Flappy Bird returns with two-player option and more obstacles as Flappy Birds Family

Posted on August 2, 2014 - 5:20pm by Patrick Breeden

Editor's Note: The story originally referred to Nguyen's studio as ".Gears." This has since been corrected to "Dotgears."

Flappy Bird, the ultra-popular mobile game, returned Aug. 1 as Flappy Birds Family.

After many months of being off the market, the game returned to the Amazon Appstore for Android and compatible with Amazon Fire TV through creator Dong Nguyen’s Dotgears studio. The game isn’t available for Apple’s App Store or Google Play at the moment.

The Amazon Fire TV version of the game is controlled entirely through the system’s remote or video game controller, prompting the user to press a button rather than tap the touchscreen.

The game also has a new Person vs. Person mode that allows two players to play at once in a splitscreen setup. This feature is accompanied by the Ghost, a new obstacle players must avoid while navigating the bird through the stage.

Starting as a free download in Sept., 2013, Flappy Bird was originally removed from mobile markets in February after Nguyen allegedly couldn’t sleep and began having personal issues due to the game’s popularity and rise in pop culture. He also claimed the product was addictive for people.

“It happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem,” Nguyen said. “My life has not been as comfortable as I was before. I couldn't sleep.”

Nguyen reportedly made $50,000 daily from ad revenue at the height of the game’s popularity. That’s an incredible payout considering Nguyen said he built the game over the course of several nights after work.

The game’s creator previously stated he had no interest in adding any additional features to the game, but the backlash from naysayers may have changed his mind.

Flappy Bird has reached a state where anything added to the game will ruin it somehow, so I'd like to leave it as is,” Nguyen said in February. “I will think about a sequel but I'm not sure about the timeline.”

Flappy Birds Family is still completely free for anyone who wants to download it.

Final Words: Flappy Bird received a load of backlash because players felt it was a very uninspired game that didn’t deserve the attention it was getting. Whether the addition of a two-player mode and additional obstacles calms the mood of said naysayers remains to be seen. How do you feel about Flappy Bird’s return?

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