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In case you haven't heard, the latest game to drive iOS players wild is the deceptively simple Flappy Bird, which requires you to guide an ugly little bird through green pipes that surely must agitate the copyright lawyers working for Nintendo. How popular is the free little app? According to a new report from The Verge, it's raking in around $50,000 per day through advertising.
Flappy Bird's almost absurdly simple; you just keep guiding the bird through the pipes, accumulating a new point for every pipe you pass. It's far more difficult than it sounds, though, and the personal best of most people I talk to amounts to a score in the 20s or 30s. (As for myself? 36.)
Vietnamese developer Dong Nyugen actually released the game way back in May of 2013, but it didn't "take off" until this year. Now that it accounts for 50 million downloads across both iOS and Google Play, Nyugen has no plans to change such a simple formula that works.
"Flappy Bird has reached a state where anything added to the game will ruin it somehow, so I'd like to leave it as is," Nyugen said to The Verge. "I will think about a sequel but I'm not sure about the timeline."
Sound fun? Ish? You can download Flappy Bird from the App Store here. Nyugen even has another game on the App Store's top 10 chart, Super Ball Juggling, and you can download it here. Asked why Flappy Bird was so darned popular, Nyugen's reply was as simple as his game. "[Flappy Bird] is simple to learn," he said, "but you need skill to get a high score."
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