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Flappy Bird is set to make a comeback in August this year. The game that was taken down by its creator for being too addictive would be a little different this time around, featuring two major changes: less addictive gameplay and multiplayer mode.
Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, the creator of the game, had taken the game off Apple and Google’s app stores because it was too addictive and earlier said that he couldn’t sleep because of this guilt.
Nguyen also walked away from an estimated $50,000 per day in advertising revenue after pulling off the game. Flappy Bird was free to download, but displayed ads on the screen while users played.
The game was originally released in May last year, but grew in popularity in late 2013 only. Interestingly, it was the most downloaded game on Apple’s app stores in the US and China in January. It was launched on Android on January 30, 2014. But on February 8, Nguyen tweeted that he will remove the game the next day.
Nguyen decided to bring the game back after several Twitter users threatening him with murder, while some said they would commit suicide unless it was brought back. Several clones of the game emerged, but none became such hits.