Richi Jennings

Flappy Bird download, despite Nintendo's alleged takedown

February 10, 2014 6:07 AM EST

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Yes, you can download Flappy Bird still.

Oh dear. The insanely irritating and addictive Flappy Bird app has gone 404, as the developer, Nguyễn Hà Đông, 'voluntarily' pulls it from Apple's and Google's app stores. The Vietnamese dev claims he did it because he's fed up with all the attention, but others finger the dead hand of Nintendo's legal team.

Curious what all the fuss is about? You can still get it, if you know where to look.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers celebrate a slow news day. Not to mention: Well, Kate Bush, obvs...

Your humble blogwatcher, replete with sincere thanks to Stephen Glasskeys for filling in last week, curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

 
Phil Muncaster fill his boots. With cash. From the register: [You're fired -Ed.]

The Vietnamese developer of hugely popular smartphone game Flappy Bird hit the self-destruct button...over the weekend after complaining that it had ruined his life.
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He claimed in one [tweet] that people were “overusing” the game. ... “Please leave me in peace,” he pleaded in another. ... Part of the game's appeal is that it is insanely hard.  MORE


 
Now is the time for Rory Cellan-Jones to come to the aid of...

I was late to the Flappy Bird party. I only started playing the annoyingly compulsive chart-topping game on Friday. ... But after a couple of hours I...was hooked.
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It wasn't clear exactly what he couldn't take any more - after all, he had earlier said he was earning $50,000 a day from the adverts. ... [But] as the screenwriter William Goldman said about Hollywood and the movie-going public, when it comes to understanding what will make a successful game, "nobody knows anything."
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Nearly four years ago, I wrote about a couple of bedroom developers in Britain who had achieved similar success. ... One of the apps mentioned in that piece, The Impossible Game, is riding high in the charts again.  MORE


 
But, in petitio principii, Trevor Sheridan begs some questions:

How did the game rise to the top of the charts from nowhere? ... How did a game that borrows assets from Super Mario Bros. survive this long?
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[He claims] "It is not anything related to legal issues" [but] Flappy Bird wasn’t removed voluntarily. ... It turns out that Nintendo got in touch...regarding the art assets...claiming that they’re in direct violation of their copyrights. ... The pipe sprites of Flappy Bird are...practically identical. ... We have seen similar cases with Nintendo...regarding potential infringement. ... We may never know how the game gained such astronomical popularity out of nowhere.
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You can still re-download it from the iCloud purchased tab. ... You can also sync your file to iTunes just to be safe.  MORE


 
And your humble blogwatcher offers this to Android users:

Here's the APK. Make sure you switch off the switch that only allows you to download apps from the Play Store.  MORE


 
Meanwhile, Brazilian dev Ellison Leão's heart was entertaining June, standing beneath an amber moon, softly murmuring:

With this Flappy Bird hype going, i've just released a #melonjs port of it.  MORE


 
And Finally...
Now, when twilight dims the sky above, there's one thing Kate Bush is certain of...

Public service announcement: Do not download apps from untrusted sources! [You're fired -Ed.]

Anyway, did you really think I was going to link to a copyright-violating file?

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