Flappy Bird dead as a dodo with iOS 11 update

It's hard to imagine that it was only a few years ago when Flappy Bird took the world by storm. The addictive and fun game was developed by Dong Nguyen, taking only a few hours to create. Although it was released in 2013, it didn't really gain traction until early 2014. The game easily took the top spot in Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store, but Nguyen felt the game was ruining his life and decided to remove it. While many expressed disappointment, some were caught up in the hysteria, paying thousands of dollars for an iPhone pre-loaded with the game.

It would only take several months for the game to reappear but by that time, many had already created clones in order to satiate the masses. The popularity of the game would fade and the breakout title would eventually be forgotten, making way for new games to take over the spotlight. Although it wouldn't be at the top, the app could still be be played by anyone willing to experience the adventure of one Flappy Bird. Unfortunately, with the latest iOS 11 update from Apple, the game will no longer be supported since the new OS doesn’t support 32-bit apps.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Nguyen thanked those that supported the game over the past four years, giving no indication that it would be updated. Those that are still interested in the game are now stuck with a dilemma, to continue to play the original game without an OS update or bid the game a final farewell and take advantage of all the new features iOS 11 has to offer.

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Source: Polygon | Image via Dong Nguyen

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