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Ketchapp’s stealing from more than just indies

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We told you recently about the increasingly notorious mobile publisher Ketchapp that seems to be building its fortunes by blatantly and flagrantly ripping off the work of other developers. While most of its targets have been indie developers – having cloned Threes!, Monument Valley and other popular mobile games. They – or at least the developers under their dubious banner – now seem to be stealing their ideas from the bigger guys. Their latest one? It’s ripped from Nintendo.

Ketchapp’s newest game (via NeoGAF) is an iOS title called “Catch the Rabbit.” It’s a simple premise, as these sorts of games often are.

“A mischievous rabbit has stolen all the golden fruits, try to catch the rabbit by jumping from platform to platform without falling! Collect fruits to unlock new animals.”

And it looks kinda nice, in that simplistic sort of way. Nintendo fans will instantly see the problem though. The odd, purple “Rabbit” and the gameplay in general is lifted directly from Super Mario Bros U.

Caththerabbit
“Offers In-App purchases”

In Nintendo’s game, Nabbit is a michievious rabbit-like thief, bedecked in purple and clutching a grab bag. When encountered in a level in Super Mario, Mario and pals have to chase him down, by jumping from platform to platform without falling. Of course, there’s no Mario, and the coins have been replaced by Acorns, because that would otherwise be too bleeding obvious.

Here’s what Nabbit looks like:

Nabbit

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And while clones and stolen ideas are a common occurrence in the mobile games scene, it’s weird to see a publisher so damned dedicated to profiting off of other people’s ideas.

Last Updated: May 8, 2015

23 Comments

  1. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    May 8, 2015 at 15:39

    Gee Wizz…. I can’t believe this really… How far will these guys go before someone sues the living daylights out of them?

    Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      May 8, 2015 at 15:40

      Clearly until it’s properly CONFIRMED 😛

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 8, 2015 at 15:41

        Bwaaaahaaaahaaaa!!! Ok, I lined your sights up for that one…

        Reply

        • Lord Chaos

          May 8, 2015 at 15:45

          Never forget: (refresh for pic)

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 8, 2015 at 15:46

            Hehehehehehe…. I did nothing wrong…

  2. Admiral Chief

    May 8, 2015 at 15:41

    LEKKER NAWEEK VIR JULLE MAATJIES!

    Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      May 8, 2015 at 15:42

      Nou eers? Ek’s al by die huis met `n whiskey.

      Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      May 8, 2015 at 15:42

      Nog net 5 minute…net 5…

      Reply

    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      May 8, 2015 at 15:55

      It’s not 5 yet… sit your ass down!

      Reply

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 8, 2015 at 16:06

        Cape Town suffers from the Twin-Beach-Current-Effect. Because we have two unique currents that collide in a cacophony of undiminished beauty and powerful resolution, the sands of our beaches are negatively ionised. The rest of South Africa, lacking this unique coastal effect, has ordinary boring “not Cape Town”sand. Now. since our sands are both negatively charged the peninsula is figuratively trying to pull itself apart. For some reason, this allows the ordinary date/time lines to shift, blur, or otherwise cease to be altogether. Hence why 17h00 is the end of business elsewhere in South Africa on a Friday, but in Cape Town we’re usually already sipping whiskey by 16h00.

        *watches clock eagerly

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        • ReaperOfSquirrels

          May 8, 2015 at 16:13

          Wow… that’s a long round-about way of saying “Well, Cape Townians are lazy and can’t work until 5pm”

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          • RustedFaith

            May 8, 2015 at 16:43

            Do I sense a bit of jealousy there 😛

            Working till 5 is overrated …

          • ReaperOfSquirrels

            May 8, 2015 at 16:45

            Just a little bit 😛

          • Mark Vincer

            May 8, 2015 at 16:46

            What’s a Cape Townian?

          • ReaperOfSquirrels

            May 8, 2015 at 16:49

            Similar to a Capetonian… the name changes depending on the day of the week and how dead my brain is…

          • Mark Vincer

            May 8, 2015 at 16:52

            Cape Townian makes more sense. Going to refer to myself as such from here on out.

          • ReaperOfSquirrels

            May 8, 2015 at 16:55

            Cool, I’ll refer to you guys as such from here on out too… and if anyone has an issue with it they can come find me in Johannesburg.

  3. SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

    May 8, 2015 at 15:49

    I really don’t understand what possesses people to buy this nonsense on their tablets. Like honestly. If you wanted Mario just BUY MARIO!? OR POKEMON? OR DO WHATEVER THE NORMAL GAMER KIDS WERE DOING IN THE BLOODY 90S SO YOU CAN CATCH UP ALREADY.

    Honestly. It’s shameful.

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    • Tomasz Kucza

      May 13, 2015 at 18:35

      Some tablets are cheaper than a Mario game. Not to mention you also need Wii U to play it. And there are some really good tablet games (platformers too).

      Reply

  4. Adam Nickerson

    May 14, 2015 at 06:36

    Unfortunately, it happens with big and small developers alike.

    Bing Bong:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.NVS.bingbong&hl=en

    Geometry Dash:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.geometry.rush

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