iTunes’ Approval Of Flash Game Ripoff Raises Troubling Question

iTunes’ Approval Of Flash Game Ripoff Raises Troubling Question

A blatantly copied flash game currently offered on the iTunes App Store will likely be removed quickly if Apple’s whack-a-mole approach to content moderation is any guide. But this new twist in App Store plagiarism raises a troubling question for game developers and conscientious consumers. How do you know that $1.19 app isn’t someone’s stolen work?

Achilles’ Defense published by Hanoi, Vietnam-based PTT Solution, is a straight-up ripoff of Ironhide Game Studio’s Clash of the Olympians. It’s not even close. The only difference is Ironhide’s game offers three playable characters, and PTT’s app has just one. Everything else – music, artwork, gameplay – is the same.

Clash of the Olympians was released in late August, and is playable here. Achilles’ Defense published to the App Store on April 18 and apparently has been offered for free since this Sunday. Indeed, it’s already gotten unwitting reviews from some mobile game sites.

PTT Solution has seven other games listed, either free or $1.19 and a $29.99 sales productivity app. Given that Achilles’ Defense is blatantly copied work, it’s fair to question the originality of the rest of its portfolio. And, frankly, one can be sceptical of any bite-sized game by an unknown or independent publisher on the iTunes store.

How Apple can combat that proactively is a hell of a good question, given the thousands of free flash games that pop up regularly. This isn’t like a Super Mario Bros. ripoff, or the outrageous Lugaru matter, in which the same game was sold, under essentially the same name, by a second publisher. Situations like that would seem to raise a flag for anyone reviewing the app. In this case, really, only if someone’s familiar with the flash game in question could you expect it to be caught beforehand.

Ironhead Game Studio, a consortium of developers from Uruguay, is understandably furious. It has written Apple to complain and is asking gamers to assist by lodging their own complaints in the game’s comment space. Kotaku, indeed, learned of the matter from the woman who composed the game’s soundtrack and licensed it to Ironhead. Her sole source of income right now comes from that work.

Achilles defence (CLASH RIP-OFF) [Ironhead Game Studio]


  • What and Angry Birds “the revolutionary itunes game” wasn’t a blatant copy of every other title on Flash sites?

    • It was a copy of the gameplay, but it didn’t steal any assets. All of the content, including level design (however minimal you might consider it to be) was crafted by them. Achille’s Defense has stolen assets from Clash of the Olympians.

    • That’s spot on!! Not only is angry birds a rip off of other classic flash games it’s a pretty horrible version in itself. There are heaps better to be found online!

    • Yup.The only differences between Crush the Castle and Angry Birds are the birds and the pigs.

  • This game USED the artwork, music and gameplay. Angrybirds uses it’s own style of graphics and music. Read before you comment.

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