The IGF Award nominated One And One Story has been published on the App Store, but not by the developer who was outraged to find the the game ported to the platform by thieves.
Mattia Traverso’s One And One Story was nominated for the IGF Student Showcase this year for its touching tale of love set within a puzzle platformer. It’s currently available for free on the top Flash game sites, but Mattia also has an iOS version in the works.
You can imagine his surprise when stumbling across One And One Story HD on the App Store – his game – but not his version and published by some unknown company. Not just that, but they’re charging $0.99 for the download and making money from it; as they say, this is daylight robbery. The company is known only as Afoli and as you can see on their website, it’s likely that it exists only for the purposes of thievery. This isn’t even a clone, this is the actual game itself with some tweaks for the iOS platform and published without Mattia’s knowledge.
We couldn’t believe it had happened ourselves and asked Mattia if this was actually an unauthorised port, to which he replied:
“It’s real, it’s a fucking clone :( I’m shocked :(”
He later amended his naming of the iOS version as a “clone”:
“Actually CLONE is the wrong term. They just took my game and PUT IT ON THE APPSTORE”
Mattia is making efforts to contact Apple but is getting no luck at the moment, which means that the unauthorized port will remain on the App Store until then. We suggest that you DO NOT buy this iOS version because you’ll be giving the money to the wrong source and supporting thieves.
It’s pretty outrageous that these kinds of things keep happening on the App Store – the fact that it has been published means that Apple have inspected and approved of it. Perhaps they need to step up their game to ensure we don’t see these kinds of things happening again and again, especially to indie game developers.
More information on One And One Story can be found on the developer’s official website.