The brief ascent of Flappy Bird peaked this week, as the game surged to the top of Apple's App Store and Google Play. The game featured a small bird players flew between green pipes, tapping the touchscreen to keep him airborne. While the game mechanics were simple, moving through the pipes proved very difficult.
During an interview with The Verge last week, Nguyen revealed he was making $50,000 a day from ads displayed from within the game.
However, recent tweets from Nguyen suggested the developer might have struggled with the newfound attention his game was receiving. In a tweet sent on February 4, Nguyen asked for "peace," and said the press was "overrating" the success of his game.
"I can call Flappy Bird is a success of mine," wrote Nguyen via Twitter on February 8. "But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."
Flappy Bird also earned scrutiny for its visual design, using green pipes that bear a nearly identical resemblance to those used in the Super Mario Bros. video game series. However, Nguyen insists the game's removal "is not anything related to legal issues."