Too much Mario: Kill the Plumber parody game rejected by Apple, coming to Android
posted by Daniel P. / Jun 23, 2015, 8:51 AM
If you are outing a reverse platformer game called Kill The Plumber, you can reasonably expect some folks making a parallel with one ultrapopular Italian blue collar worker, and that's exactly what Apple did.
The crew behind Kill The Plumber was shot down by the App Store curators with the explanation that their game "includes content or features that resemble a well-known third-party material, Super Mario Bros".
The developers shot back, asking that Apple reconsider its decision, since the game has been authored exclusively by them, and is clearly meant to be a parody, with various obstacles competing against your level completion.
Apple, however, didn't budge, and responded that it could only let it be if there was a thorough change of concept, "from the appearance to the functionality," which is a shame, as the game seems a worthwhile prank, judging from the video below. It is still coming for Android, though, on July 23rd, so not everything is lost for all eventual Mario parody fans.
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Nice My Zenfone 2 is waiting for it
posted on Jun 23, 2015, 9:07 AM 2
I have a question for those that bashed Apple for not paying royalties during free trial of Apple music. This developer paid $0 for using intellectual rights to gain interest to his game - so Apple blocked it to protect intellectual rights - but Google is spree fly ok with that. Where are your pitchforks now?
posted on Jun 23, 2015, 5:25 PM 0
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Base on your evaluation criteria all platform game should be banned. Every FPS I ever played remind me of DOOM should it also be banned too?! I am a avid supporter of Nintendo that own every console ever been made by them yet I still think its not a Mario game beside is up to Nintendo to pursued the matter not Apple.
posted on Jun 23, 2015, 6:50 PM 3
Apple would be just as liable for allowing the game onto their store as the developer is for making it, so it absolutely is something for them to consider. And other FPS's didn't copy Doom's IP. That's what can be legally protected, character design, artwork, etc. Gameplay can't be protected. So sorry, you don't understand intellectual property and how it applies to games.
posted on Jun 23, 2015, 11:47 PM 0
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This is why I love Google, they're so nice about everything
posted on Jun 23, 2015, 10:16 AM 2
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You mean allow blatant copy infringement material? Google being relaxed about everything is exactly why the play store was filled with crap low quality ad filled apps for years, only after they started enforcing apple like rules did the apps start to proceed with quality.
posted on Jun 23, 2015, 2:34 PM 3
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There have been a bunch of Mario-ized games on Android lately, it wont hurt to put another one...
posted on Jun 23, 2015, 12:02 PM 1
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Nintendo might think otherwise :-)
posted on Jun 23, 2015, 12:55 PM 2
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