Idealogic: Flappy Bird madness

What was the Flappy Bird madness of 2014 really all about? We may never know, but these snazzy graphs and numbers might help.

As internet stories go, Flappy Bird verged on Homeric. In the space of a couple of weeks, its Vietnamese creator Dong Nguyen shot from relative obscurity to worldwide fame, as his frustrating little free game topped app store charts around the globe.

Turned out attention was the last thing the developer wanted, and at the height of its success, Nguyen pulled his creation from the app store, telling the world he never intended to create such an addictive game and that the guilt was affecting his sleep.

What was the Flappy Bird madness of 2014 really all about? We may never know, but these snazzy graphs and numbers might help.