Design Intellectual property AKA plagiarism "eek" that's a touchy subject

Discussion in 'Game Design, Development And Publishing' started by YoKoNo, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. YoKoNo

    YoKoNo Member

    Mar 12, 2018

    I cant remember if this has been discussed before, but intellectual property of a game.

    I want to release a game on google play.

    However its similar to another game on google play.

    The reason is that the game mechanics are the same. Eg a beat em up'.

    I've got lots of ideas I am going to add to this but I don't want to go crazy just to make it so different it becomes abstract.

    I feel like I'm building a house and because someone else has already built a house I have to change it so its different from the first house....I don't want to copy the game per say, and I'm not looking to rip of from the first game. eg Double Dragon -> Triple Dragon.

    ...and after doing some research to me there are some games that look exactly like the game (Most seem to be Chinese clones), which seem to be all over the market.

    I want to create a "homage" to the Amiga / 80's games I played as a child.

    Altered Beast - etc etc.

    Should I just plough ahead and do it or has this been addressed by others? Essentially like hollywood movies there is a finite number of unique genre's. What is the situation out there for things like this?
  2. QatariGameDev

    QatariGameDev Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    I don't think a beat em up genre is protected, As long as you don't use any ripped media ... like images/sprites/audios or protected IP names, It should be fine.

    Also, you can contact Google for a piece of advice, They do review before releasing your app, And communication is the key to surpass any rejection or issue with Google Play.
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  3. Tsa05

    Tsa05 Member

    Jun 21, 2016

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  4. YoKoNo

    YoKoNo Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Good advice from both of you. Thanks :)
  5. NeonBits

    NeonBits Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Fatal Fury, Street Fighters, Mortal Kombat, etc; they're all the same but with different characters and background. It's their style that makes it "original", "different" and interesting.
  6. Taddio

    Taddio Member

    Nov 16, 2018
    Hmmm, Geez, I don't know, dude...
    Do you think I can write/record and perform a rock 'n roll song with my band without fear of Led Zepplin putting on a lawsuit on me? ;)
    Nobody will ever care unless you totally rip off something (possible) and have a hit with it (WAYYY less likely, trust me).

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