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(Credit: Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET)

Flappy Bird was removed from app stores on Sunday, just hours after its creator warned that the popular game's demise was nigh.

The free smartphone game for iOS and Android took the mobile market by storm, reportedly earning $50,000 in ad revenue each day. Flappy Bird had been download upwards of 50 million times and earned 47,000 reviews on the App Store.

After Flappy Bird secured the No. 1 spot on the App Store and Google Play Store late last month, several media outlets attempted to explain our fascination with the ad-based tapping game, which sported a pixelated art style inspired by Super Mario Bros. However, all that attention proved too much for Dong Nguyen, the app's creator.

Nguyen tweeted Saturday that he would remove the game from the app stores on Sunday, saying that he was overwhelmed by the game's success:

Nguyen went on to tweet that he would continue to make games but that Flappy Bird was not for sale. The Hanoi-based game maker is reportedly working on a simple take of the jetpack endless runner, made popular by games like Jetpack Joyride.



Dong Nguyen Vietnam-based Dong Nguyen says he has been overwhelmed by the media interest in him and his game

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Flappy Bird is flapping its wings no more.

The popular game for mobile devices was removed from online stores on Sunday by its Vietnamese creator, who said its fame "ruins my simple life".

Dong Nguyen, who created the game in just two to three days, was making as much as $50,000 a day from the game's advertising revenue.

In several Twitter posts, he said the game's removal was not due to legal issues and that he may make a sequel.

Mr Nguyen, who describes himself as a "passionate indie game maker", also said on the micro-blogging site that he will not sell Flappy Bird but that he will still make games.

Screenshot of Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen's Twitter feed Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen announced his plan to remove the game via social media site Twitter
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Flappy Bird has been downloaded more than 50 million times, making it this year's most popular mobile game so far.

Launched in May 2013, the game was free to download and required players to tap the screen to keep the bird in flight.

Despite its simple graphics, Flappy Bird was a notoriously difficult game since many users could only keep the bird in the air for a few seconds before it hits an obstacle and falls.

The game went viral after being promoted almost entirely by social media users and was reviewed on a YouTube channel by more than 22 million subscribers.

The official version was only available for Apple and Android devices. It quickly became the number one free game in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store charts.

User reactions
Flappy Bird screen shot Flappy Bird is no longer available for downloads

After Mr Nguyen took the game down, many fans turned to social media to petition for its return.

On Twitter, there were widely-used hashtags of #RIPFlappyBird and #SaveFlappyBird, with several "Save Flappy Bird" accounts being spawned as well.

The game is no longer available through online stores, but it still works on phones that had previously downloaded it.

As a result, some online users have offered to sell their smartphones still containing the Flappy Birds app for large sums of money.

However, some fans expressed their relief that the game was gone.

One user describes Flappy Birds as "an addictive game that everyone hates to love" while another said, "I think it's for the best, and for the best of all the cracked phones out there."

At least one user has tweeted a photo of a cracked iPhone screen - apparently as a result of frantic tapping whilst playing the game.



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