Watch out: Topia World is a rotten scam, riding on Topia World Builder’s success

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Watch out: Topia World is a rotten scam, riding on Topia World Builder’s success
| Topia World Builder

Whenever a game celebrates even a sliver of success on the App Store, you just know that a few fraudulent developers are waiting in the wings to rip-it off and rake in some easy profits.

It just happened to Topia World Builder, with a scam iPhone app called Topia World.

Josh Presseisen, founder of publisher Crescent Moon Games, describes the phenomenon as getting "Temple Run'd", as so many Temple Run clones "have passed through the approval doors at Apple" (before getting pulled days later).

"In some ways its flattering that another developer would want to copy Topia," says Presseisen, but he's "curious if the clones actually help the original app or hurt it."

Topia clone
The screenshots are actually from PC games, like Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs

So, rest assured, this £1.49 / $1.99 app has nothing to do with Topia World Builder. "This game is nothing like it is advertised," one commenter vents. "It's not even good," says another.

If you want the real Topia game, you can download it here. We said that "if you like your world building open-ended and enjoy experimentation more than actual gameplay, you're in for a right old treat," in our review.

And ignore this clone. It "reminds me a bit of when you'd see movies only out in the theatres available at side street stands as DVD copies," says Presseisen.

Mark Brown
Mark Brown
Mark Brown spent several years slaving away at the Steel Media furnace, finally serving as editor at large of Pocket Gamer before moving on to doing some sort of youtube thing.