Feb 17 AT 5:34 PM Dima Aryeh 17 Comments

Google beginning to ban ‘Flappy Bird’ clones from the Play Store

Flappy Bird

With the rise and fall of Flappy Bird, there became a huge demand for games similar to the now-deceased title. It was an incredibly simple helicopter clone, but now that it’s been yanked from the Play Store, other developers are making clones to capitalize on that ad revenue. The developer of the original Flappy Bird reportedly made $50,000 a day from the game, so we can see why others would want a cut of it.

However, clones can often be poorly made, spammy and even malicious. Downloading these clones is dangerous, especially after such the huge boom in popularity that Flappy Bird enjoyed. As a result, Google has taken matters into its own hands and has started banning titles from the Play Store ¬†with the word “Flappy” in the title in an effort to prevent spam and an onslaught of clones. Current titles will be left alone, and only newly-submitted apps will be affected.

Is this the right way for Google to handle the situation? The Play Store has always been a safe haven for spam and crap as long as it isn’t malicious. Many people ran from Apple’s walled gardens to take refuge in the freedom of the Play Store. If Google has decided to block apps based solely on their titles, is it all that different from the walled garden that many of us escaped from?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful Google is filtering out this garbage. The last thing I want is a flood of crappy Flappy Bird clones spamming the Play Store. I think the store has enough spam as it is. But is such a direct and merciless method of app management the proper thing to do? I’m not so sure, but I would love to hear your opinions. Leave a comment telling us what you think!

Via: Phandroid

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • BlazeHN

    Most of the Flappy Birds doesn’t have the word “Flappy” on the tittle and still are bad low quality, full add intrusive, evil clones.

    • Laxminarayan sohanlal darji


    • Element01

      Agreed, this blanket ban isn’t going to be very effective in stopping the really rubbish clones from dominating the app store. A better solution would be to sift through each clone to determine it’s quality (I assume Apple/Googlr doesn’t want to spend any time doing this though).

      Although, it made me laugh to find all of the life ruining experiences flappy bird players have had:


  • renyo

    They probably acted cause someone complained of spam or malware from these apps…

  • Harry Nguyen

    You don’t have to play it on iphone or android. A facebook version of the game also lives on at https://apps.facebook.com/webflappybird

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  • snowbdr89

    People all the sudden think their phones with flappy bird installed is worth thousands now I see ads for a galaxy s3 asking price 1500 because it has this game!!

    • Jon

      … Jesus H. English-grammar

  • surender


  • Laxminarayan sohanlal darji

    Rock games

    • 35478

      yep untill makes you mad

  • REDA
  • donger

    Lol, flappy much?

  • 35478

    can you beat this game or is tis a repating game

  • Fluffy Turfer

    there’s a new clone in town, so they are still being added, 4 characters, some weird ones on google play called Flappy Things https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hannystudios.flappythings_v1