Counterfeit Pokemon Game Tops App Charts

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Counterfeit Pokemon Game Tops App Charts

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A bogus version of Pokémon Yellow has reached #2 on Apple's paid apps sales chart, despite the fact it doesn't work.

The app costs $0.99 and comes courtesy of developer, QEAB, which also released equally unlicensed versions of Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh around the same time. The game seems to have slipped past Apple's less-than-stringent application process, though presumably the company has its hands full protecting us from all that nasty satire.

Official or not, there's a market for Pokémon games on iOS. Pokémon Yellow, which according to the sales blurb is "Just like the original. Only better because you can play it on the most intuitive device ever - the iPhone," is currently squatting on the #2 spot on the App Store's paid Apps sales chart, despite the fact it doesn't actually work. According to the majority of the user reviews, the app crashes upon reaching the title screen. Luckily, QEAB - which is a fantastic word to say out loud - are on the case.

"If you are experiencing issues with Pokémon Yellow, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience," says the company's website. "Thanks for your patience while we thoroughly investigate this issue. We are working on a new build and we anticipate this will be completed soon, which should overcome the issue. Again, apologies for the inconvenience."

There's numerous upsides to this whole debacle: first, perhaps complaints from a heavy-hitter like Nintendo might shake up Apple's somewhat lax attitude towards protecting developers from thieving scam artists; second, it might convince Nintendo that there's money to be made in iOS versions of their bestsellers; and finally, it's a wonderful opportunity to use an obvious "it's still better than Angry Birds," joke. That's me, always looking on the bright side.

[Update] While writing this, the game was removed from the app store, anyone who bought it can get a refund through Apple's customer service desk. Have fun with that.

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Lord that mask couldn't be any creepier if there was an overweight black man under it
OT:I heard of this earlier. Just another scam I guess...

I love the fact that it not working didn't seem to be a deterrent.

that picture....some guy has murdured pikachew and is wearing his skin as a mask?!

Zachary Amaranth:
I love the fact that it not working didn't seem to be a deterrent.

Well you have to have bought the app in order to leave a review and warn other people so at least a handfull were guaranteed to buy. I also think the fact that it was available on the top 10 paid apps box led a lot of people to click buy without actually viewing the app or the reviews.

On another note the game actually reached #1 before it was taken down.

Kyrinn:

Zachary Amaranth:
I love the fact that it not working didn't seem to be a deterrent.

Well you have to have bought the app in order to leave a review and warn other people so at least a handfull were guaranteed to buy. I also think the fact that it was available on the top 10 paid apps box led a lot of people to click buy without actually viewing the app or the reviews.

On another note the game actually reached #1 before it was taken down.

But that's exactly the thing. It had to get to the top, and that took more than a handful.

Once you're in that top ten, yeah, you're going to get a lot of blind buys. But that large divide between the handful of starters and the top ten list is the part that gets me.

There was a similar thing on the Android market. It worked but it was terrible and clearly unlicensed. Though, just like this situation, it shows there is in fact a market for this type of game... maybe I'll make one that works and doesn't directly infringe on Pokemon! MUAHAHAHAHA!

Trolling at it's finest people, this madman who tricked people into surrendering their 99c is going to far!

lmao XD

I can not believe that so many bought a non-working app regardless of the copyright infringement
at least apple is handing out refunds

seriously I always research before I buy games READ THE USER REVIEWS PEOPLE!

QEAB used rip-off
It wasn't very effective.

Maybe apple should use a small portion of it's 100 billion dollars that's just sitting around doing nothing to hire a few people to keep this shit from happening in the first place. No? Guess it's too expensive then.

Hey Nintendo!!! Maybe you could oh I dunno release some of your games on the iphone and other smartphones there seems to be a market. Why fight apple when you get profit from them.

spectrenihlus:
Hey Nintendo!!! Maybe you could oh I dunno release some of your games on the iphone and other smartphones there seems to be a market. Why fight apple when you get profit from them.

If they are going to release old games it will be through their own eShop on 3DS. Expecting them to put their own software on someone elses hardware because it has a larger market share would be like expecting apple to put the AppStore on Android or the iLife/iWork programs on Windows 7.

DVS BSTrD:
QEAB used rip-off
It wasn't very effective.

Shouldn't it be super effective since it hit the #2 spot in paid downloads? :D

Side note, only teenage girls use iphones! Android is for real phone...ers!

yundex:

DVS BSTrD:
QEAB used rip-off
It wasn't very effective.

Shouldn't it be super effective since it hit the #2 spot in paid downloads? :D

Side note, only teenage girls use iphones! Android is for real phone...ers!

I knew you were going to say that the INSTANT i saw what post you were quoting.

DVS BSTrD:

yundex:

DVS BSTrD:
QEAB used rip-off
It wasn't very effective.

Shouldn't it be super effective since it hit the #2 spot in paid downloads? :D

Side note, only teenage girls use iphones! Android is for real phone...ers!

I knew you were going to say that the INSTANT i saw what post you were quoting.

I don't know if that's good or bad. :(

:)

Capcha: That iesnork
Yeah! That damn iesnork!

I'm just loving that pic.
But we need a pokemon yellow remake now... NOA!!

Looks like Nintendo

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Can't catch them all.

Or, maybe according to the update, they can. I still am amused by it though. Nintendo and Apple getting along? Forget it. Pokemon isn't going to grace Apple products, the IP is needed to sell the 3DS with the next version. A version I may end up not buying... For the first time in my life...

That picture is amazing.

Grey Carter:
perhaps complaints from a heavy-hitter like Nintendo might shake up Apple's somewhat lax attitude towards protecting developers from thieving scam artists;

Since a word like "lax" is relative and must be put into context to gain meaning, I'm assuming you are comparing the App Store review process to... uhm... the review process of another mobile software store with similar low barriers of entry... such as... uhm...

Surely t'is better to have no review process at all, like the Android market (which have had several Pokemon clones), since that evidently protects the store from criticism of the review process ;-)

I do appreciate the Escapist's famous anti-Apple bias at times, but in cases like this (easily compared to articles on the same subject by other sites, such as Ars Technica), it just leads to bad, or at least silly, journalism :-D

Ah, well, I'm sure The Escapist will do a piece on all the times Apple actually does remove clones and other forms of copyright infringement (of which they removed over a dozen last month) from the App Store. Considering that this is something other mobile software stores do not, that IS actually NEWS...

Redlin5:
Or, maybe according to the update, they can. I still am amused by it though. Nintendo and Apple getting along? Forget it. Pokemon isn't going to grace Apple products, the IP is needed to sell the 3DS with the next version. A version I may end up not buying... For the first time in my life...

Heh, one of the few times Nintendo's shares have jumped in recent times is when a persuasive rumor that Nintendo intended to release their software for iOS spread. After Nintendo vehemently denied, their shareholders started pressuring them to actually do so :-D

Yer right, as long as Nintendo rely on hardware sales, it will not happen. The question then becomes: how long CAN they survive by putting out dedicated portable consoles in a world where smartphones (of all kinds, not just Apple's), a piece of tech that is rapidly growing towards being ubiquitous in the western world, already can exhibit superior hardware, greater portability and a whole world of utility and creative software, and the constant connectivity that 3G and 4G connections bestow, leading to a whole new kind of multiplayer gaming. People are already playing SFIV for iOS (and soon for Android, hopefully) competitively during train trips and in classrooms, and once async gaming really takes off (the first tremors can already be felt in many Android and iOS forums, where the first question any maker of a multiplayer turn-based games will face is: "does it support asynchronous play?"), WiFi connectivity might not be enough to bring all those otherwise wonderful little Nintendo consoles into our homes, hands and hearts...

QEAB... I love saying that.

OT: Another clone? Really? Seriously, Apple, get your shit together. Now.

I spotted that app the other day, for a split second I was quite excited about the prospect of playing it again, then two things struck me. Why would Nintendo allow Pokemon to be released on the app store for 69p, when people would likely pay 3 or 4 pound for it on their e-shop? And then I saw dozens of people rating it one star and basically saying that if the guy who released it was on fire, they wouldn't piss on him. So I passed.
Glad to see Apple refunded people their money.

Nintendo should really release pokemon on IOS. It might stop people from downloading nonofficial firmware on to said IOS device and then downloading pokemon. Think of the money both apple and nintendo.

(I am not endorsing downloading nonofficial firmware on to said IOS device and then downloading pokemon. Do not do it!)

How does apple not deal with shit like this faster? I mean they flat out refused to put up the legitamtely great game "Bad Horse" from pop-cap yet they can't recognise when fake, unlicenced and nonfunctional software is climbing up their charts? I find this hard to beleive.

Once again Apple both keeps an overly protective grasp on the App Store without actually doing anything about the fake stuff.

Now this should tell Nintendo that we want to see the Pokemon games on the 3DS virtual console. They'd make a lot of easy cash that way.

Redlin5:
the IP is needed to sell the 3DS with the next version. A version I may end up not buying... For the first time in my life...

O_O

Am I reading this right? What sort of madness is this!? If it's because you don't own a 3DS, I'm sure one of us would gladly buy one for you. Can't be me, though, because I'm back to having no cash in my pockets. >.>

OT: This is the iOS's consumer base we're talking about. Of course it would reach #2 on the charts. These people know nothing of emulation or even *gasp* buying a Nintendo portable and their desired game! Let me actually check Amazon for something real quick...

Platinum GBASP - $39 used
Pokemon Yellow - $30 used

Okay...Maybe it is a bit more expensive than I thought. But there is eBay, and a GBA would allow the customer to play every Pokemon game from the first 3 generations. Seems way more reliable than most other sources.

On a side note, Nintendo really does need to get around to releasing the first 3 Pokemon generations on the 3DS Virtual Console. I'm getting really impatient regarding that.

DVS BSTrD:
QEAB used rip-off
It wasn't very effective.

They're not paying for the refund. They just pocketed the money and left town. Apple is eating the losses.

wait, so was this their plan all along? I can't really imagine them making money any other way, since Pokemon is Nintendo copyright?? So it was essentially dine and ditch?

Hahaha, I cant believe I almost bought that game.

I knew something was wrong when "Pikatchu" just sat around the house smoking pot and eating Fig Newtons.

scottxxxx667:

spectrenihlus:
Hey Nintendo!!! Maybe you could oh I dunno release some of your games on the iphone and other smartphones there seems to be a market. Why fight apple when you get profit from them.

If they are going to release old games it will be through their own eShop on 3DS. Expecting them to put their own software on someone elses hardware because it has a larger market share would be like expecting apple to put the AppStore on Android or the iLife/iWork programs on Windows 7.

But Microsoft does sell Office for the Mac. Then again, their market share is so much bigger and more firmly entrenched already that they don't have to be afraid it of any negative consequences. Apple's market share on handheld games is what, ten times Nintendo's at this point, or something?

Speaking as someone who has released a game on the Apple App Store. I really want to know how this happen? My game was rejected twice before approved. Once for a trivial bug we didn't know we had, they really looked at our code and played our game. The other time was for the description be worded as if the game was incomplete(I had the line "Check for updates"), I just had to redo the description. The screener who let this through should be fired.

is this an appropriate article to bring up the much ask for never will be seen poke'mon MMO that everybody that has ever played a poke'mon game has wanted since forever? especially because a real poke'mon on something other than gameboy would be just awesome.

Twelve seconds after reading this article, I have found a GameBoy emulator app. $4.99, you supply your own ROMs. If I wanted to play Pokemon yellow, I could play Pokemon yellow on my phone. But Pokemon IOS? Yeah, that would be neat.

Sucks to be Apple, though, having to fork up the lost cash.

The biggest morons on this planet are those people who buy apps even though it is clearly a scam, then bitch about it in the reviews. Makes me mad as hell.
PEOPLE ARE YOU BLIND?! THE APP HAS 1 FUCKING STAR. SERIOUSLY, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?!

Steve the Pocket:
But Microsoft does sell Office for the Mac. Then again, their market share is so much bigger and more firmly entrenched already that they don't have to be afraid it of any negative consequences. Apple's market share on handheld games is what, ten times Nintendo's at this point, or something?

This would be relevant if the entire reason for Windows was to sell Office, which it's not. There are many other reasons to run Windows, Microsoft Office is just one of many. Supporting MacOS is advantageous for Microsoft because sales of Windows won't tank because of it. A drop in the sales of Windows only comes from the competition (Apple and the many flavors of Linux/Unix) being better.

If Nintendo ported their games for use on iOS, they are hurting the market share of their handhelds. Right now if someone wants to catch them all, they must first catch a 3DS (or GB/GBA/DS). Their handheld is made specifically for this game (and many others). Releasing Pokemon on the Apple would only make Nintendo's competition more popular, which is a bad thing for them.

That would be the equivalent of Nintendo releasing The Legend of Zelda on the Genesis because there was demand for it. Sure, people would have loved to have seen it, and would have paid good money for it, but in doing so they've lost one potential sale of an SNES. Putting Pokemon on iOS would stall sales for the 3DS, as people will no longer need one to play the game. If Nintendo isn't making money off of the 3DS, they have no reason to make portable games.

Why would they want to be restricted creatively by Apple, when they already have free reign to do what they want on their own systems? While Nintendo would get plenty of sales on other platforms, they're not getting them on the most important one, their own.

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