Just like Icarus, mobile app Flappy Bird flew too high too fast, and paid the price. One of the most popular games in recent memory, the creator of Flappy Bird removed the game from the iOS App Store and Google Play for being “too addictive.” Demand for the game – which is incredibly tough and even more frustrating – reached such a fervor that phones and tablets with Flappy Bird installed were seeing bids in the thousands of dollars on eBay. Those auctions were pulled, though, as eBay requires devices to be restored to factory settings before being sold. But if you want to play Flappy Bird on your phone, you still can – without paying a dollar. A software developer has recreated Flappy Bird in browser form, and since it’s powered by HTML5, you can play in on any mobile device, as though it never went away. There are also plenty of Flappy Bird clones in both app stores, but be wary: many are actually malware, waiting to harm your device.

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