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IndustryVideo games
Founded2005; 17 years ago (2005)
FounderDong Nguyen
Key people
Dong Nguyen
Number of employees
6 (2015)

.Gears (or dotGears) is a Vietnamese video game developer based in Hanoi that specialises in mobile games. The company was founded in 2005 by Dong Nguyen,[1][a] and is best known for developing the 2013 game Flappy Bird, which became popular due to its simple mechanics but high difficulty.[3] As of December 2015, the company employs six people, including Nguyen.[3]

After releasing multiple games that copied the Flappy Bird mechanics, .Gears partnered with Japanese developer Obokaidem, which the developer maintained would be .Gears' only partner "for the foreseeable future".[4] In January 2017, the two companies released their first co-developed game, Ninja Spinki Challenges!!, which is nothing like its previous titles and is composed of different mini-games.[5] It uses different mechanics compared to Flappy Bird but is still considered by critics to be equally difficult.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Vietnamese: Nguyễn Hà Đông[2]


  1. ^ Guinness World Records 2016. Guinness World Records. 10 September 2015. p. 183. ISBN 9781910561034.
  2. ^ "Cha đẻ Flappy Bird: Chỉ làm việc mình giỏi nhất – thiết kế game". Đẹp (in Vietnamese). 19 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Statt, Nick (16 December 2015). "The new mobile game from the creator of Flappy Bird will drive you crazy". The Verge. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. ^ Jarvis, Matthew (13 January 2016). "Flappy Bird creator partners with Obokaidem for new game". MCV. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ Gilbert, Ben. "The man behind 'Flappy Bird' is back with a new game". Business Insider. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  6. ^ a b Gilbert, Ben (26 January 2017). "The man behind 'Flappy Bird' is back with a new game". Business Insider. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  7. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (26 January 2017). "'Ninja Spinki Challenges!!', the Latest From the 'Flappy Bird' Creator, is Now Available". TouchArcade. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e Squires, Jim (3 February 2014). "5 more games from the makers of Flappy Bird (that you can play RIGHT NOW)". Gamezebo. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ Alexander, Julia (20 September 2017). "Flappy Bird no longer playable with iOS 11, creator says final goodbye to game". Polygon. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  10. ^ Oxford, Nadia (1 August 2014). "Flappy Bird is Back in Flappy Birds Family". Gamezebo. Retrieved 28 August 2018.

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