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Flappy Bird may rise again, creator says

Published on Mar 12, 2014 5:44 AM
An employee plays the game Flappy Bird at a smartphone store in Hanoi on Feb 10, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Vietnamese creator of Flappy Bird says he is thinking of resurrecting the smash-hit free game that he abruptly took offline a month ago - albeit with a warning about its addictive qualities.

In his first interview since he pulled the app from the Apple and Android app stores, citing the pressure its success put on his "simple life", Mr Nguyen Ha Dong told Rolling Stone magazine he now feels a sense of "relief". But asked if Flappy Bird will ever fly again on mobile devices, Mr Nguyen responded: "I'm considering it".

While he is not working on a new version, he said any sequel would come with a warning to users to "please take a break". With its 2-D retro-style graphics, Flappy Bird - in which gamers try to direct a flying bird between oncoming sets of pipes without touching them - was wildly popular.

When Mr Nguyen, 28, announced on Twitter that he was about to take it down, 10 million people downloaded it in just 22 hours - and one month on, clone versions still pop up.

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