Mobile Game Copying Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Gameplay

The much-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is due to launch in a week, yet it already has a mobile game counterpart that seems to draw its ideas from the original. It’s not unusual for games to generate imitation titles, yet it is strange for those to be available before the original.

The release of_ Breath of the Wild_ has had a great influence on the gaming world, with many developers citing it as a major source of inspiration. As its sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, is launched a week from now, it is likely that many other games will follow in its footsteps. While taking inspiration is a positive thing, blatant duplication is something else entirely.

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A video clip is circulating on the r/tearsofthekingdom subreddit, showcasing a mobile game named Kung Fu Saga. The clip features a character wearing green garments, riding a falling rock in the sky and eventually arriving at a medieval-looking group of islands – a scene that looks like it was taken straight out of Eiji Aonuma’s recent game demonstration. After landing, the figure fuses a stick and a rock to form a hammer, and then uses it with a campfire to create a smoldering weapon – a slight variation of the Tears of the Kingdom’s fuse ability.

Many jokingly suggested that the trailer could potentially replace the release of the game, with some mentioning the smooth frame rate. Others pointed out the game’s prior title, Avatar Saga, and its use of assets taken from other mobile games. On the other hand, some chose to not join in the discussion and highlighted how mobile developers can misrepresent their games via trailers, which are often more cinematic than the actual gameplay.

Deceptive advertising is not unknown in the gaming world and remains a common complaint when it comes to the mobile game market. Along with the microtransactions, it is a key factor in the lack of success of mobile games in comparison to console and PC gaming. However, mobile games are still bringing in a substantial amount of money, so it is uncertain when there will be any change in this regard.

On May 12, 2023, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released on the Nintendo Switch.