A month after the Vietnamese game developer Nguyen Ha Dong pulled the extremely popular but highly addictive Flappy Bird from Google Play and Apple’s App Store, the game has taken China by storm. Flappy Bird was the fastest growing game in China in March, according to data compiled by Wandoujia (or SnapPea), a company that runs a search engine for Android apps.

Wandoujia saw merely a few dozen Flappy Bird downloads before March, when downloads grew to 1.5 million, suggesting the game’s popularity in China surged after Nguyen’s announcement in early February that he would remove the app. Unlike in the United States, where most users get Android apps from a single source–Google Play–Google’s company-run app market is not popular in China for various reasons, resulting in a diversity of app store options within the country, some of which might be offering apps without the permission of developers.

Flappy Bird was initially released in early 2013, but it didn’t take off until early 2014, quickly rising to the top of the charts. The game revolves around guiding an animated bird through green pipes protruding from the top and bottom of the screen. The graphics were criticized as infringing on designs from classic video games, with Super Mario Bros. being the most obvious inspiration.

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