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Vietnamese app developer Dong Nguyen revives Flappy Bird, as promised

Sunday, August 03, 2014, 16:59 GMT+7
Vietnamese app developer Dong Nguyen revives Flappy Bird, as promised
The interface of Flappy Birds Family on Amazon Fire TV

Vietnamese game developer Nguyen Ha Dong, also known as Dong Nguyen, has kept his words by bringing the Flappy Bird game back to life, but this time only on the Android app store of U.S. online retailer Amazon.

Instead of appearing on smartphone and tablet platforms as before, the new Flappy Bird app – renamed Flappy Birds Family – is only available for downloading from the Android app store and play on Amazon Fire TV, which is a digital media player that allows users to play video games with the included remote, through a mobile app, or with a game controller.

Gamers must use the set-top box of Amazon Fire TV to stream the game from the market and play it with remote controllers connected to the TV like playing traditional console games.

In addition, as the game is only compatible with Amazon Fire TV, there is no option of playing Flappy Birds Family by touching on the touch screen as before.

Following Dong Nguyen’s statement on the revival of the Flappy Bird game in May, the Flappy Birds Family app has a new multi-player mode and some new changes to make it more fun to play and to compete between gamers. 

Regarding its gameplay and interface, the new version almost has nothing different than the original, as players also have to control the bird to fly through the water pipes. But now besides those old obstacles, players must avoid ghosts hovering in the sky.

Additionally, gamers can now choose the appearance of their bird. Besides, when choosing the two-player mode, the interface of the game will be split into two screens on the TV for two separate players to compete in order to see who achieves the higher scores.

“Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire TV with incredible new features: Person vs Person mode, more obstacles, more fun and still very hard. Enjoy playing the game at home (not breaking your TV) with your family and friends,” Amazon writes about the new game on its website.

The time when the new version will be available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play has yet to be unveiled.

In May this year, the information about the resurrection of Flappy Bird quickly caused a stir in the world of technology and gamer communities.

This suggests that Flappy Bird is still a hot game, though it was officially pronounced "dead" half a year ago when Dong Nguyen decided to pull it down from App Store and Google Play.

The game started to become a global phenomenon in late 2013 and early 2014, which led to the unexpected popularity of its author.

It created a pressure of fame on Dong Nguyen and drove him to make a surprise decision of getting rid of the game from the two electronic stores in early February, while the game was still very popular back then.

At that time, it was reported that the Vietnamese app developer living in Hanoi earned about US$50,000 per day from in-game advertising.

At the height of the Flappy Bird craze, a solid 20 or so of the top 100 apps on the iOS store were Flappy Bird clones, and that remained true even after the original came down, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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