“Flappy Bird” clones being flapped out of app stores

If you thought it was the end of “Flappy Bird”, then you were right and wrong. After having had enough with his immensely addictive and frustrating game, developer Dong Nyugen pulled the game from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. But because of the immense popularity that the game gained, developers and clone makes just can’t seem to get enough of the “Flappy Bird” sensation.


Hence we saw numerous games with the slightest modification of the name “Flappy” and as a consumer, you had a nightmare when you wanted to find a good one or a closely named application. To clean the plague of Flappy Bird clones, both Apple and Google have acted on their own application stores by either removing the applications/games from the market or temporarily disabling them.

This information came to light when a developer Ken Carpenter submitted an application named “Flappy Dragon” to the Apple app store. The application had been rejected on the grounds that it was named based on a popular application and this was Apple’s response – ” we found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app. ” On similar grounds, Google has also prompted developers to rename their application, if, in anyway the name resembles the now extinct Flappy Bird.

Author: Monish Kumar

Monish is passionate about smartphones who is also interested in User Experience and Design. He is currently using Samsung Galaxy S3. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+