Xbox may have Removed that dreaded God of War piratebut its creators still blatantly mimicked several high-profile games on the Xbox Store.
As it turns out, Dolaka LTD has quietly released a whole set of doppelgangers for the past six weeks, and I’ve been poking through them like a vulture deep in the neck of a buffalo carcass.This operation is close to the realm of imitation rings; see Classic Platformer Mariones (opens in new tab), if you try it, it hardly feels more like Mario. If mushrooms, spiky turtles, and golden problem blocks aren’t obvious enough, its official description reveals the entire behavior:
“Are you ready for a 2d classic platformer? Try to save the princess with Mariones. Skip many chapters. Kill enemies. Collect items and coins. Collect and earn stars. This is a very fun classic game. “
gold, stars, princesses, Mariones – It’s all there for $3.99, a recurring price point at Dolaka. For the record, I think I want to “skip a lot of chapters”, thank you for the choice.
then there is hello neighbor hello (opens in new tab)a one-on-one rip of the Dynamic Pixels stealth horror game hello neighbor. I’m pretty sure some of the assets used in the store image are actually just Hello Neighbor screenshots overlaid with even worse menus.
It doesn’t stop there either. Zombies V rise after death (opens in new tab) The art of using sloppy editing Steam survival hit V Rising Promote a completely unrelated and completely scary driving game. shooter garena attack (opens in new tab) Seems to combine Superhot’s glass foes with DMC: Devil May Cry’s new Dante, while boosting part of its name from the mobile battle royale Garena Free Fire MAX. Dinosaur Fall Survival (opens in new tab) is off-brand Fall Guys, and Mysterious Epic Fanafena (opens in new tab) (or Fnafeno, Art couldn’t choose the title) Just Five Nights at Freddy: Security Breach, all the way down to some of the same animatronics.
That said, my personal favorite is probably Flying Monster 3D (opens in new tab) (above), it inexplicably uses the Arceus model from Pokemon, as Doraka is clearly there to keep the lawyers drowsy. Its product description is one of a kind: “Are you ready to fly with creatures? Fly over the sea with the most majestic creatures. Try not to hit the rocks in the mountains. Fight for the highest flight score. Get higher scores. than other creatures.”
I’m not ready to fly with this creature, no, I have to wonder if the Xbox is. Pretty much as long as we’ve had games, we’ve had pirated games, but considering Dolaka’s God of War pirates were quickly outlawed after it surfaced, it’s a miracle the publisher got away with so much piracy on one major platform. They may have been pushed out of the wild west through the Xbox Creators Collection program, but the games are still easily found via Microsoft Store search. We have reached out to Microsoft for comment.
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