In early February, Flappy Bird, 2014’s most addicting game, was pulled from the Google Play Store and App Stores respectively, as creator Dong Nguyen claimed he felt guilty about the game’s addictiveness.
Whether you believe his motives or not, there’s no denying that the game did become a huge hit, being the most downloaded game at the time on both platforms, and as someone who knew more than a handful of people that couldn’t turn the damn game off, I know it was pretty addicting to a lot of gamers.
Now after all the drama, after the supposed $50,000 the game was making daily on ads, and after all the criticism that the game was getting because, it was practically ripping off Super Mario Bros. art and because the game was nothing more than a tap of a screen, it’s coming back.
Bringing it back, yo!
Asked on Twitter if he was bringing it back to the App Store, Nguyen confirmed, “Yes. But not soon.” – @dongatory
One has to wonder, what exactly he’s doing before bringing it back. Will he change the artwork so that it doesn’t look like a Nintendo property? Will he add more gameplay features than tapping non-stop on your mobile device’s screen? Will it simply feature more unique levels, or different sound effects?
More importantly, will you even care?
There’s no doubt that it’s hard to replicate the virality of a game, much less keep gamers interested after being gone. “Out of sight, out of mind” they say. Surely there are those who never got to play it that will be curious to check it out upon its return, and for those who downloaded it the first time, it’s still playable on those devices, but can it catch fire again?