Developers Accused of Cloning Luftrausers Say Luftrausers Is a Clone

Two days ago, dev studio RubiqLab found themselves the subject of much scorn, thanks to the unseemly resemblance between their game SkyFar and Vlambeer’s long-ago-announced Luftrausers. They responded to their critics by saying that they’ve been working on SkyFar for a year and cited U.S. copyright law. Now, RubiqLab… » 4/24/13 6:00pm 4/24/13 6:00pm

Chinese Developer Straight-Up Rips off Facebook Game

We've seen Chinese and Vietnamese "developers" flat out copy successful Flash games, and steal visual assets from titles like Torchlight before. Now they've taken it upon themselves to rip off an actually good Facebook game, Woodland Heroes, a real-time strategy game made by alums of the studio that makes Madden NFL. » 9/13/12 10:00pm 9/13/12 10:00pm

Outraged Torchlight Maker Calls Out Blatant Ripoff Sold on—Where…

Armed Heroes Online, a game released last week to the Canadian iTunes store, is one of the most blatant cases of theft I have ever seen in an iOS app or game, and considering the shitshow of fakes and ripoffs that store is, that's saying a lot. Nearly every visual asset in this game is taken directly from the… » 7/14/12 1:00pm 7/14/12 1:00pm

Eighteen-Year-Old Developer: "F**K F**K F**K THEY CLONED MY GAME"

Mattia Traverso's eighteen years old. But that didn't stop him from having his first-ever video game be about love. One and One Story's a puzzle platformer where the narration changes depending on what you do. Millions of other people tried out it as a Flash game and gave it love right back. Someone out there loved… » 3/16/12 3:30pm 3/16/12 3:30pm

Bogus Pokémon Yellow Game Is Now Number Two on the Apple App Store

Early this morning, we wrote about the surprise appearance of a Pokémon game on Apple's iOS storefront. Y'know, the one that's apparently a broken scam? Despite that, developer QEAB's Pokemon Yellow is sitting at #2 on the App Store's Paid Apps chart, right behind the fully-functional and actually-pretty-good Grand… » 2/20/12 4:04pm 2/20/12 4:04pm

Tiny Tower Rips Off a Flash Game—and SimTower

Earlier today, the makers of mobile gaming blockbuster Tiny Tower published the kind of open letter loved by video gaming's instantly and constantly angry fuck-the-man constituency, not least because it can be disseminated by imgur. It alleged that Zynga, the popularly despised maker of Facebook McGames, stole Tiny… » 1/25/12 9:30pm 1/25/12 9:30pm