The Guinness World Records has named the mobile game "Flappy Bird" by Vietnamese developer Nguyen Ha Dong as the first app to be withdrawn after topping Apple App Store.
Dong, who created and developed the addictive game in only a couple of days, said that the record is a little bit weird but “still an achievement in my life”.
The game, where the player controls a bird attempting to fly between rows of green pipes without coming into contact with them, was released in May 2013.
Flappy Bird's creator Nguyen Ha Dong has a chat with Google CEO Sundar Pichai at a pavement in Hanoi on December 22, 2015. Photo: Q.A.
It received a sudden rise in popularity in early 2014. At the end of January 2014, it was the most downloaded free game in the iOS App Store, earning $50,000 a day from in-app advertisements as well as sales.
"Flappy Bird" was removed by its creator on February 10, 2014, reportedly due to guilt over what he considered to be its addictive nature and overuse.
Dong’s company, dotGears, has just announced a partnership with Tokyo-based Obokaidem to co-develop what is widely believed to be a ninja-themed game.