Apple reportedly grounding ‘Flappy Bird’ clones

“The Flappy Bird phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that the original title was yanked out of the App Store by creator Dong Nguyen, whose newfound fame apparently became too overwhelming,” Sarah Perez reports for TechCrunch.

“But though “Flappy Bird” itself may be gone, the App Store’s top charts today are filled with clones that mimic the addicting, frustrating game that became this year’s viral hit,” Perez reports. “However, that may not be the case for long. Word has it that both Apple and Google are now rejecting games that have the word ‘flappy’ in their title.”

Perez reports, “According to Vancouver-based game designer Ken Carpenter of Mind Juice Media, Apple rejected an app of his called ‘Flappy Dragon’ from the App Store. Apple told him ‘we found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app,’ says Carpenter.”

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  1. The tittle is cute but not entirely accurate, only the name is grounded. I’ve heard nothing about clone games under different names being rejected.

    MDN unnecessarily removed the word “Title” and “Google” from the original headline. It’s still a clever headline. 🙂

  2. Why all the flap about an app with flappy title?
    I for one will not be in a flap about it,
    in fact I will clap for Nguyen for pulling out a mousetrap from a claptrap that trapped and kneecapped men effectively like a mantrap! 🙂

    Dear reader, please accept another truly terrible pome by me!

  3. Tut tut. It appears that nasty old Apple is at it again. Those overbearing app store policies are once again cruelly applied at a whim, causing anguish amongst developers, depriving their families of food.

    Mr. Cook, tear down this walled garden!

    Except…wait…the story refers to “Apple & Google“. Shades of the NYT…

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  6. Seems like only the lamest of the lame games get to become chart topping successes on the iPhone. I’m talking about Candy Crush, Flappy Bird, and Angry Birds. And, what’s with the bird thing? Let’s get some reptiles and mammals in there. C’mon!

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