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  • Apple Rejects Apps with the Word "Flappy" in the Title from the App Store


    Apple recently began rejecting games attempting to take advantage of the popularity of the now-defunct Flappy Bird, a popular game that developer Dong Nguyen removed from the App Store earlier in February. For those of you who didn’t already know, shortly after Flappy Bird was pulled from the App Store, several clones of the original game ended up soaring through the App Store charts, including a game called Flappy Bee which even stole artwork from a different app.

    According to the folks over at TechCrunch, Apple began cracking down on Flappy-titled games over the weekend. One developer who tried to release an app called “Flappy Dragon” into the App Store, had his app rejected by Apple for attempting to “leverage a popular app,” this violating App Store Review Guideline 22.2, which references that contain “false, fraudulent, or misleading representations.” The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

    22.2: 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.
    Additional Twitter comments revealed that several other developers happen to be facing the same rejections on games attempting to use the Flappy moniker, though multiple “Flappy” apps remain in the App Store, including Flappy Fish, Flappy Plane, Flappy Pig, and Flappy Puppy, having presumably made it through the review process before Apple began cracking down on Flappy apps.

    Flappy Bee, the app that used stolen artwork and managed to make its way to the top of the App Store charts has changed its name to Jumpy Bee, suggesting that Apple may also be asking some existing clone apps to change their names to help put an end to the Flappy frenzy. For those of you who didn’t already know, Flappy Bird reportedly earned $50,000 per day from advertising, so it’s unsurprising that developers have rushed to fill the Flappy Bird void. Although Apple has begun cracking down on the Flappy phenomenon, two popular Flappy Bird clones arose, Splashy Fish and City Bird – Flappy Flyer. The apps remain the number one and number two free iPhone apps roughly eight days after the original Flappy Bird game was pulled from the App Store.

    Source: TechCrunch, Touch Arcade
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Rejects Apps with the Word "Flappy" in the Title from the App Store started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. karloz25's Avatar
      karloz25 -
      I wish I knew how to make a game.
      Where do I start?
      I have killer artwork skills both on paper and adobe.
    1. Carlos's Avatar
      Carlos -
      Quote Originally Posted by karloz25 View Post
      I wish I knew how to make a game.
      Where do I start?
      I have killer artwork skills both on paper and adobe.
      I do too if you find out some info let me know ill work with you..

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    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      "Tappy Bird"

      Just tap on it and it momentarily goes up.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      That's not really going to help. I saw a game called Floppy Bird in the Play Store. LOL
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Somebody should put Flappy on Cydia
    1. kemalmurt's Avatar
      kemalmurt -
      Adobe flash pro. With this you can make a simple game.. You can test it for free on android devices, but if you want to test it on idevices you must be registered as a dev. This is about 100 dollars a year. So try "adobe flash pro"..
    1. mickspecial's Avatar
      mickspecial -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carlos View Post
      I do too if you find out some info let me know ill work with you..

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      Ray Wenderlich | Tutorials for iPhone / iOS Developers and Gamers

      Have a video tutorial on how to make flappy bird plus much more