As you are no doubt aware, Flappy Bird has been removed from the app stores by its creator, Dong Nguyen. The incredible success of the app left Nguyen feeling overwhelmed with the new found fame. Here is what we wrote a few days ago:
Nguyen seems to be one of those guys that’s just not ok with fame. He fancies himself an indie game developer and never meant for Flappybird to catch on the way that it did. While we still think there’s more to the story that’s not been uncovered yet, we will let it go at Nguyen’s reasoning for now.
Whatever the case, Flappy Bird is long gone. It seems the only way to even get the app anymore is to buy a phone with the game already loaded at upwards of $100,000 on eBay.
In the wake of the Flappy Bird shut down, there are many, many questions left unanswered. Not the least of which is how did a game, with such awful graphics and such a simple game play become so successful? While it is hard to answer any of the questions, the raw facts remain. StartApp took a step towards shedding some light on the phenomenon with the below infographic. The image traces the rise and fall of the game: