Mobile Game is Copying Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Gameplay

Mobile Game is Copying Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Gameplay

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom isn’t even out yet, and it’s already inspiring another game developer in an unlikely place.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is still a week away from release, yet it’s already got a copycat in the form of a mobile game of all things. It’s not uncommon for games to inspire other developers, but it is uncommon for those inspired games to release well before their source of inspiration.

Breath of the Wild is undoubtedly one of the most impactful games in recent years, with many developers citing it as a major inspiration for their own games. With its long overdue sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, set to keep the open-world trend going in just one more week, it’s only natural that more inspired games will come. But there’s a difference between taking inspiration and outright copying.


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In a clip circulating on r/tearsofthekingdom, a new mobile game titled Kung Fu Saga is shown off, complete with cheesy narration. In it, a green-clothed figure is seen riding a falling rock backwards into the sky, before gliding onto a series of floating islands with a medieval aesthetic, almost perfectly mimicking a scene from Eiji Aonuma’s recent gameplay demonstration. Upon landing, he uses his weapon synthesis ability to fuse a stick to a rock to form a hammer, which he then combines with a campfire to make a smoldering weapon of destruction against some enemies, at least somewhat deviating from Tears of the Kingdom‘s fuse ability.

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Many in the comments jokingly commented on how it might have a shot against the actual game upon release and even stating how they might not need the game now since it’s already available on their phone. Others noted the stable frame rate within the trailer, which comes in contrast to what some are saying about Tears of the Kingdom thus far. Another group of users noted the game’s earlier title, Avatar Saga, and its array of stolen assets from elsewhere in the mobile world. Some, however, chose not to play along, noting that mobile developers are often known to mislead consumers with trailers that are more in-depth and cinematic than the gameplay itself.

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False advertising is something is not unheard of in the gaming industry and is certainly not a new criticism of the mobile game market, where it is a much more common practice and sadly continues to this day with no signs of stopping. Right up there with microtransactions, it’s probably the number one reason why such a market hasn’t found as solid of a platform as console and PC gaming. But with mobile games still generating a lot of revenue regardless of these problems, it’s anyone’s guess as to when such change will come.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom soars onto the Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.

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