Too much Mario: Kill the Plumber parody game rejected by Apple, coming to Android

Too much Mario: Kill the Plumber parody game rejected by Apple, coming to Android
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.



1. hmd74

Posts: 541; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Nice My Zenfone 2 is waiting for it

8. AlikMalix unregistered

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?

9. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

There are no intellectual rights to protect here... All the material is original in this game... Read the source. I will be waiting for this awesome game for my Xperia Z3C

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Yep this looks nothing like nintendo's Super Mario Bros.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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.

14. stealthd unregistered

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.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And you understand it better than Google? You think Google lawyers never evaluate the game before putting it into play store. Apple are just being self righteous like you are!

2. waddup121 unregistered


3. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

This is why I love Google, they're so nice about everything

7. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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.

4. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011


5. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

There have been a bunch of Mario-ized games on Android lately, it wont hurt to put another one...

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nintendo might think otherwise :-)

10. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This gameplay is new and original

13. stealthd unregistered

It doesn't matter how different the gameplay is. Gameplay can't be protected by IP/trademark/patent. Character design can. That's what they ripped off.

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