These Are The Popular Games That Gameloft Ripped Off For Their App Store Doppelgangers [Gallery]


Look familiar?
Look familiar?

With an impressive collection of App Store releases, and a new hit seemingly every week, Gameloft is one of the biggest and most successful game developers for the iOS platform. But where does it get its inspiration for so many excellent releases? Well, from the consoles, of course.

You see, many developers who have released popular titles for the PlayStation, Xbox and PC haven’t quite gotten around to porting these titles over to iOS. Gameloft has recognized that we all want our favorite console games in the palm of our hand, so it has stepped in and (not so) subtly created its own versions of popular console games for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Over the years I’ve read many complaints about Gameloft’s approach, but personally I’m a big fan of it. While it may sometimes step a little too close to an obvious replica release, Gameloft has done a great job of offering us a range of substitutes to some of our most-loved console games.

For example, without Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, those of us with an addiction to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 wouldn’t be able to get our fix of FPS fun while we’re on the move. Without N.O.V.A. we wouldn’t have a handheld Halo alternative, without Order & Chaos Online we wouldn’t have World of Warcraft… and the list goes on.

To highlight Gameloft’s inspiration and its excellent ability to recreate handheld versions of our console greats, here’s a nice gallery of Gameloft iOS releases right next to their PlayStation, Xbox and PC counterparts:

N.O.V.A. 2 vs. Halo

Gangstar: West Coast Hustle vs. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Modern Combat: Black Pegasus vs. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

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  • quietstorms

    This isn’t exactly news. Everyone has known for the past few years that Gameloft rips off console games. They’re even starting to copy other iOS games.

  • Sharmcdonald

    Who cares they are great games

  • KillianBell

    Exactly. As I said above, I’m “personally a big fan” of Gameloft’s approach. If Gameloft didn’t do it, someone else would, and the games probably wouldn’t be half as good.

  • brownlee

    We didn’t say it was news. It’s a gallery, not a breaking news item. We just thought it would be interesting to put all the images side by side.

  • Dorje Sylas

    Quite so, but it should be telling the big name developers that Gameloft is apeing that a market exits and is so ravinous for this stuff that the consumer doesn’t care about brand loyalty. To the point that they are ignoring at the jeopardy of their bottomline. Then again I dont expect Activision or Microsoft games division to grasp this.

  • prof_peabody

    I don’t see much similarity at all here, at least it’s far from obvious based on the screenshots.  

    One thing I can confirm is that Chaos online is an awful, stupid game.  Never having played WoW, I’m not sure if it’s a bad copy of it, or if Wow itself is just as stupid and awful.

  • George

    It is really just a bad copy of WoW. It lacks everything that makes the game great, the atmosphere and the soul, as usual with their games. They take the look, and what you get is an empty, lifeless shell of what the original is.I agree, the screenshots don’t do a good job, but if you’d know these games, you’d see how big of a rip off they are. Its not even “inspired by X”, like say, people say that Saints Row is a GTA rip off. Its a plain and simple complete rip off, down to the colors, the look of things in game, the characters, the look of character art, the HUD etc. It pretty much makes it look as similar as possible on purpose, there is no hiding there. For example Nova even has the same characters, just renamed. The distinct looking blue hologram lady that talks to you on your HUD in Halo, shes there too, just not called Cortana. You fight against the same enemies, just slightly changed. The planets look the same, the main character looks almost the same with just the helmet style changed from the well known Masterchief look.I’m really done with Gameloft games. It always feels like you get a cold, stripped down clone shell of the original with no love or care. 

  • George

    Yeah problem is just that the images don’t do a good job at all. There are way better ways of showing how similar they look, for example with Nova/Halo or Modern Warfare etc. The screenshots don’t even show the similar level or the pose of the character although they are def. to be seen in the games. Would be better if you’d have taken the pictures yourself to show the match. But yeah.

  • Ccclout111

    It’s horrible for them to rip off other’s idea but it’s their faults not to release an iOS version to satifiy the needs of gamers.

  • cheesy11

    love these guys, its wrong to rip off games, but they rip them off ina very tributary manner


    dont forget GT Racing vs Gran Turismo

  • Roland Papp

    FInally, thanks for saying that. I was wondering if I was the only one feeling that way. The debate is always about whether Gameloft is right copying those games, but no one so far pointed out that they only bolt together soulless, empty shells of great games to make a quick buck. I have no idea how on earth could they receive any praise for that. They don’t bring great games to iOS, they bring bad, cheap versions of great games and that alone should bring the gaming community to a state of outrage. Well, the discerning part of it anyway.

  • Roland Papp

    Well there is a demographic you don’t want to appeal to. You don’t want to put the extra effort into a game to make it truly great for those who cannot tell the difference.