'Flappy Bird' Ripoffs Fill The Void

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The creator of the video game "Flappy Bird" has stopped offering it on Apple and Google app stores. Not to worry, other games are taking its place. To name a couple: "Flappy Bee" and "Flappy Plane."


And our last word in business is: flap on, flap off.

"Flappy Bird" is an insanely difficult game played on mobile devices. In it, the player guides a little bird around obstacles that closely resemble green pipes from Nintendo's Super Mario games.


"Flappy Bird" had been downloaded over 50 million times. Then, unexpectedly, its creator, a game designer from Vietnam deleted it from Apple and Google's app stores. He wrote that the game, quote, "causes addiction." A slew of "Flappy Bird" ripoffs are hoping to fill the void - including "Flappy Bee" and "Flappy Plane."

INSKEEP: And now the company behind "Sesame Street" just released its own game. The game stars Bert being carried around by a small bird and yelling for his pal Ernie...


ERIC JACOBSON: Aah-aah-aah-aah, Ernie.

INSKEEP: It is aptly called "Flappy Bert." Great. You've got an addictive game. So the "Sesame Street" people are going to put that out for you. That's just super. Well done there.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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