Flappy Bird made a dramatic exit from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store, leaving users scratching their heads as to when it will make its dramatic return. Though its developer – Dong Nguyen – had promised that it will make a comeback, with gameplay slightly toned down as to prevent frustration among players, but now, the game has returned, but there’s a catch.
The catch is a rather strange one: though Flappy Bird is back in its full form, it’s only available to download from the Amazon Appstore for users rocking an Amazon Fire TV set-top box. And apart from that, the game sees itself being called ‘Flappy Birds Family’, with the ‘Family’ moniker put in place to assure users that the game is not intended to invoke frustration among players, as we’ve witnessed in the past numerous times. And to top things off, the game includes support for local multiplayer.
Flappy Birds Family is available to download immediately for those in the ownership of the Fire TV, and no, despite it being available on the Amazon Appstore, the game is not supported to work on any Android device, nor any of Amazon’s very own hardware, which includes the newly announced Fire Phone, or the array of Kindle Fire tablets.
The original Flappy Bird title rose to the charts overnight and was raking in revenues clocked at around $50,000 per day before it was pulled. But interestingly enough, today’s release is absolutely free to play, like before, but it does not come with ads during gameplay, which might be a big dealmaker for some players out there.
Today’s release definitely signals for things to come in the near future. With its entry into the Amazon Appstore, it won’t be long till Flappy Bird once again lands on our smartphones and tablets, and when that happens, you’ll definitely hear the news from us.
Now let’s just play the waiting game once more.
(Download: Flappy Birds Family from the Amazon Appstore)
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