It seems no one is happy with the Android Marketplace, especially people wanting to play the hot iPhone game, Cut The Rope!
Take a look at the above screen shot. Companies like Appvision, AndroidPublisher, TUQSoft, Invision Labs, OMFG Apps and HTT are all selling what looks like the real Cut the Rope game for Android. These are scams which take advantage of people wanting to play the real game. Over the past few weeks, many Android customers have been falsely lead into purchasing these fakes:
|Appvision||5,000 est. downloads|
|AndroidPublisher||500 est. downlaods|
|TUQSoft||50,000 est. downloads|
|Invision Labs||5,000 est. downloads|
|HTT||1,000 est. downloads|
|OMFG Apps||10,000 est. downloads|
TUQSoft was the most blatant. If you read in the App’s description, it proudly states, “CUT THE ROPE NOW ON ANDROID”. The company only recently added the fact that this is NOT the game but a Live Wallpaper. Of course,that was after its App hit the 50,000 download range. Appvision on the other hand is a blatant fake! Worse yet, because of the new tighter return window implemented by Google, many purchasers can not even get their money back!
I contacted Semyon Voinov at ZeptoLab, the REAL developer of Cut The Rope. He said
We are now working on the Android version of “Cut the Rope”, but it will still take some time before it will be released.
We knew that there are several fake “Cut the Rope” apps on the Android market, but I wasn’t expecting to see so many of them. We will do our best to eliminate them from the market asap.
This official video from Chillingo (the only distributor of the game) shows how cute this game is.
I am very surprised that the major Android sites like Android Central, Android and Me and Droid Life have not warned their readers about these companies. But, I am even more surprised that Google is allowing these blatant scams to exist in the Android Marketplace.