With all the talk of cloning lately, we can’t say we’re surprised to see one iOS game developer suing another over copyright infringement. Yesterday Spry Fox, the developer of the excellent puzzle/strategy game Triple Town, filed suit against 6Waves LOLAPPS, the developers of the strikingly similar game Yeti Town. Read on for details and screenshots of the two games.
Spry Fox’s Triple Town.
Triple Town was originally made for the Amazon Kindle last year, but has since been ported to Facebook, Google+ and, most recently, iOS. Yeti Town came out on iOS in December. According to a post on Spry Fox CEO David Edery’s blog yesterday:
Yeti Town, as launched by 6waves, was a nearly perfect copy of Triple Town. We’re not just talking about the game’s basic mechanics here. We’re talking about tons of little details, from the language in the tutorial, to many of our UI elements, to the quantities and prices of every single item in the store (how exactly did 6waves ‘independently’ decide to price 200 turns for 950 coins, or 4 wildcards for 1500 coins each? That’s quite a coincidence!)
6Waves LOLAPPS’ Yeti Town.
Mr. Edery goes on to say that Spry Fox was actually in negotiations with 6Waves to publish an iOS version of Triple Town, apparently while 6Waves was secretly making Yeti Town on their own. According to Mr. Edery, Spry Fox shared beta builds, private sales figures, and other sensitive information with the company.
For more information about the lawsuit, including a copy of the full legal complaint, be sure to check out Mr. Edery’s blog. And if you haven’t played it yet, we would urge you to try out Triple Town. It’s a free download, and the game is extremely fun and massively addictive.