Did you enjoy Nintendo’s 3DS block pushing puzzler, Pushmo? Well if you have an Android phone you may want to launch the Google Play app store and download what many are calling a copy of Nintendo’s terrific eShop game.
Let me say that I don’t think Pushmo wasn’t influenced by other games. Not at all. We could analyze it and find where a lot of its influences came from.
But Intelligent Systems and Nintendo made a game with their own unique twist that was original and charming. It was praised as one of the best games even though it came out just before 2011 concluded.
This new Android game, BlockShift looks to have a striking similarity to one of the 3DS’s best downloadable games.
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery but this may be taking it a bit too far. This game is free on the Google Play store and I’m sure it is fantastic. As of this writing it had an average user rating of 4.3 out of 5. It does look like a fantastic copy of an even more fantastic game with much more personality.
Infact I can say to you that if this game is as good as some are saying and if it does imitate Pushmo well then this should be on your Android phone. Like yesterday. I’m sure this developer has made a stellar game even if it does closely resemble another popular Nintendo IP.
Update: It is getting harder to defend BlockShift. It has been brought to my attention through this video that you can literally scan in Pushmo QR codes and play them in BlockShift. I really want to hear what Nintendo thinks of this.
And after a full day of receiving attention for making a copy of a Nintendo game the developer behind BlockShift finally commented on this situation. You can see in the image below that they are acknowledging that their game is influenced by Pushmo and Catherine. This doesn’t seem like enough though because it isn’t just “influenced”. It appears to be a complete carbon copy.
I’ll be contacting the developer of the game to see what they think of the comparisons between their game and Nintendo’s Pushmo.
For now you can compare these images from Pushmo to screens from BlockShift and decide for yourself if the two games are as similar as some are saying.