Flappy Bird craze continues in HTML5 after pulling out of app stores

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Feb 12, 2014 09:20 AM EST

After the addictive game Flappy Bird was abruptly pulled from app stores, clones of the same game have proliferated in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Pebble Appstore. Handsets that are installed with the game are also being auctioned on eBay for as high as $99,999, according to VentureBeat.

Right now, there are 81 developers cloning Flappy, and that number continues to grow. Among the said clones are Flappy Penguin, Clumsy Bird, Ironpants, and Flappy Bee, the report detailed.

The sudden popularity of Flappy bird has sent Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen into a depressed state. He published a tweet expressing his frustration and his longing for a "simple life." On Sunday, Nguyen pulled the said game from the App Store and Google Play, the report explained.

However, Flappy Bird's departure did not stop the game from becoming more popular. Just before Flappy exploded last week, Nguyen said on Twitter that anyone could create an HTML version of his game. Now, Free Flappy Bird can be played straight from a mobile browser or a desktop computer. The game is an exact replica of the original game, the report said.

For sure, other web versions will appear. For now, the Flappy craze is not showing any signs of slowing down, VentureBeat reported.

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