"Flappy Bird," the mobile game that is equal parts simple and impossible, has recently become a hit among users after sitting in the app store for about a month.
It's not complicated. Users tap the screen to move a tiny bird upwards without hitting those pesky green pipes, hoping to earn as many points as possible.
"The reason Flappy Bird is so popular is that it happens to be something different from mobile games today, and is a really good game to compete against each other," Dong Nguyen, "Flappy Bird" developer, told The Verve. "People in the same classroom can play and compete easily because [Flappy Bird] is simple to learn, but you need skill to get a high score."
The app has been downloaded 50 million times and continues to grow in popularity.
But despite its success, Nguyen tweeted that he is planning on taking the game down Sunday.
I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
It seems the game has become too much for Nguyen to handle.
It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
For those that have spent hours only to earn single-digit points, this may be a good thing. After all, that time could be put to better use playing Candy Crush.