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Is it just me, or is this a blatant rip-off?

11-13-2009, 10:05 AM
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Is it just me, or is this a blatant rip-off?

Parachute Panic, meet Aerial Wonderland...






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11-13-2009, 10:11 AM
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lol wow seriously?

11-13-2009, 10:16 AM
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I'm sure there'll be plent y of people to say it's a genre, and the one on the right has got balloons and a growth chart on the left. Actually it looks like the graphics of Parachute panic and the gameplay of one of those Up style games.

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11-13-2009, 10:38 AM
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When your graphics are stick figures, one won't look that much different from the other. It doesn't look like one game has copied images from the other, and the gameplay looks different, so you really don't have a case here due to the art styles being the same.
11-13-2009, 10:46 AM
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When your graphics are stick figures, one won't look that much different from the other. It doesn't look like one game has copied images from the other, and the gameplay looks different, so you really don't have a case here due to the art styles being the same.
I don't know if he has a 'case' but the second game definitely copied a lot of details pretty literally. Wow! Its pretty bad IMHO.

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11-13-2009, 11:00 AM
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le sigh (face ficus) actually aerial wonderland looks pretty cool because of their inventive use of color. it doesnt look like the developers of wonderland are intentionally trying to rip off parachute panic it just looks like they cant draw.

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11-13-2009, 11:06 AM
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To me, it's the same. Positioning of "Score/Best", the choppers, the overall feel. Everything.

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11-13-2009, 11:20 AM
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First off, just to clarify, I was talking about a visual-copying, rather than a gameplay-copying.
Secondly, I have my suspicions that it's more than just "copying" anyway...

Having drawn all the PP assets by hand myself, I am intimately familiar with every pixel of them, and I actually think some of the simpler assets have been taken from the game, distorted, and re-used.

Look at the button outlines on the Main Menu screen... It's a bit of a weird coincidence that the overlapping corners match in the same way, where the upright lines DO cross the horizontal lines at the bottom-corners, but they do NOT cross at the top-corners...

And I don't think Parachute Panic is the only game where assets have been nicked... Those non-anti-aliased / "pixelised" coins are drawn in a very very different style to the rest of the game.
Same goes for the "glossy" balloons. It looks like a poor mish-mash of assorted elements from elsewhere, plus a few of their own drawn graphics thrown in to pad it out...

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Last edited by BrettArchibald; 11-13-2009 at 11:39 AM.
11-13-2009, 11:22 AM
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at first glance it looks close, but the gameplay is different, one has you landing, the other going up, and there are definitely differences in how the fonts are items are drawn including the copters, and the 'best' is in different places, one has score, the other coins

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11-13-2009, 11:39 AM
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Maybe. The games industry is pretty "blatant ripoff" friendly, though. One could make the argument that blatant ripoffs are pretty much how most new games are made. They can be tolerated if they bring something new to the original idea; I've seen way more shameless ripoffs on the App Store.