Apple removes lookalike apps from App Store

Apple's iOS App Store has a ton of recognizable games and software programs: Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and so on. But there are a number of app creators to have decided to take a rather unscrupulous route and create apps with names and logo that are almost identical to more popular apps.

Now TechCrunch reports that Apple is apparently doing something about these app swatters. The company has removed a number of these programs from the iOS App Store. The apps had names like Tiny Birds, Plants vs. Zombie, Numbers with Friends, and Temple Jump.

A number of these now removed apps came from one person, Anton Sinelnikov. The Guardian reports that he is just one of many such app developers and development teams that have attempted to basically trick consumers into buying their products instead of the apps that the clones were clearly inspired by.

Apple's App Store guidelines state that if someone submits an app that is trying to "copy another developer's work" they will see the app removed from the App Store. While there's sometimes a fine line between an app being a copy or simply being inspired by a more well known app, there are certainly some apps that were designed and launched specifically to fool consumers.

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There used to be "Cut the Birds" on the App Store. The gameplay being inspired (or copied, if you will) from Fruit Ninja wasn't so bad, but ripping off Angry Birds sprites was another.

That one is gone but now they have a second version of their game up with different graphics.

But hey, at least the knockoffs above weren't this poor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbwWpHGzbcI&sns=em

Denis W said,
There used to be "Cut the Birds" on the App Store. The gameplay being inspired (or copied, if you will) from Fruit Ninja wasn't so bad, but ripping off Angry Birds sprites was another.

That one is gone but now they have a second version of their game up with different graphics.

But hey, at least the knockoffs above weren't this poor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbwWpHGzbcI&sns=em

Oh gawd, that angry birds rip off is shocking...

Wonder if they got any of the "Windows Live MSN Messenger" and similarly named apps
Still don't understand why microsoft hasn't tried doing anything about them.

Temple Jump was great fun.

How did they get approved in the first place our of interest? do Apple not check each app now?

WarioTBH said,
Temple Jump was great fun.

How did they get approved in the first place our of interest? do Apple not check each app now?

Temple Jump, with its misleading icon, lack of ANY screenshots, and thousands of 1-star reviews was fun?? So it was an actual game?

CMG_90 said,
Good. Teach these foreigners that what they are doing is bad.


What about zynga and the yeti town guys... Not jut foreigners.