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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Mediatonic's hit battle royale Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout should take a bow then, because it's got at least one seriously devoted admirer out there. The chaotic online multiplayer title only released earlier this week, but there's already a fairly shameless mobile ripoff attempting to cash in on the game's surge in popularity.
I mean, just take a look at Fall Gang: KnockOut for yourself below and tell me it isn't, urm, inspired by Mediatonic's game. It looks like it's been cobbled together in a bit of a rush, but it is clearly and unmistakably borrowing from Fall Guys' soft play area aesthetic, right?
"Get the victory in the crazy chaos and get to the top," the game's description reads. "Fight through bizarre obstacles and opponents who are an obstacle for you. You have to fight the laws of physics and conquer the summit. Choose skin for yourself and be the first!"
To be fair to developer Kelemen Tamas, there are two major differences to Fall Gang. The first is that it's free-to-play on Apple devices. The second, at least according to the few reviews it has, is that it's utter cack.
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"One of the worst games to ever be developed," a glowering one-star review reads. "First of a they only give you enough coins for one game, after that you have to watch ads to even play another. Second is that if you get knocked down or even touched there's no way of getting back up so you automatically lose because apparently it was to hard to add a jump button. One of the worst knockoffs ever."
In the interests of balance, there are a few positive reviews. One particularly bold critic who I'm sure has no relationship to the person who made the game has claimed that Fall Gang is "Fall Guys 2.0 ", and that "all negative reviews are just bad at game". Meanwhile, another user by the name of EHNEN ZHELG observes in a five-star review that "PAPALOCKIT GAME IS GOOD BUY OR U FAT". Powerful stuff.
The official Fall Guys Twitter account has even taken a swipe at this unholy mimic, sharing some troubling images of the game in action with the caption; "look how they massacred my boy".
Look how they massacred my boy :weary: pic.twitter.com/TveIm90rUu
- Fall Guys :crown: (@FallGuysGame) August 4, 2020
Still, in the same way that we all know artists haven't really made it until Weird Al has parodied one of their hits, a video game just isn't worth a damn until a hastily made clone has appeared on the app store. Congratulations, Mediatonic. You've hit the big time.
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