Similarities between 'Splosion Man and Capcom's clone are 'nauseating,' says Twisted Pixel CEO

Taking competitors' titles and reskinning them is a time-honored tradition in video game development, and it's seen a bit of a renaissance on the iPhone. It's just a little surprising when the guilty party is as big as Capcom - the publisher's new game, MaXplosion, is a direct 'Splosion Man clone.

Above: Taking inspiration is normal - it's how the medium grows - but this seems a bit much...

Twisted Pixel, the creators of 'Splosion Man, are none too pleased by Capcom's mimicry. CEO Michael Wilford told Joystiq, “I think the similarities are pretty nauseating.”

He also said that they would not seek legal action against Capcom because Twisted Pixel is too small... not that Twisted Pixel would necessarily have a case if it wanted to sue - as much of an obvious ripoff as MaXplosion is, it's unlikely that the similarities constitute use of Twisted Pixel IP. If MaXplosion were an unlawful infringement on Twisted Pixel's intellectual property, Activision and EA would have sued Gameloft out of business for similar copycatting years ago.

“...we owe them [Capcom] one for inventing Mega Man, so we'll let them slide. I just hope they're not counting on the fact that indies can't fight back," continued Wilford, adding later, "We just need to keep our heads down making the next thing so that Capcom has something to steal next year.” At least he has a sense of humor about it.

Wilford also revealed via Twitter that Twisted Pixel had initially pitched 'Splosion Man to Capcom, and Capcom passed on it. OK, so maybe Twisted Pixel does have the beginnings of a case. Speaking of Twitter, how does the gaming community feel about the whole thing?

mrkilowatt: Looking forward to @CapcomMobile's sequel to MaXplosion, "Madam PinkMaXBowLadyPartsplosion Girl" #MaXplosionfacts

Mostly like that.

[Source: Joystiq]

Jan 13, 2011

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  • 435 - January 16, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    @Ivan200X Goddammit, Godwin's Law already? Couldn't it have waited until the second or third page of comments, at least?
  • Lovelost - January 14, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    I love Twisted Pixel I'm disappointed that Capcom would rip it off after passing on the Real Deal
  • Ivan200X - January 14, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    Capcom is pretty big like Germany in the 2nd World War.. They can't be expected to know what Capcom Mobile is up to.
  • Japanaman - January 14, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Bit too far? Come on, people! Look at the clones running around! Splinter Cell is a hybird clone of MGS and Syphon Filter. Streets of Rage is a FF clone. Bayonetta is a DMC clone. CoD is a MoH clone. There's been clones in the game industry for ages. Be proud someone wants to copy your title to some degree.
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - January 14, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    On the Eurogamer video for MaXplosion the sounds when the character jumps off of a wall sound ripped directly from a Sonic game. Looks like Capcom have stolen parts from many different games. Look out Limbo of the Lost, looks like you have some competition.
  • FauxFurry - January 14, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    Was this Capcom's little way of getting back at Twisted Pixel for borrowing elements of Mega Man in Comic Jumper? That's what one could call disproportionate retribution,wouldn't you say?
  • NeelEvil - January 14, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    The design of that guard looks like it was lifted straight from Rabbids Go Home as well!
  • Tomsta666 - January 14, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. No publicity is bad publicity. Keep making quality games Twisted Pixel, I <3 you guys.
  • Modroneman - January 14, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    I really thought Capcom was above this. For shame..
  • StrayGator - January 14, 2011 6:41 a.m.

    remember THQ's "World of Zoo"?
  • mockraven - January 14, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    It's pretty disappointing that such a big company as Capcom stoops so low to rip an indie game and publish it as an original title. Like DevilDoor said, I hope that this at least gives Twisted Pixel more publicity.
  • TearsofLaughter - January 14, 2011 1:52 a.m.

    I dont see anything wrong with this if it wasnt for copying i dont think i would've ever escaped high school
  • CODHERO23 - January 14, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    capcom should stop copying other people great games and should focus on making games that don't suck (Im looking at you Bionic Commando!)
  • DevilDoor - January 14, 2011 1:04 a.m.

    Bad rep for Capcom. But Twisted Pixel will at least get some publicity out of it. And with it, maybe some more opportunity's for work.
  • kiwicrossing - January 14, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    Yea this is a bit too far. reCaptcha: thefacts Alyde
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 14, 2011 1 a.m.

    Not cool, Capcom. Not cool.

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