Google swung its mighty ban-hammer in order to clean up Swing Copters clone mess

Google swung its mighty ban-hammer in order to clean up Swing Copters clone mess
Swing Copters, the newest game from the maker of insanely-hard, viral game Flappy Bird, was released on Android and iOS yesterday. However, along with its release, the Play Store was flooded with hundreds of clones trying to leech off some of the original's glory. The problem was that these copies pushed Swing Copters so far back down that it was much more probable that users would download a clone, instead of the real thing. In fact, it happened to some of us here in the office, as the first search result did indeed display a game listed as Swing Copters, only to have its name revealed after download to actually be Copters Swing (magic?).

It seems Google does not approve, though, as it has now grabbed the mighty ban-hammer and started swinging at anything that has a googly-eyed character with a propeller cap on it. Reportedly, hundreds of titles were cleaned up and as a result – the original Swing Copter now proudly sits on top of the search results. If any of you were tricked into downloading one of the clones – don't be very proud of your score, since we found that some of them are much easier than the original game. Instead, head to the Play Store and get the one-and-only. And for future reference - Dong Nguyen posts his games on the Play Store via the .GEARS Studios name.

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source: The Guardian



1. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Good Job Google

5. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I heard it was a copyright request by the developer. Same methods as have always been available. Nothing different here. Happens all the time

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Ah, thought it was proactive, still good on it, they acted rather fast.

15. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

It's all Google's fault to start with. On PlayStore, the app devs can put so much hidden tags in the description that can distort the search results which isn't the case on AppStore. And no one reports or comments this fact.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Good job, Google! Clear those crappy clones! Yesterday, when the game was just released, I went to the Play Store and found many Swing Copter games and luckily I noticed that it's not from .GEARS Studios. Btw, I like the game, but it seems like it's not saving my latest high score sometimes.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think Google needs to do a small purge on the play store. Just remove all apps that haven't been updated in say 1-2 years. That way there will far less clutter and more chances to be discovered.

9. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Maybe not updated, but at least check in. At least clear them from search results. Or somehow opt out from old apps. Maybe a timeline search?. I don't think they should be deleted.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I hate this game more than I hate my manager. This is saying a lot. :/

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I know what you mean. I spent 2 minutes trying to figure out this game, and gave up. Too bad I can't do that with my job. My boss is a friend, but I hate the job.

16. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Your manager hates you, too.

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Copy cat developers should be tagged, almost like a criminal record. Your clone gets wiped, you get fined and suspended. To customers, the tag must read "this wannabe loser is not to be trusted".

10. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Maybe just make a reputation kind of like ebay? For developers.

11. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

What difference does it make if you play the crappy clone or the crappy original?

12. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

if google or apple or anybody were to clean of copycats... the number would be cut by at least half

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1769; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Let me add Microsoft in the place of "anybody". It's quite true, they all have clones and craps on the app stores. When this Swing Copters just came out, I searched and I saw some clones as first results. I didn't find the original one anywhere. xD That sucks.

14. bumstah

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I can't get anything higher than 3 at the moment. On Flappy Bird I consistently got 70+, highest being 96. Saying Swing Copter is harder is an understatement.

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