If you're looking to cash in on the Flappy Bird craze at this point with an app "inspired" by the original, you may find yourself facing an uphill battle from none other than Apple and Google themselves.
According to some developers, the App Store and Google Play marketplace curators are starting to get heavy-handed in enforcing policies which frown on apps with "misleading" titles and data. That means submitting a "Flappy" anything now will likely get you flagged for trying to "leverage a popular app" to get all tricksey on everyone.
The FlappyBirdploitation (sheesh, now even we're trying to cash in on the name!) has seen Flappy Bird clones become a regular fixture in marketplace top ten charts, but it's worth noting that the original game is no longer available for (official) download from both the App Store and Google Play. It seems curious that store policies still take into account titles which aren't even distributed anymore, but then again Flappy Bird isn't your average mobile game.
Flappy Bird was the deceptively simple little mobile game which actually dared to be difficult, and despite launching last year went viral over the past month with the media coverage to match. What was intended to be a quick and quirky game made in just a few days somehow inspired a ridiculous amount of soul-searching and lamenting over the very state of humanity, as anyone in the media who wanted to be seen as something sought to weigh in on the craze.
Sadly, the fame and attention proved too much for Flappy Bird's developer Dong Nguyen himself, and last week he pulled the game from distribution; an astonishing move for what was basically the world's most popular app at the time.