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NimbleBit Angry After Zynga Launch Tiny Tower Clone

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Matt Gardner
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Dream Heights, Handbags, NimbleBit, Shitting on the little guy, Tiny Tower, Zynga

NimbleBit Angry After Zynga Launch Tiny Tower Clone

Three-man dev outfit NimbleBit vented their frustration at  social gaming giant Zynga after the latter released their clone of NimbleBit's award-winning 'build-em-up' smash Tiny Tower.

Taking to Twitter with a sarcastically-penned open letter to Zynga (full version after the jump), NimbleBit posted up side-by-side screenshots of the two games with text around them congratulating the FarmVille-built Leviathan for being "such big fans", with co-founder David Marsh going on to say that "I don't wish Zynga any ill will, I just think it's depressing for all the devs at Zynga that don't have creative freedom".

Ouch.

Here's the text in full:

Dear Zynga, (all 2,789 of you),

We noticed you are about to launch a new iPhone game called Dream Heights! Congratulations! We wanted to thank all you guys for being such big fans of our iPhone game of the year Tiny Tower!

Good luck with your game, we are looking forward to inspiring you with our future games!

Sincerely, (all 3 of us), NimbleBit.

It would appear that this comes off of the back of an attempt from Zynga to buy NimbleBit out a few months back, as NimbleBit co-founder David Marsh tweeted saying "Even when you refuse to go work for Zynga, sometimes you end up doing work for Zynga anyway" with Ian Marsh following that up with "They did go the honest route and try to acquire us first".

Tiny Towers is hot stuff after last year, as Apple named it their US iPhone Game of the Year, and it's seen eight million downloads on iOS and more than one million on Android.

Which apparently gives enormous corporations the right to rip it off. Still, H&M are probably happy that the internet's found a new seemingly- plagiarising miscreant.

NimbleBit Angry After Zynga Launch Tiny Tower Clone

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Late  Jan. 25, 2012 at 12:39

Despicable. Absolutely shocking.
Kudos to Nimblebit for the way they've handled it so far.

The Zynga one looks so pretty. I suppose that's inevitable if you're directly ripping off someone else's work but can have hundreds of people putting polish on your "new" product.

p.s. Nice tags, Matt. X)

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