Millions of people all over the world started off their year right by downloading Flappy Bird. The incredibly successful app, created by a single man in Vietnam, took the world by storm, racking up over 50 million downloads and 48,000 ratings putting it on par with classic apps like Gmail.
Flappy Bird's meteoric rise to fame is baffling though, as most users have expressed frustration and displeasure from the game play itself. Twitter became the hub of angry players to vent their irritation and confusion about why the game was so impossibly hard. In addition, it was addicting as all get out, fueling a vicious cycle. Some players began to suggest that there was only one explanation for why no one could get ahead, and that was that the success in the game was only determined by computer bots. Other suggested that the game was a PR stunt for a larger game studio.
Early in February, the game's creator, Dong Nguyen, announced suddenly through his Twitter account that he would be taking the game down from app stores the following day. Quoting “I cannot take this anymore,” Nguyen was no doubt subject to daily hate mail and threats because of his humble creation.
Take a look at this infographic for more about the rise and fall of poor Flappy bird. Have you played Flappy Bird at all? If so, what was your experience? Check out this infographic from StartApp for more info.