To: Games 4 Touch

RE: Your unethical bullshit.

I don’t usually get riled up about things like this, but you’ve really crossed the line with this one. Petri Purho is too nice a guy to sue you. He should, and would be successful in doing so; you have copied the mechanics, level structure, look, feel, and sound design of Crayon Physics. He’s too nice a guy even to write you a strongly worded email.

So, here’s your message: get a life, you creative parasites. Get a life, and make your own games. What you have done is indefensible. If you’re going to clone someone else’s brilliant idea because you’ve none of your own, at least have the decency and respect to alter the treatment slightly. Just slightly and I could have looked at your game and said ‘ah well, it’s the casual space, what are you going to do?’ As it is, you’ve given Petri a slap in the face. It will not affect him or change his approach to game design – he is brilliant and courageous, unlike you – but what you have done is wrong, and someone needs to tell you so. In your heart of hearts, despite the money you are now making, you know you are uncreative lowlife scum. You have stolen from an independent game developer, the righteous little guy, the creative future of the medium. Congratulations.

Hoping you choose a better path in the future,

Steve Swink

9 Responses to “To: Games 4 Touch”

  1. December 8th, 2008 | 12:50 am

    Seconded.

    I’ve seen the game ripped off a few times now … there’s a flash version floating around (Magic Pen: http://www.bubblebox.com/play/puzzle/975.htm ) that looks JUST like it but was not as elegant, but I’m pretty sure was not endorsed by him.

    Ugh.

  2. December 8th, 2008 | 8:29 pm

    I agree this is ridiculous! They couldn’t even come up with something other than a star for the level-end??

    I don’t know how they sleep at night. They should be sending Petri a percentage of their earnings at the very least.

  3. Derek
    December 22nd, 2008 | 10:55 pm

    I sent an email to these assholes after watching some videos on this game and I really don’t see how they’re going to survive. Half of the product in Crayon Physics is the level design. If they can’t even come up with the concept on their own, how can they expect to beat out the 70+ levels that are available for Crayon. The only way they can keep up is by ripping more of it off and then they’re just digging themselves into the ground. Shame on them. This is what brings the whole industry down and what brings art down as a whole. :(

  4. January 15th, 2009 | 11:30 am

    Hear hear! We’ll show these chumps by making quality indie titles for iphone. I don’t want to live in a world where a Tank clone makes 100k…

  5. March 20th, 2009 | 5:20 pm
  6. whois
    April 24th, 2009 | 12:40 pm

    Anyone knows the name(s) of the people who did this? If their names will be spread they will have a hard time in the industry at least.

    Through Whois the Domain registrant is someone with the name “Bryan Ave”.

    Registrant:
    GKG.NET Domain Proxy Service
    GKG.NET Domain Proxy Service Administrator
    302 N Bryan Ave
    Bryan, TX 77803
    US
    +1.9796935447 (FAX) +1.9796947060
    gamez4touch.com@privatedomain.gkg.net

    ___

    I bring the beer you bring the torches!

  7. Bryon Astell
    August 12th, 2009 | 1:52 pm

    Made a post on digg and riddit about it. I hope people can spread the awareness and not buy this game.

  8. January 18th, 2010 | 7:04 pm

    I think Bryan Ave is his address, not his name. But all the better, someone in Texas can go pay him a visit, maybe with a shotgun.

    That copy is much too obvious, I think Petri Purho does have a case against him if he really wants to. There are a bunch of Iphone developers out there that are doing this, here’s a report on a complete copy of fl0w (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/06/25/creator-of-flow-decries-flow-esque-aquatica-iphone-game/)

    Its… sad. Really.

  9. evanpumpkin
    February 11th, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    I completely agree, not only on this case, but in the case of “Trundle” and NightSky.

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