The Threes team talks ripoffs vs originality, walks through their development process

It’s the nature of the App Store that as soon as original hits the store, the cloners start their copiers. There’s been a lot of talk about Flappy Bird and the huge number of clones it spawned. But it’s true of just about every successful app.

From the team that created Threes:

It’s been a weird and awesome couple of months. Our expectations for our tiny game were well, fairly tiny. Basically, we hoped it’d do better than Puzzlejuice. It did. By a lot. It’s still hard to address the world’s response with something beyond a wide-eyed daze but essentially we couldn’t be more thrilled. Duh.

But there’s another side of that daze that we wish to talk about. The rip-offs.

I think this is a terrific read. The comments come across as honest, not bitter, and I think the points made are fair ones. I would suggest that you start by reading about the game 2048, if you are not familiar with it. And, of course, give Threes a try.

Be sure you don’t miss the email exchanges between the creators as the game evolves. Great stuff.



  • GadgetGav

    So sad that you’re really pushing people towards 2048 Dave. The ethic that Jim talks about of honesty to his readers and the way he runs the Loop Magazine doesn’t seem to apply here… I stopped reading this site because I didn’t agree with your choices of articles, but thought I’d come back and try again. Now I can’t agree with your position on things like rip offs, so I think I’ll have to stop reading again.