Braid rip-offs appear in Microsoft Windows Store

Jonathan Blow calls out three free games that appear to use art and assets from his critically acclaimed 2008 title.

Braid creator Jonathan Blow has called out a trio of Braid clones featured in the Microsoft Windows Store. Writing on Twitter last night, Blow linked to three games that appear to use art and assets from his popular 2008 downloadable game.

The games are called "Breid," "Braidy Jump," and "Brady's Adventure." All are free to download for play on Windows 8. Notably, the creator of "Breid," a Doodle Jump-style vertical jumping game, writes on his personal blog that he was an intern at Microsoft last summer.

Game clones are nothing new. But the fact three games that ostensibly use assets Blow created for Braid suggests that Microsoft is relatively easy-going when it comes to approval processes for its Windows 8 app store.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update this story with anything we hear back. For more, check out GameSpot's review of Braid.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Mike Dio
Mike Dio

well they actually stole art and content from his game not just merely concepts. He's still whiny though

Mike Dio
Mike Dio

Braid was overrated anyway

Aussiefury
Aussiefury

By that logic, you could argue Gran Turismo is a Mario Kart clone.

Sam Olney
Sam Olney

Zachery, you really misinterpreted my reply. I never said I liked it. But this comes back to the argument where the original Intellectual Property is usually better than the attempts to recreate it.

Ashleigh Fuller
Ashleigh Fuller

So the guy who ripped off Mario is pissed that people are ripping him off?

Zachery Palmer
Zachery Palmer

Have fun using a worthless server like Battlelog that doesn't even work most the time, Sam.

Salvador Cazarez
Salvador Cazarez

Lol that guy is crazy, I understand how one can be possessive of their creation and this is a time he has that right. However, he needs to chill out on other situations, he constantly debates reviews when they are negative about his game.

Tanner Yost
Tanner Yost

I'd go almost as far as to say these are parodies, lol.

Sam Olney
Sam Olney

Zachery "There is NO other group out there like this." yeah, there's this new thing called Battlelog

Sam Olney
Sam Olney

It's a sad time when indie games are being ripped off by unoriginal developers

Auth
Auth

don't download our OS

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Wait till Spark is released, your gonna see loads more : )

flyersfan87
flyersfan87

You would think the names alone would be a red flag. Breid, lol. Can't make this stuff up.

ziproy
ziproy

It's free. What's the problem if they aren't seeking financial gain??

atopp399
atopp399

MS needs all the apps it can get.  I am sure they will accept almost anything and just wait for the complaints.

pyro1245
pyro1245

I knew the future was bleak when people started referring to computer programs as apps.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Man microsoft must be desperate to get some apps onto the windows store. That place is barren as shit.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

i wouldn't see the problem if they had their own graphics sound and code, but if they're ripping off the art work Microsoft has allot of explaining to do and should really manage the apps allot better - i guess they just want to get as many **** apps out there to compete with apple and valve.

immanuel_aj
immanuel_aj

Isn't it fair use to make these games as long as they're not making money off them? Like no income from advertising or anything from the store. As long as they claim not to be ones that hold the copyright to the works. Kind of like this:

http://www.explodingrabbit.com/games/super-mario-bros-crossover

Except that's probably way better than any of those games.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator moderator

This is why I don't take gaming on mobile seriously, most games are just cheap clones of good games.

Tommy7600
Tommy7600

Am I missing something? These games are free, so what is the exact problem here. Look at it as an alternative to modding, which clearly isn't possible on consoles. The only problem I see here is that people who made these games should give the credit to Braid creator for using his assets.

redikan
redikan

We at Microsoft like to call this Our ' For game makers  by Game makers' campaign. To play simply log into the store and find all your clones. Well at least these games are better than the PS4 flops available.

tinyname
tinyname

If you gave Microsoft enough money, they probably put your own title "call of dooty: gust" on their store.  Also, this gives me a brilliant new idea for my own original game called "Pez".

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

That sucks to work really hard on something only to have someone else rip it off and profit from it.

normanislost
normanislost

No...no.... That's not logic that's just stupidity

obenns
obenns

A bit different. Don't think you can quite state that all platform games are a rip off of Mario. Do your homework.

normanislost
normanislost

@ziproy because its ripping someone else off? and they are getting money via ads

hystavito
hystavito

@pyro1245 I always liked the word "program", maybe from being a "programmer", but unfortunately more and more I find myself using "app" because other people understand it better.  I wonder how many people even know the word "application" to mean app/software :).

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@immanuel_ajYou can't steal assets.


Also Nintendo could shut that game down if they wanted to.

normanislost
normanislost

It is fair with the original creators consent which he has obviously not given for example there's a fan made league of legends beat em up which riot could shut down since its uses the league name and characters

But riot are fine with it as long as the developers aren't making money from the project in this case the beat em up isn't in competition with the Moba

With the braid clones they are in competition and the developer isn't a multi million dollar company that can afford this kind of competition

hystavito
hystavito

@Nintendo_Man These aren't necessarily for mobile.  I don't know the control schemes, but they might be actually intended for PC.  Guess I'd have to check them out to see.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Tigerbite2 There's a difference between "authorizing" a game (android/iphone) and actually backing something. Braid was part of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade and is only on Microsoft platforms (through an exclusivity deal) if I'm not mistaken. It's rather idiotic for Microsoft to slip up on clones of a product that they actually put money into with promotions, marketing, etc. To do it 3 times is even worse.

redikan
redikan

@Tommy7600 As a science experiment why don't you put up Halo 4 clone as free to play on your new app store. Go ahead I'll wait here.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@Tommy7600No credit given and they still profit from ads.  That's the problem.  Not to mention it's ILLEGAL to use other's works without permission (even though it always happens.)

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@redikan Also certainly better than the X1 offerings as well. Neither console has a particularly impressive offering at the moment.

hystavito
hystavito

@tomservo51 @pyro1245 What's interesting is how much you see Steam Box being used, even from press, headlines, etc., when they are actually called Steam Machines. :)

Tommy7600
Tommy7600

@redikan I see your point, I didn't think of that. I guess requiring people to buy original before getting the clone would be the proper way, sadly that's not going to happen...

Tommy7600
Tommy7600

@ExtremePhobia While I'll agree with you that these people might be breaching the Copyright, I'd disagree about the whole notion of free mods being damaging to the sale of DLC. That's EA/Activision mentality, and I would argue that it's quite the opposite, as Skyrim and many other extensively modded games have proven.

redikan
redikan

@ExtremePhobia@Tommy7600@redikan Microsoft would protect it's own property tooth and nail. As such they should provide their dev's populating their store with that same attitude. Kinda lame from the M company.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Tommy7600 @redikan Unfortunately, that still doesn't fly. Even if it is just a mod, it still heavily uses code or assets from the game (both of which are also protected by Copyright).


The problem with assuming you have the right to mod something and release it to the public if you've paid for the original is still that it damages the revenue of potential releases based on the same IP. Why buy DLC if you can just download free mods that use the same base code and art assets? In fact, what's to prevent a person from completely replicating the DLC outright in that case and then offering it for free? By what you are proposing, that would be perfectly legitimate.