Thursday, November 7, 2013

Half-Baked iPhone Game Shamelessly Steals Mega Man Characters


Hotel Romeo Media is a mobile developer with a reputation for releasing titles whose settings and characters can sometimes be wholly unoriginal.  The company's latest "masterpiece", A Boulder Sprinkle Adventure: Boom of the Giant Sheep Tsunami Splash, flagrantly steals a few familiar faces from the Mega Man universe.





The free app has players dodging boulders and rescuing sheep as one of the six original characters above.  From left to right: Mega Micah Man, Mega Jayden Jet, Mega Brady 12, Mega Angel Star, Super Mega Sherman, and Ultra Mega Warrior. Most of these bottom-of-the-barrel DeviantART abominations don't come free. All but Mega Micha Man require thousands of in-game currency to unlock; gold coins that run upwards of $9.99.

Worse than outright copying characters, the game practically pleads for your money. Constantly.  Every time you die (which will happen a lot) you're greeted with an ad for some other crummy app. But no worries; fork over a cool $10 and they'll never bother you again. 

All in all, we're looking at the dark side of mobile gaming. A Boulder Sprinkle Adventure: Boom of the Giant Sheep Tsunami Splash perfectly encapsulates the contemptible lack of quality, copyright regulation, and developer practices within the mobile market. It's quite disgusting.

If you *have* to play this, just be wary of ads. One or two false taps can lead to trouble.

Thanks to Russell for the tip!

23 comments:

  1. Remember, Capcom themselves were guilty of ripping off Ms. 'Splosion Man some time back.

    Turnabout is fair play, although I certainly wouldn't give this the time of day as it is.

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  2. I swear those character names were pulled out of a blender.

    (Sheep are a prominent element, huh? Reminds me of this old running gag of mine...)

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    1. Now all it needs is a Ultra Mega Mega Man and we'd have the whole gang. :>

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  3. This entertainment would be praised by us 20-somethings if Inafune were behind it. Let's not forget Mighty Number 9 is a Mega Man ripoff too.

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    1. You're so off base its funny.

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    2. I just hit a homerun so I was not on the bases for long.

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    3. We 20-somethings are discerning enough to tell the difference between a labour of love and a quick cash-in, regardless of who made it.

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  4. And people say MN9 and RKS were shameless.

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  5. It's getting so you won't be able to tell Capcom's half-assed cell phone games from these half-assed cell phone games anymore.

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  6. MN9 is made by the creators, so I would say no it isn't shameless.

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    1. Well they should be shameless. I don't see what's to be ashamed about.

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  7. It's a Hedgehog Dash all over again! http://img-ipad.lisisoft.com/img/7/2/2727-1-hedgehog-dash-hd-super-quick.jpg

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  8. That orange character is going to haunt me in my nightmares. :| The blue and black are not that far behind in the fugly department, either. They're really gross-looking. Whoever drew them can't draw eyes for shit.

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  9. Finally a new Mega Man game! And we thought the anniversary would be a dud :P

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    1. ...

      *facepalm*

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    2. I laughed at this far harder than I probably should have.

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  10. Oh my god damn freakin' hell...
    Who ever made this thing is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo DEAD.

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  11. Reminds me of Candy Crush Saga and all these "currency" games ever since Temple Run came onto the scene, inspiring many developers to put mass in-app purchases

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  12. This is so bizarre I don't know what to think...
    But lol to some comments.

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  13. Rip off games run rampant in the mobile scene. I recently saw a game called "Word Chums."

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  14. I think the author meant "be WARY of ads," and not "weary," even though I have long been weary from advertisements.

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