Apple fighting Flappy Bird clones, rejecting games with ‘Flappy’ in title


The popularity of iOS game Flappy Bird and the developer’s subsequent move to take the app down from the App Store has surprised a number of people. It has also led to the creation of dozens and dozens of Flappy Bird clones that are trying to cash in on the popularity of the original title.

TechCrunch reports that Apple is now rejecting Flappy Bird clones that use the work “flappy” in their name, citing the following App Store guideline:


Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations will be rejected

We found that your app, and/or its metadata, contains content that could be misleading to users, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.

We found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app.

Developers of games like “Flappy Dragon,” “FlapThulhu: Flappy Madness” have reported similar cases of rejections.

Of course, as with every other time Apple’s tried to enforce a rule, this isn’t applied uniformly to everyone. There still remain a lot of apps with Flappy in their title.

Google is taking a similar approach, and rejecting apps that have the word “Flappy” in them.

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  • Craig A. Thompson

    How about try making a different game? Maybe one that doesn’t completely suck.

  • Abdl

    But there are lots of apps with Flappy already in app store. If they are gonna reject these then they should remove those also

  • Imad Tad

    Available here on flapmmo com

  • Craig A. Thompson

    Cool. Now I can work on my new game called “Floppy Bird”. I’ll use blue pipes.

    • KoloanlZanderz

      Everyone will hate your game because it will be a knock off from the originall

  • DRO

    Game is available and free for all android users. Search for APK

  • brutus

    would they accept “crappy bird”?

  • Guest

    Worst Flappy clone I ever came across. Its too simple