If you haven't downloaded "Flappy Bird," consider yourself lucky.
The maddeningly difficult game was pulled from the Apple and Android app stores this afternoon by its Vietnamese creator, Nguyen Ha Dong.
Nguyen, a self-described "passionate indie game maker," announced the move Saturday on Twitter, saying "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore."
The game, which features the familiar artistic characteristics of a Mario Bros. title, is simple in design and objective, but the gameplay is notoriously difficult. So much so that Android "hacks" have been openly published so that gamers can simply falsify a high score and "be done with it."
The objective of the game is to navigate an 8-bit bird through vertical pipes with strategic taps to your screen. Like I said, it's a simple concept, but if you can "medal" in the game, you may be a legend in the eyes of millions of frustrated gamers.
Although Nguyen said the game fetches $50,000 a day ($18 million per year!) from advertisements, the creator tweeted, "it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."
And if you were hoping that Nguyen would sell the game so that it can "ruin" another company's life, he tweeted, "I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird,' please don't ask."
Released in May 2013, the game had a slow rise to stardom before skyrocketing to the top of Apple's App Store download charts. The sudden popularity has attracted Nguyen unwanted attention, with some referring to his art as "ripped-off."
After announcing the game would be yanked, many speculated that Nguyen was pulling the game before a legal attack could be mounted by Nintendo. But Nguyen insisted, "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."
Unfortunately for those of us who downloaded the game before it disappeared into App Store oblivion, we have many more hours of tapping that forsaken screen.
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