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Yoshi's Unlicensed Adventure Available on Android, At Least Until Nintendo Figures Out How to Remove It

If you're a Hungarian Android developer looking to cut game design corners by co-opting an existing character, you might want to go a little more obscure than one of Nintendo's most beloved characters.

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Spotted by the keen eyes over at NeoGAF, Era's Adventures is a real game you can purchase on Google Play for $1.99. It's the story of a young female fire-breathing dragon that finds herself trapped in a strange place, forced to hunt for the keys to her freedom as an arbitrary timer counts down to... doom, I guess? It's not all that clear.

Andev doesn't seem to be going out of its way to hide the co-opting of Mario's ride. The game's website proudly features the Yoshi look-alike. The Facebook page nonchalantly announces new language options for the game—now you can play as not-Yoshi in Spanish, German and Hungarian.

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Who knows, maybe Nintendo's lawyers will be completely fooled by the name and the sex change. Perhaps they'll just let this one slide.

The game is doomed.

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DISCUSSION

If those screenshots are even remotely reflective of the actual game*, then it actually appears to have some decent production value; this makes it an even more baffling choice to blatantly infringe like this, which will undoubtedly result in the game being scrubbed from Play. They could have easily modeled a crap-looking dragon and had a perfectly fine little game.

*Note that screenshots of obscure games are often utter lies - some games will throw up a rendered screenshot of a nice-looking 3D game and then you're actually buying a chess app.