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Plagiarised iPhone games sink to new low as developer practically begs Nintendo to sue him

So there's this game on the Apple app store . It's called Super Jump World. Its developer says that it's "inspired by a classic 2D game". For the life of me I can't possibly think which one the wily young scamp could possibly be referring to.

Ooh, ooh, ooh, I know! Is it Plok? Is it Dynamite Headdy? Is it Cannon Fodder? Is it Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero?

Oh I get it. Look at all of those blocks. It's Tetris.

You get four-leafed clovers out of some of those blocks. They turn you from a small leprechaun into a big leprechaun. Some might even say a "super" leprechaun. Maybe.

Oh for f*ck's sake. 

Hey, a snow world! Super Mario Bros. never had one of those, right?

Oh wait. Yes. Yes it did.

In all seriousness, I now have Super Jump World on my iPhone and it's not actually bad at all, despite some slightly slippy controls and occasionally odd jumping physics. Though that latter feature was presumably just put in so as to not alienate Sonic fans amongst all of the flagrant Mario love. Sonic fans just love talking about that stuff.

It's a shameless game alright, but I sort of love it for its brazen caddishness. If you fancy giving it a try and are a bit cheap, act quickly. There's currently a free demo version available for a limited period. Though to be fair I'd guess that the full version will have a similarly finite lifespan, due to the the inevitability of Nintendo suing the developer into a coma any moment now. Yeah, you should probably get on it pretty quickly either way.

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14 comments

  • arariel23 - January 6, 2012 6:54 a.m.

    So... wait. Somebody made a platformer with original art, all-new sprites, and their own level design, but because the gameplay is similar to SMB, it's "plagiarized"? I don't think that word means what you think that it means. This is also in NO way a "new low" considering some of the minecraft ripoffs on the app store that STOLE ART FROM MINECRAFT. THAT is what plagiarism is. It isn't this.
  • Ravenbom - January 4, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    Nintendo isn't going to sue them until they find out what the internet is.
  • AuthorityFigure - January 4, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    Not sure if the publicity given here is warranted. Surely there's someone out there who created a game that's worth an article AND original.
  • codystovall - January 3, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    I just cant see any resemblance.....maybe if he fought a giant kappa or started riding a blue brontosaur or there was bonobo throwing barrels.
  • Muuurgh - January 3, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    So when the leprechaun gets fire power and turns a color other than green, is he still technically a leprechaun?
  • sutrebla15 - January 3, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Gameloft has already made three CoD's and nothing has happened to them.
  • FOZ - January 3, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    That's right. The next generation of portable gaming, right here.
  • GhostNappa2k10 - January 3, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    Hey look! It's the first Saint's Row game on iPhone! :D
  • schro - January 3, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    Nobody remembers Giana Sisters?
  • MidianGTX - January 3, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    Neither Giana Sisters or this are as much of a rip-off as Ricky. This article is a year late.
  • robertpopovic - January 3, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    I played Giana Sisters ages ago at some folks. In my memory it was a lot harder than Mario 1. Was actually tempted to buy the DS version of it
  • Joco84 - January 3, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    probably hoped a leprechaun would make the game fall under Ninty's radar.....
  • Mezolitik - January 3, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    So...is it Cannon Fodder, or what?
  • DannyMB - January 3, 2012 6:56 a.m.

    Couldn't they at least had the main character as a plasterer, or an electrician? Even a bricky? That leprechaun is just wrong.

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