Fake Minecraft sequel pulled from App Store

Unofficial $11 app reached as high as fourth on paid gaming chart before being removed from sale

The App Store has seen no shortage of ripped off games in its existence, but rarely are they as blatant as Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2. As reported by Eurogamer, a game billed as the sequel to Minecraft but having no actual ties to Mojang or Microsoft was released on the App Store last month and reached fourth on the top paid games chart--behind only Minecraft, Minecraft Story Mode, and Lucky Block Mod for Minecraft--before it was removed.

Adding insult to injury, the actual game, once purchased for $11 and downloaded, bore essentially no resemblance to Minecraft.

"Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 is a terrible top-down swipe game in which zombies attack Scorpion from Mortal Kombat," according to Eurogamer's Wesley Yin-Poole. "I bought it and spent a few minutes 'playing' it before it crashed my iPhone."

A Mojang representative told the site that its enforcement team was in the process of getting the app removed. As of this writing, it no longer appears on the US App Store.

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Nathan Fouts President, Mommy's Best Games2 years ago
So at this point... what is the point of the review system? It takes at least 7 days for our games to get through, yet this gets through? Anyone could clearly see this was fake. How can the system be *this* broken, to let this through? Even just doing a Testflight beta review takes *2 days*. Seems useless to me if it doesn't do anything.

If you were to imagine a 'review system' that looks at games before they hit the store, this is *exactly what you'd expect it to stop*. It's not a 'clone', it says it is *Minecraft 2*... this is a perfect example what the system should be stopping and in place for.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Nathan Fouts on 8th January 2016 4:46pm

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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 2 years ago
Pff, the whole Apple App review system is a joke, you have to pay money to get it reviewed before it's released, and after release a lot of apps still get removed..
From an open store where everybody can upload their apps without review, you can expect a lot of this crap, but for a store where developers have to pay to even get the app onto the store it should not.. this only shows that apple is really nothing but a moneygrabbing crap company..
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
"Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 is a terrible top-down swipe game in which zombies attack Scorpion from Mortal Kombat,"
They set themselves up to get sued by both Microsoft and Warner Bros. I wonder if Apple offered refunds to people who purchased this game.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
I wonder if Apple offered refunds to people who purchased this game.
That is a good point Paul, I remember the fake Pokemon game that came out on Apple and wondered exactly the same thing. But yes, the Apple review process is a complete joke..... on us developers....
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Jamie Firth Video Games Production 2 years ago
Vendor has 3 apps on the store. He did an update on the 21st December on all of them... Just before the final store update of the year.
I'm guessing that he already had the games approved (they seemed to have been there since August/September time) and swapped out the old store data for new, dirty, data knowing he probably had 2 clear weeks of sales before anyone noticed or could do anything about it.
Man had a plan I reckon.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
A bad plan, as Apple pay a month or two in arrears so there was little chance to actually get the cash unless it ran for months.
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