Flappy Bird soars to the top before falling off the charts


Many users are grateful to gain just one point in the addictive Flappy Bird game. While the concept of the game is quite simple, the need to gain a new high score with each play leaves users hooked. Although the game is no longer on the market, this is not “game over” for its fans. People worldwide continue to use the app, and its clones, as the main source of their entertainement and procrastination.

Jack Weinkselbaum, Staff Writer

It’s second semester, you’re a senior and that only means one thing: you’ve caught the yearly case of senioritis.  But this year’s case will be an especially difficult one to fight because of the once-hot, now defunct app, Flappy Bird.

The new game released in mid-2013 was created by indie app developer, Dong Nguyen. Flappy Bird exploded in popularity in late January for an inexplicable reason. But one thing was for sure; everyone had Flappy Bird fever!

Flappy Bird users will confirm one thing: the game is addictive.  Whether you repeatedly lose or suddenly beat your high score, Flappy Bird has convinced its users to always continue playing.  While doing your homework or studying for a test, there is no such thing as taking a five-minute break from playing Flappy Bird.  Those “five minutes” can turn into twenty very quickly, as you keep on saying to yourself “just one more round.”

It seemed as though the Flappy Bird fever would never end, until an announcement was made on Feb. 8. Nguyen, who received massive attention for his new discovery, tweeted that he would remove Flappy Bird from all of the app stores in twenty-two hours.  When Nguyen pulled the game, he received many bitter responses, including death threats and suicide tweets.

People then rushed to get the game before it was removed to catch some of that Flappy Bird fever.  But once the game was removed, the popularity of the game only surged.

A couple days after Flappy Bird was removed, Flappy Bird clones started to pop up in the App Store with a quick rise in popularity.  These clones included games such as Ironpants, Splashy Fish, and even Flying Cyrus.  Then there was the clone of Flying Cyrus called Flappy Miley.  The list went on and on as developers capitalized on Flappy Bird’s fame.  Makers became so desperate that some companies had job listings for developers to create a Flappy Bird clone before the popularity died down.

In any case, Flappy Bird, which ranked as the number one free app in 53 countries, has had Schreiber students hooked for the last month.  There is no way to escape it or its clones.  So no matter what Flappy Bird game you play, be cautious when you press that app icon, because your time may be gone sooner than you think.