Your hands are sweating as your eyes are fixated on the screen. Your heart pounds with every green Mario pipe you pass through. Then it all ends with heartbreak. Your screen flashes “game over” and the bird you have been controlling lies motionless on the ground. This is when the real rage sets in and the urge to smash your phone is almost overwhelming. But how can an app cause you to feel like this? A game, something that is supposed to be fun, has made you question your life’s meaning with your high score of 9.
The app “Flappy Bird” is simple in design. You maneuver a small bird through an endless onslaught of green pipes. Just tap your screen to make the little bird fly up and remove your finger to watch it fall. You are awarded with one point and an encouraging chime with every pipe you successfully fly through. Seems easy enough, but you’re wrong. Let your little friend touch anything and it’s game over. You have to direct your bird through the tiny openings in the pipes to survive. The worst part is that there is no end to the game. You are only left with rage and the desire to beat your highscore at the end of each game.
So, where can I get my hands on this frustrating game, you might be asking. Well if you haven’t already downloaded it with the 100 million rest of us, then I’m afraid it is too late. Game creator Nguyen Ha Dong as removed the app from both the Apple App Store and the Google Android Play Store. With the game collecting over $50,000 a day in ad revenue many people questioned Dong’s decision. Dong denied the rumors of legal troubles causing the games downfall (it shares many similarities with other popular games) simply stating that he “cannot take this anymore.”
For whatever Dong’s motives were, Flappy Bird will be missed. And for those of you “lucky” enough to still have the game on your phone, my high score is 28 if you’re looking for a challenge.