This early, the successor to the wildly popular “Flappy Bird” is getting its share of clones, at least on Google’s Play Store.
Google has been cleaning up the Android app store after “hundreds” of clones for “Swing Copters” were posted there, UK’s The Guardian reported.
“We remove applications that violate our policies, such as apps that are illegal or that promote hate speech. We don’t comment on individual applications,” a Google spokesman said in a statement sent to the Guardian.
Some of the clones even beat the official game to Google Play, many of them based on a video preview of “Swing Copters,” the report said.
The new game has similarities to “Flappy Bird” in terms of gameplay – a player navigates an 8-bit character through difficult obstacles, though vertically this time.
Initial searches for “Swing Copters” on Google Play even forced the official game to 63rd place, it added.
Many who downloaded the clones found out the hard way they were not getting the real thing.
Over at Apple’s App Store, The Guardian said “Swing Copters” reached No. 45 in the UK’s top games rankings for iOS in seven hours.