Two top titles have been booted not only out of the App Store’s Top Free iPhone Apps chart, but also out of the App Store itself.
As noted by Appsfire, the two titles in question are Weed Firm and Flappy Bird: New Season. This now defunct duo makes one wonder how such games get approved by Apple for inclusion in the App Store in the first place. The former has been removed presumably for its rather controversial content, while the latter has been made unavailable on account of its being a blatant clone of a popular game.
Boom! 2 top titles gone from the store. Flappy bird clone (including original creator name) and Weed firm. pic.twitter.com/ep8xHxVRSn
— Appsfire (@appsfire) May 21, 2014
Weed Firm was, quite bluntly, centered on the cultivation of cannabis:
Follow the story of an expelled botany sophomore Ted Growing as he inherits a growing operation and expands it. Learn to grow weed, plant new varieties to increase your yields, expand your customer base and interact with the characters to become the biggest weed dealer in town. Complete tasks to open new shelves in the store and become a more efficient and prosperous weed grower and seller. Watch out for the thugs and cops. Good luck! May Jah be with You!
Before being uprooted from the App Store, Weed Firm was planted firmly in the No. 1 position in the Top Free iPhone Apps chart.
Flappy Bird: New Season, for its part, was at the No. 5 spot.
Flappy Bird: New Season was, of course, a clone masquerading as a sequel of sorts to the hugely popular Flappy Bird game developed by Dong Nguyen. The game was even listed in the App Store under Dong Nguyen’s name, which, to be fair, is a common name in Nguyen’s home country of Vietnam. But in a recent tweet, the real Dong Nguyen asserted that Flappy Bird: New Season was not his creation.
'Flappy Bird: New Season' is not mine.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) May 15, 2014
If you’ll recall, Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird from the App Store last February because he felt players were becoming too addicted to the frustratingly fun one-tap bird-flying game. But last week, he revealed that the game would be making its comeback in August in a “less addictive” form but with multiplayer support. Oddly, he also teased a new game that could “make people forget about Flappy Bird for a while.”