‘Anipang 2,’ SundayToz’s follow-up release to its big hit ‘Anipang’ from 2013 has been accused of plagiarizing one of their hottest competitor games, Candy Crush Saga.
Until now, ‘Anipang 2’ has only made basic announcements about its developing, and not the details about the game. The title was released on Google Play Store on January 13th and showcases a different game stage structure from its predecessor, Anipang.
The issue is that the new game structure shares very close similarities to King’s ‘Candy Crush Saga,’ in the way the game moves from one stage to the next, It is also claimed that the scoring method is very similar.
|▲ Anipang 2 (left) and Candy Crush Saga (right)|
‘Candy Crush Saga’ is already global hit, recording top sales in both the App Store and on Google Play.
One user commented that it could be difficult for gaming houses to completely avoid 'copying' due to the speed at which games are developed and the general trends that games follow. It is expected that once the game is released on the Kakao games platform it will stimulate a move from King, though it is unclear what that might be.
|▲ Stage resemblance between Candy Crush Saga (right) and Anipang 2 (left)|
A game industry expert said that, “Many Korean mobile game users have been waiting a long time for Anipang 2, however, when they found out that it was too similar to Candy Crush, many were disappointed. We’ll observe how SundayToz will deal with the situation.
SundayToz are saying that because there are no patent on the structure or formation of the game, it is not plagiarism. They emphasized it had their own unique characters and storyline.
Original post on ZDNet Korea