The original Flappy Bird game is long gone, with the developer pulling it for unknown reasons. Some speculate that it was a legal threat, whilst others state it was simply a personal action.
Regardless of the reason, Flappy Bird created a shockwave through the mobile gaming industry, showing how a simple idea could sky rocket to success, seemingly overnight. When the game was pulled from the various App Stores across the different mobile platforms, it left a big hole, and it seems every man and his dog have tried to fill it.
A wave of Flappy Bird clones began hitting the Google Play Store, and other platforms too, all ranging in quality and authenticitiy. Some took the chance to spin off the concept, creating new unique games which borrowed the Flappy Bird concept, whilst others used the popularity to bundle malware in poorly coded clones.
The situation has in fact gotten so bad, that a recent survey has shown that 1 in 3 Games across all platforms is a Flappy Bird clone. Unfortunately the success of such a simple game has also been its demise, and the best advice to take given the sheer volume of clones is to not install any of them.
Luckily, those who were (un)lucky enough to not get caught into the Flappy Bird craze can, on Android, sideload the .apk file straight to their device, despite it being removed from the Google Play Store.
However, Flappy Bird seems like one craze that isn’t dying down any time soon.