Clones Of Flappy Bird Creator’s New Game Pop Up In Under 24 Hours
The mobile game market is the worst. If “free” games aren’t persistently trying to sell you in-app purchases, unscrupulous developers are attempting to ride on the success of original games by cloning them. The latter being the case with Dong Nguyen, creator of Flappy Bird, and his new game.
Swing Copters released on the iOS App Store and Google Play yesterday but as this tweet by indie dev Christer Kaitila shows, good luck finding it amidst the tidal wave of clones.
Mobile is messed up. Didn't this game come out like 48 hours ago? pic.twitter.com/Xq4zjZKIzd
— Christer Kaitila (@McFunkypants) August 21, 2014
Why is there nobody regulating this type of thing? Some of them are even using the man’s name. Like, the name he was given at birth. It’s fucked up, and this shouldn’t be able to happen.
I’m not saying developers shouldn’t be able to take inspiration from other games. Hell, every military shooter released since Call of Duty 4 could be called a clone in that case. I’m talking about blatant clones put out to make a quick buck off the back of somebody else’s hard work.
A quick look at Google Play shows that this isn’t uncommon. A search for Threes comes up with at least 4 clones. Meanwhile 2048, a game that’s already a clone of Threes, has hundreds of clones floating around. Even relatively niche titles like Super Hexagon have been cloned.
One of the biggest stories about how a clone affected the original developers is Ridiculous Fishing, a game by Vlambeer that was cloned before it even released. Polygon have a great feature outling the entire story through interviews with the developers that you can check out here. Another great read the developer of Threes take on clones, specifically 2048, which you can find here.
Something needs to happen before mobile gaming can progress. Google and Apple should take a stand against shady business practices like clones and games built entirely around coaxing players into spending money on in-app purchases so that we can download a game without having to worry about these things. Games are developed to make money but entertainment and decency should be valued above all else.