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12:30 PM on 10.11.2014

Smash Bros. clones didn't 'increase required man-hours'

Smash Bros. for the 3DS has been out for a week now, and while reception has been generally positive, there are naturally going to be some gripes after the hype dies down -- fighting Little Mac on a totally flat course, 3DS n...

Jonathan Holmes


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6:30 PM on 06.20.2014

Castaway Paradise is the iPad's answer to Animal Crossing

I took one look at Castaway Paradise and I knew it would be perfect for me. Lately all I seem to want to do is live vicariously through my digital avatars across different platforms. The colorful atmosphere of Castaway Parad...

Brittany Vincent

3:15 PM on 03.06.2014

iOS App Store sees a new Flappy Bird clone every 24 minutes

One month since Flappy Bird's removal from the App Store and the craze has not died down. Pocket Gamer found that, on average, 60 clones were added each day -- 69 on February 28, 48 on March 1, 75 on March 2, and 49 on March ...

Steven Hansen

2:50 PM on 02.08.2014

Flappy Bird creator says he's taking the game down

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has announced via Twitter that he will be taking the game down some point on Sunday. He has stated that he "cannot take this anymore." In subsequent tweets, Nguyen explains that the taking down...

Wesley Ruscher

1:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Flappy Bird makes $50k per day thanks to ad revenue

If you know anyone that owns a smart phone, there's a good chance that they're currently infatuated and infuriated with Flappy Bird, the mobile game that's taking the world by storm. Despite being a shameless clone with terri...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 PM on 02.05.2014

There are at least 13 Flappy Bird clones already

Flappy Bird is still the top free downloaded game on Apple's App Store as of this writing. It's pretty horrible in a lot of ways, but this whole thing is also highlighting another plight that mobile gaming sees: Game cloning....

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:00 PM on 01.24.2014

Indie developer claims King cloned its game

Not that people who have been following the news about Candy Crush Saga maker King trademarking "Candy" and causing issues over The Banner Saga's use of the word "Saga" in its title need any more fuel for the fire, but here g...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 07.02.2013

Get motoring with new demo of Sonic-like Freedom Planet

Earlier this year, throwback platformer Freedom Planet by GalaxyTrail Games blasted through its Kickstarter campaign and almost all of its stretch goals. If you haven't been following, Freedom Planet draws heavily from the SE...

Tony Ponce

6:00 AM on 03.12.2013

Zynga: Copying games is no big deal, don't worry about it

"Zynga is often accused of copying games, which is mostly true." Those were the words spoken by Dan Porter, General Manager of Zynga New York. It's no secret to anyone with the capacity for rational thought that the social ga...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 03.05.2013

Chinese Wii U GamePad clone is better than the real thing

China made a knock-off a consumer electronics device? Whoa! Jane, get me off this crazy thing! In truth, it's not surprising that the Chinese copied the look and style of yet another gaming console or portable -- anyone up f...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 01.22.2013

Sonic-esque Freedom Planet is doing the Kickstarter thing

Oh, did I not mention Freedom Planet before? Of course I have, silly! More importantly, have you played the demo yet? 'Cause you should totally do that if you haven't. Freedom Planet fills me with so many good feelings, and ...

Tony Ponce





4:30 PM on 01.16.2013

Bugs Bunny guest stars in Sonic Universe #48?

The current Sonic Universe arc has focused on the Chaotix and their quest to find their missing partners, Mighty and Ray. Marking the third chapter of the "All For One" tale, SU #48 kicks off immediately after Vector, Espio, ...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 11.23.2012

Psssh! What is this? Smash Bros.?

[Header by Elemental-Aura] Despite Allistair Pinsof's well-reasoned arguments against PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale's being a Smash Bros. clone, it's just so damn blatant! I mean, just look at it! LOOK AT IT! How can it...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 11.12.2012

Sequel to PC Mega Man clone Rosenkreuzstilette is out

Are you familiar with "doujin soft"? They're essentially Japanese indie games, and although most are of the fan game variety, major publishers tend to leave them alone. As it should be! Fan games aren't harming anybody! In 2...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 10.24.2012

What I wouldn't give to play this Sega Smash variant

No matter how much good press PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale receives, it'll never quite settle with me. The fact that it is a "clone" of Super Smash Bros. isn't what's bothersome -- I personally had a grand time with t...

Tony Ponce



Fangasmic Mega Man clone Rokko Chan gets a remix album photo
Fangasmic Mega Man clone Rokko Chan gets a remix album
by Tony Ponce

[Update: I mistakenly said that Dj CUTMAN was the organizer for this project. It was actually the staff of the VG music site Nobuwo. My bad.]

Rokko Chan was really something special, wasn't it? If you haven't played it or even heard of it, you should correct your mistake right now. It's a cute little Flash game that copies the Mega Man formula wholesale, only it changes names and locations "to protect the innocent." It could pass off as a direct sequel to the NES classics, but a few unexpected surprises are sprinkled throughout just to keep you on your toes.

One of the many highlights was the game's chiptune soundtrack, which can be downloaded for free. It's so spectacular that videogame audio site Nobuwo decided to organize a remix album and release it through the GameChops net label. Rokko Chan: Extended Play is an eight-track tribute -- the first track is actually pulled directly from the OST -- that rearranges the music in the same chiptune style.

Dj CUTMAN and Spamtron, who worked together on the Zelda II-themed Bagu and the Riverman, contribute one track, while other artists round up the lineup. One track is even produced by FantomenK, whose song "The Massacre" serves as the closing theme for Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Long story short, go and download the free album from Bandcamp as soon as you can!

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