How many times have you watched a movie and thought you’ve seen it before even when the movie just released, which is thanks to many ideas getting reused from movies released over the years. It’s hard to find original movies sometimes and the same can be said for gaming, especially when we see developers take ideas from other successes including reusing content from previous games that is seen as lazy developing to some people.
One of the most successful games on iOS right now is Temple Run and it’s set to inspire Android clones, which some programmers feel is a matter of when not if it will happen. A few of our readers might have played “Tiny Tower” on iOS, which following its success saw a game called “Dream Heights” launch that looked very familiar. Zynga and other big game developers keep an eye on what’s popular, so it’s obvious they’d find inspiration in other games that take the industry by surprise.
Direct rip-off’s vs. inspiration – it’s fair to say that a direct rip-off is not acceptable under any circumstances, although inspiration is what drives the gaming industry and you’ll find many developers being inspired by what others are doing. Let us know your thoughts on games that look very familiar to other successes before them, and also the idea of developers borrowing ideas to inspire future games?
In this article the author on NYT looks at how Temple Run became a bigger hit than Zynga Games, and leads the author to expect that Temple Run is likely to be copied by other large game developers like Zynga. We’d love to see something with a twist and this is good for the gamer that gets bored of Temple Run, but a clone seems