Seeing clones of other games appearing on mobile game marketplaces isn’t unusual but one developer has gone one step further to scam gamers on iOS by creating Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 is currently listed on the Apple App Store for $6.99 / £4.99 and claims to be developed by Scott Cawthorn at Mojang AB. Of course, Scott Cawthorn does not work at or for Mojang and is instead known for the jump scare title, Five Nights and Freddy’s.
The screenshots used in the product page show expansive Minecraft worlds and has a description pulled straight from the official Minecraft: Pocket Edition page including YouTube link. Appended to the description is the over promising lead in of
FINALLY, MINECRAFT II HAS COME TO THE APP STORE THIS CHRISTMAS, EXCLUSIVELY!
When you load up the game, you are not greeted with the block based creative world, instead you get a top-down swiping game where waives of zombies attack Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.
During loading, the “copyright” of the Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 is assigned to someone named Viktor Todorov. A YouTube user channel based in programming for iOS applications exists under the same name but as with everything else in the three games, it could just as easily be a scam.
The developer also lists other titles on the App Store under the Scott Cawthorn name including Five Nights at Freddy’s – All in One Edition (by Scott Cawthorn at Scott Cawthon) for $6.99 / £4.99 and Mortal Kombat – New Season (by Scott Cawthorn at Bethesda Softworks) for $3.99 / £2.99. Neither game is what it promises to be.
The three titles also have high scoring 5 star reviews from what appear to be spoof accounts with the same names of people giving it the highest marks while other real player accounts rightly rate the games 1 star.
Mojang, the actual owners of Minecraft have confirmed that they are in the process of having the offending application removed from the App Store to prevent Minecraft fans from being duped by such a low ball practise of miss direction.