Torchlight Dev Gets Ripped Off By Shady iOS App Developer

Torchlight Dev Gets Ripped Off By Shady iOS App Developer

Armed Heroes may be a decent little game, but it’s also ripping off a better one: Torchlight.

There’s no shortage of under-the-radar games on the iOS App Store that have ripped off some art, an idea, or even an IP from bigger and more successful products, but we haven’t seen a rip-off as shameless as Armed Heroes for a while, which seems to have stolen all of its art assets wholesale from the wildly successful (and wildly addictive) Mac and PC action game, Torchlight.

Torchlight by Runic Games is a fantastic action RPG game in the style of Diablo III that runs on pretty much any Mac under the sun. It’s known for its colorful, cartoony art style… a style that far east Armed Heroes dev EGS Ltd. seems to have stolen wholesale to use as assets in their own games.

Runic president Travis Baldtree managed to find about a dozen stolen assets just from watching the game’s official launch video, as you can see below:

Torchlight Dev Gets Ripped Off By Shady iOS App Developer

And that’s just art. It gets even more shameless when it comes to sound files.

Needless to say, Runic has already reported EGLS Ltd. to Apple, and the app will doubtlessly be removed. It’s too bad, because apparently, Armed Heroes isn’t actually a terrible game… but they certainly squandered any good will they might have gotten there by ripping off a company like Runic, who are one of the good guys.

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  • Justin Gilbert

    Oh c’mon. Gameloft rips off big name games all the time and gets away with it. Not as shamelessly, but they still do it. Plus you have a horde of Runic fans who’ve been begging for a Torchlight release on the iPad for several years with not a peep from Runic. Not saying its right, but they had to expect it at some point. The market wants Torchlight on the iPad and the dev’s are only focusing on the next Mac/PC versions…

  • Steve Chan

    Justin. It’s not a mechanic or concept they’re ripping off, which we do see fairly often. Please make sure to read the article again. They’ve apparently appropriated their 3D assets, sound, and other content from Runic, and used it to build their own game. This is pretty underhanded.

  • Nicholas Sample

    im sorry but i have to agree with justin the market wants it so its bound to pop up now the route they did go with was wrong in a sense seeing if they would have just tweaked it more to something different they would have been good

  • rockofonzo

    Ya could’ve also included a link to Torchlight not just the “steelers” link, as Runic are “one of the good guys” right?

  • John Lehmkuhl

    It’s been pulled – no longer in the iTunes market. It doesn’t pay to rip off someone else!

  • Brian Ward

    It’s still up on the Canadian App Store as far as I can tell: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/armed-heroes-online-3d-mmorpg/id533790395?mt=8

  • Justin Gilbert

    It’s been pulled – no longer in the iTunes market. It doesn’t pay to rip off someone else!

    Its not pulled, just wasn’t released in the US AppStore.

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