The creator of Flappy Bird has made good on his promise to bring the incredibly popular mobile game back, this time with a two-player option.
Dong Nguyen, through his .Gears studio, released Flappy Birds Family today through the Amazon Appstore for Android, but not on Apple's App Store or Google Play yet. The free game is compatible with — and currently exclusive to — Amazon's Fire TV platform, and includes new obstacles, like ghosts, for players to avoid.
"Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire TV with incredible new features: Person vs Person mode, more obstacles, more fun and still very hard," the game's description reads. "Enjoy playing the game at home (not breaking your TV) with your family and friends."
Flappy Birds Family supports Amazon's Fire TV remote and its dedicated video game controller — the game now prompts players to "push" a button, rather than "tap" a touchscreen.
Hanoi-based Nguyen released Flappy Bird for iOS in 2013. While the game was free to download, Nguyen reportedly made tens of thousands of dollars daily from advertising. Nguyen pulled the game from Apple's App Store and Google Play in February after the game became wildly popular. At the time, Nguyen said he discontinued the game because of its addictive nature.
"It happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem," Nguyen said. The developer shied away from media attention and said Flappy Bird's popularity cause him emotional distress. "My life has not been as comfortable as I was before. I couldn't sleep," he said.
Polygon has reached out to .Gears for details on the release and if Flappy Birds Family will come to other platforms.