As Matthew Fick pointed out on Monday, the mobile games industry has no shortage of shameless clones and blatant rip-offs. That was proven yet again by Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2, which managed to reach number four on the iTunes App Store’s paid charts before Apple finally removed it.
The amazing thing is that, aside from the name, the game bears almost no resemblance to Mojang’s smash hit Minecraft: Pocket Edition.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2, which cost $10.99, was first spotted by Reddit users, who watched it rise to fourth position on the charts before Apple nuked it from orbit. Ironically, first, second and third place on the charts at the time were held by Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Minecraft Story Mode and Lucky Block Mod for Minecraft respectively.
Eurogamer had a chance to check out the game before it was yanked from the store and confirmed that it definitely had nothing to do with Microsoft or Mojang. “Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 is a terrible top-down swipe game in which zombies attack Scorpion from Mortal Kombat,” said Eurogamer’s Wesley Yin-Poole. “I bought it and spent a few minutes ‘playing’ it before it crashed my iPhone.”
Even the name of the game’s developer is cribbed from someone else, with the App Store listing “Scott Cawthorn” as its developer – which is likely meant to leverage the popularity of Scott Cawthon, creator of Five Nights at Freddy’s.
To me the most bizarre aspect of all this is that Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 even managed to successfully run the gauntlet of Apple’s strict app approval process, and that the game was apparently available on iTunes for a few weeks before it was maimed. I guess allowing obviously fake sequels to the most successful, most popular game in your entire store is totally okay, but happy vaginas are a no-no.