Twisted Pixel: Capcom game is "Complete Theft"

If, as they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery, why is indie developer Twisted Pixel so upset by Capcom‘s newly revealed MaXplosion?

Y’see, Twisted Pixel created a game called ‘Splosion Man, featuring the title character running around a side-scrolling platformer, solving puzzles and traps, and generally exploding.

Now, Capcom have published MaXplosion for the iPhone – and the similarities extend way beyond their choice of title.

Take a look at MaXplosion for iPhone, recorded by The Game Trail:

…and here’s ‘Splosion Man, for Xbox 360, just so you can compare:


Twisted Pixel programmer Mike Henry has taken to Twitter to air his thoughts:

“There’s a right way and a wrong way to go about being “inspired by” another game.”

“MaXplosion gameplay video makes me sad. If you’re going to outright steal a game, you should at least understand what makes it fun.”

“Borrowing is great. Hell, we do it all the time. But that game is a complete theft.”

Michael Wilford, CEO of the company joined in, revealing the somewhat disturbing fact that Twisted Pixel had actually pitched ‘Splosion Man to Capcom, but the publisher didn’t want to pick it up.

Michael goes on to state:

MaXplosion's a kinda scary face, really.

“We’re definitely not going to pursue legal action. While I think the similarities are pretty nauseating, we’re too small to take on a company like Capcom. That, and we owe them one for inventing Mega Man, so we’ll let them slide. I just hope they’re not counting on the fact that indies can’t fight back.

“In general, anything that would take our focus off of making games would be a bad decision, I think. We just need to keep our heads down making the next thing so that Capcom has something to steal next year. But I have to say, the amount of support we’ve seen in the last 12 hours on Twitter and over email has been awesome, and I think that’s better than wining [sic] a stupid lawsuit or anything like that.

“We’ll just have to make our own mobile game and I’m hopeful that Capcom will see that robbing our shit wasn’t worth it in the long run. We’ll let you know when we have something on the mobile front to talk about, but now we have added incentive!”

…in the mean time, and if you’d like to take a look at the lighter side of the deal, may I suggest you check out @MaXplosion on Twitter – he’s an original character, and in no way a work of satire. Really.

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