The lights are on
Zynga's been called out in the past for essentially reskinning popular indie games, adding a "ville" suffix, and reaping the financial benefits, so charges that they're at it again shouldn't be surprising. This time, however, the little guy is taking its case to the court of public opinion in a hilariously snarky open letter to the casual-gaming giant. NimbleBits, the makers of the award-winning Tiny Tower, have noticed more than a few similarities between its game and Zynga's new Dream Heights game, which you can see here.
In a particularly damning detail, NimbleBits' Ian Marsh tweeted that at one point Zynga tried to purchase the three-person studio. Tiny Tower went on to win Apple's game of the year award for 2011, and Zynga did what it does. Dream Heights is currently only available in the Canadian iOS App Store. Check out the letter below.
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Haha, I love a good sarcastic letter that calls people out.
I bet most people who play this game won't even see this letter. And some of those who do will be confused and think Dream Heights was game of the year and tell all their friends about it.
i lovew this letter
Why innovate when you can borrow the success from others?
Tiny Tower is the greatest game in the world. I have never been into mobile games but I cannot put this game down.
This happens too often in the games industry.
I'm LOLing as I read this over and over. Good for Nimblebit for calling out Zynga. I hope they keep making awesome Tiny Tower content.
now if only we could get all the same features as iOS on android. the android community needs some love too! i'm talking to you NimbleBit and/or Mobage
Good for them to take on the man! I'm glad they're not going down quietly. Zynga does this all the time and it's about time somebody stands up to them.