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!