On the right side you've got RedSpell's What's the Word?, a picture-based word game that's been tearing up the free iPhone charts for several weeks. On the left, LOTUM GmbH's What's the Word?, a picture-based word game that arrived on iTunes on February 4. Guess which one is at the top of this week's charts?

It's a magical business, the mobile gaming industry. Here you can make a complete copy of another game right down to the name (the subtitles are different), release it into the wild and ride the original game's success straight to the top of the charts. User reviewers have noticed the difference and are trying to warm potential players away, but who reads reviews on free games?

The original's developer has noticed as well.

Dear friends!

RedSpell team would like to thank you all for making this game #1 on AppStore in US. It's so much successful that there already clones that mimic the entire app! We very much appreciate your loyalty that fills us with inspiration to improve the game.

Stay with us, we need your support.

Oleg Volobuev,
CEO - RedSpell

If Oleg was here I'd hug him. This is a sorry state of affairs.

Top Paid iPhone Games — 2/12/2013

RankGameLast WeekChange
1.Minecraft Pocket Edition10
2.Clear Vision 2N/AN/A
3.Angry Birds Star Wars2-1
4.Arms Cartel Global5+1
5.Fruit Ninja6+1
6.Plague, Inc.4-2
7.Crafted Battle3-4
8.Cut the RopeN/AN/A
10.Bad PiggiesN/AN/A


Top Free iPhone Games — 2/12/2013

RankGameLast WeekChange
1.What's the Word? 4 Pics 1 Word (Clone)N/AN/A
2.What's the Word? New Quiz with Pics and Words (Original)1-1
3.Temple Run 22-1
5.Line Runner 2N/AN/A
7.Candy Crush Saga5-2
8.Word of the RingsN/AN/A
9.Subway Surfers4-5
10.Bingo Hearts8-2