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DotGears Company Limited
IndustryVideo games
Founded2005; 18 years ago (2005)
FounderDong Nguyen
Key people
Dong Nguyen [vi]
Number of employees
5[1] (2022)

DotGears Company Limited (trade name: .Gears) is a Vietnamese video game developer based in Hanoi that specialises in mobile games. The company was founded in 2005 by Dong Nguyen,[2][a] and is best known for developing the 2013 game Flappy Bird, which became popular due to its simple mechanics but high difficulty.[4] As of December 2015, the company employs six people, including Nguyen.[4]

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".[5] 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.[6] It uses different mechanics compared to Flappy Bird but is still considered by critics to be equally difficult.[7][8]

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  1. ^ Vietnamese: Nguyễn Hà Đông[3]


  1. ^ "About". .Gears. Archived from the original on 30 December 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  2. ^ Guinness World Records 2016. Guinness World Records. 10 September 2015. p. 183. ISBN 9781910561034.
  3. ^ "Cha đẻ Flappy Bird: Chỉ làm việc mình giỏi nhất – thiết kế game". Đẹp (in Vietnamese). 19 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Jarvis, Matthew (13 January 2016). "Flappy Bird creator partners with Obokaidem for new game". MCV. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Ben. "The man behind 'Flappy Bird' is back with a new game". Business Insider. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  7. ^ a b Gilbert, Ben (26 January 2017). "The man behind 'Flappy Bird' is back with a new game". Business Insider. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  8. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (26 January 2017). "'Ninja Spinki Challenges!!', the Latest From the 'Flappy Bird' Creator, is Now Available". TouchArcade. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  10. ^ Alexander, Julia (20 September 2017). "Flappy Bird no longer playable with iOS 11, creator says final goodbye to game". Polygon. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  11. ^ Oxford, Nadia (1 August 2014). "Flappy Bird is Back in Flappy Birds Family". Gamezebo. Archived from the original on 6 September 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2018.

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