Wordle Rip-Off appeared on the App Store with a subscription model, pulled after reviews

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Wordle – the daily secret word game – has seen great popularity recently, with several people starting to tweet about the game with screenshots, making it even more popular. But since Wordle has so far only been officially playable on the web, a developer has built their clone and brought it to life on the Apple App Store. The replica arrived with in-app purchases and garnered thousands of downloads shortly after release. However, shortly after its debut, the game was pulled from the App Store.

New York developer Zach Shakked created the Wordle scam earlier this week. Called Wordle – The App, it offered similar gameplay where users have to guess five-letter words to solve the puzzle of the day. It also had the same layout and interface. The scam, however, had a few changes from the original version and allowed users to guess up to seven words from letters, the developer tweeted.

While Wordle in its official form is available for free to all users, the copied template was available with an annual subscription of $ 30 (around Rs. 2,200). The game recorded more than 5,400 downloads in just an hour after launch and reached number 28 for word games available on the App Store shortly thereafter, Shakked noted.

The developer pointed out that it has managed to offer the same gameplay mechanics and in-game interface that are available on Wordle since the creator of the original version – Josh Wardle – does not own ownership of its brand.

But nevertheless, shortly after creating the imitation, Shakked in the face of indignation on Twitter for copying the popular game. Apple finally removed the scam from the App Store, the developer informed in a thread on Twitter.

Favoring his decision to copy Wordle, Shakked said he was working on an update with a different interface.

“It was the perfect storm to publicly crucify me for something common,” he tweeted. “In a week, my app would have been totally different and would have had a lot more functionality beyond what [the] the original guy did.

Him, however, recognized imitation and said he would not repeat it in the future.

That said, the appearance of the Copy of Wordle on the App Store suggests that Apple needs a more rigorous review process for apps that only duplicate a game or solution that has grown in popularity in little time. of time.

A report by computer security firm Trend Micro in 2019 found that hundreds of bogus apps existed on the App Store. Developers, including Kosta Eleftheriou, also pointed out last year that Apple’s algorithms for app approval are often cheated by imitators.

Apple did not comment on a request regarding concerns raised over the Wordle scam. Gadgets 360 also reached out to Wardle for his opinion on the copied version. This article will be updated when we get back to you.


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