Apple clamps down on iOS game clones – from one developer, anyway


Apple struck a blow against video game clones today by removing several offending apps from one rather prolific independent developer.Among the removed games are apps such as Plant vs. Zombie, Angry Ninja Birds, and Temple Jump, each of which (as you might guess from their titles) had more than a little in common with with major titles such as Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, and Temple Run, respectively.

Obviously the problem is from more than one developer, but it’s good to see Apple starting to take a proactive approach to getting rid of these. Game clones aren’t just a problem among shifty indie developers trying to make a quick buck, though – Gameloft and other major publishers have been accused of the same. How Apple handles these situations will be a broader test of this policy.