily to the right, through an obstacle course of “copyright infringement” pipes. Every time you pass a set you get a “ding” and a point. Just tap to flap, tap faster to go higher stop tapping to drop down. Not that groundbreaking I hear you cry, well not really but it’s not as simple as it sounds!

The game is actually rather difficult to play, this is due to the “innovative” collision detection system designed by Mr. Dong’s blind monkey, which renders your bird dead just from looking at the pipe. The game does have one redeeming feature… it’s addictive! Yes very much like crack; it’s no good for you, you will lose your social life, it will ruin your life (as well as the creators life, if his dubious excuse is to be believed) and like the popular life destroying drug you just can’t put it down. This is due to the good old fashion hook of a leader board, I am extremely ashamed to say I sank hours into this terrible game just to try and beat my friend’s high scores. So does this game get a recommendation from me…  of course not! This game just isn’t fun… not in the traditional sense of the word anyway.

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