Xbox may have removed this terrible scam from God of Warbut its creator still has blatant copies of several top games listed on the Xbox store.
It turns out that Dolaka LTD has been quietly releasing a whole stable of lookalikes over the past six weeks, and I’ve poked them like a vulture up to their necks in a buffalo carcass. This operation approaches the realm of a counterfeit ring; just look Mariones Classic Platformer (opens in a new tab), who could hardly be more like Mario if he tried. If the mushrooms, spiny turtles, and golden question blocks weren’t obvious enough, his official description gives the full deed away:
“Are you ready for the classic 2D platformer? Try to save the princess with Mariones. Skip many chapters. Kill enemies. Collect items and gold. Collect and earn stars. It’s a Very enjoyable classic game.”
Gold, stars, princesses, puppets – it’s all there and only $3.99, which is a recurring price for Dolaka. And for the record, I think I’d like to “skip a lot of chapters”, thanks for the option.
So there is Hi neighbor hello there (opens in a new tab)an almost unique copy of the stealth horror game from Dynamic Pixels hello neighbor. I’m pretty sure some of the stuff used in the store images for this one are actually just Hello Neighbor screenshots with worse menus overlaid.
It doesn’t stop there either. Zombie V Rising After The Dead (opens in a new tab) uses poorly edited art to Steam Survival Hit V Rising to promote a totally indie and utterly hideous driving game. The shooter Garenattack (opens in a new tab) seems to have combined Superhot’s glassy foes with DMC: Devil May Cry’s neo Dante while removing parts of his name from the mobile battle royale Garena Free Fire MAX. Dinosaur Falling Survival (opens in a new tab) is off-brand Fall Guys, and Mystical Epic Fnafena (opens in a new tab) (or Fnafeno, art can’t pick a title) is just Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, down to some of the identical animatronics.
That said, my favorite is perhaps Flying Monster 3D (opens in a new tab) (pictured above), which inexplicably uses a model of Arceus from Pokemon because Dolaka apparently exists to stun lawyers. Its product description is timeless: “Are you ready to fly with the creature? Fly with the most majestic creature above the sea. Try not to hit the stones on the mountains. Try to get the score of highest flight. Score higher than other creatures.”
I’m not ready to fly with the creature, no, and I wonder if the Xbox is. We’ve had bootleg games almost as long as we’ve had games, but given how quickly Dolaka’s God of War rip-off was taken down after it surfaced, it’s amazing the publisher got away with so much of rips on a major platform. They may have been pushed through the Wild West of the Xbox Creators Collection program, but these games are still easy to find via a Microsoft Store search. We have contacted Microsoft for comment.
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