Apple Rejecting 'Flappy' Titled Games From App Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has begun rejecting games attempting to take advantage of the popularity of the now-defunct Flappy Bird, a hit game that developer Dong Nguyen removed from the App Store earlier in February.

    Shortly after Flappy Bird was pulled from the App Store, several clones of the original game soared up through the App Store charts, including a game called Flappy Bee, which stole artwork from a different app.

    Two Flappy Bird clones
    According to TechCrunch, Apple began cracking down on Flappy-titled games over the weekend. One developer, who tried to release an app called "Flappy Dragon" into the App Store, had his app rejected by Apple for attempting to "leverage a popular app," thus violating App Store Review Guideline 22.2, which references apps that contain "false, fraudulent, or misleading representations."
    Several additional Twitter comments revealed that other developers were facing the same rejections on games attempting to use the Flappy moniker, though multiple "Flappy" apps remain in the App Store, including Flappy Fish, Flappy Plane, Flappy Pig, and Flappy Puppy, having presumably made it though the review process before Apple began cracking down on Flappy apps.

    Flappy Bee, the aforementioned app that used stolen artwork and managed to make its way to the top of the App Store charts, has, however, had its name changed to Jumpy Bee, suggesting that Apple may also be asking some existing clone apps to change their names to put an end to the Flappy frenzy. At the height of its popularity, Flappy Bird was reportedly earning $50,000 per day from advertising, so it is unsurprising that developers have rushed to fill the Flappy Bird void.

    Though Apple has begun cracking down on the Flappy phenomenon, two popular Flappy Bird clones, Splashy Fish and City Bird - Flappy Flyer remain the number one and number two free iPhone apps some eight days after the original Flappy Bird game was pulled from the App Store.

    Article Link: Apple Rejecting 'Flappy' Titled Games From App Store
  2. Anitramane macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
    Good. I dont want a milliard rip offs on mah app store
  3. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I'm going to flap my wings and get out of this world if this "Flappy crap" keeps popping up on news.
  4. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    He made a bad decision pulling it from the App Store, but this should give him credit. Plus, all these dumb copycats are getting old anyways.
  5. Aussi3 macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2012
    I can't wait till we never have to hear about it ever again
  6. Shrink macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Judging by the number of reports on this thing, I must assume this is an incredibly important set of events around this game.

    Really!? :confused:
  7. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    What is up with this flappy bird madness? :confused: I played it once, and I really don't understand what the fuss is about. Such a boring game.

    And today, on this dutch selling site (something like eBay), I saw people are offering their iPhones or Sony phone for sale for €1.000+ just because it has Flappy Bird installed...
  8. Smoothies macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2014
  9. mKTank macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2010
    Next up, get rid of that tragic rip off of a game, Candy Crush.
  10. czeano macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2011
    I trust this website will be renaming itself to soon?
  11. TsunamiTheClown macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    What's with all the flappy hate?

    I vote for a "Flappy Bird Roundup" on MR.
  12. MacDude21 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2013

    I say let them be there. The guy decided he didn't want his game to succeed, so let other games take its place.
  13. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    OK. Instead of controlling the bird, how about controlling the pipes?
    The game could be called "Smashy Bird." I'd play that one (for free.)
  14. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Lawl. All that wasted time in a pitiful effort to cash in on a bandwagon that has already fallen off the hype highway.
  15. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    But it's still TOTALLY OK to give your game a title that games the search engine using titles of other top games in your genre!

    Hey, anybody want to play Real Speed Car Smash Asphalt Driving: The Furious Grand Nitro Racing 3D?
  16. MacDude21 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2013
    Sounds like 110.345943847% original fun!
  17. mKTank macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2010
    Something even more annoying: Kijiji's phone section is now completely spammed up with phones that have Flappy Birds installed being posted for $1000+. It's ridiculous. All of this because of a crappy 2D game.
  18. M-O macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    you forgot "angry"
  19. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I always find this kind of copying incredibly frustrating.

    I have several (pretty) original game ideas, but lack the talent and/or time to ever finish them - have several half-finished games over the years.

    And then you have all these guys who clearly have a talent for building games in very little time, but no originality to go with it.
  20. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Those developers just want to get that 50K a day deal.
  21. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    This may be an example of apple overreaching their bounds but I'm glad at least Apple akes more control of its own app store.
  22. 2010mini macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2013
    You know this is serious when both Apple and Google rejects all these clones
  23. dannyyankou macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2012

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