Might Flappy Bird make a return flight to mobile game stores?
In an extensive interview with Rolling Stone, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen says he is "considering" whether to relaunch his hit game on Apple's iOS and Google's Android devices, one month after abruptly removing the game.
Nguyen tells the magazine he has turned down several offers for rights to the game, which spiked in popularity earlier this year and rose to the top of the App Store and Google Play charts.
Flappy Bird features a flying bird players navigate between pipes by tapping the touchscreen to keep it airborne. The game was known for being especially difficult compared to most mobile titles.
In February, at the height of the game's popularity, Nguyen pulled the game down. In a later interview with USA TODAY, Nguyen says player "addiction" drove him to yank the game off app stores.
"Flappy Bird has unexpected effects," said Nguyen. "It causes addiction (in) people. I think it is an unexpected problem ... and I have to remove it."
According to Rolling Stone, Flappy Bird still generates tens of thousands of dollars for Nguyen off players who downloaded the game before its removal.
He's also working on three new games: a cowboy-themed shooter, a flying game titled Kitty Jetpack and an "action-chess" game launching later this month.
Meanwhile, the absence of Flappy Bird has generated a wave of knockoffs on app stores. Of the top 10 free apps on Apple's App Store, five are games that mimic Flappy Bird's gameplay.
If Flappy Bird does return, Nguyen tells the magazine it will warn users to "take a break."