It seems like iPhone developer Riida is drawing a little more water from Pokémon‘s well, as the mobile company has just announced their intention to release Little Masters for iOS—a “freemium” game that looks exactly like Nintendo’s popular monster catching franchise. Does anyone smell a potential lawsuit?
Riida is best known for the slightly more original (and surprisingly popular) iPhone game Pocket Summoner, which also seemed like a pretty obvious “take” on the Pokémon formula. It’s been pretty successful after launching two years ago, as it offers one thing that the Pokémon franchise hasn’t given fans—a monster battling app for their smartphones.
Now, Riida has announced Little Masters on the Touch Arcade forums, and as you can see by the images at the bottom of this post, the graphical style renders it almost indistinguishable from Nintendo’s game. From the developer, this app’s features include:
- Complete retro style pixel art graphics
- Real time battle with your friends or ppl on the Internet through wifi or mobile network
- A large number of monsters to capture and train
- Form your battle team with different monsters with different skills and abilities
- Train your monsters and let them evolve into powerful forms
Since it’s a free app, some content in the game is funded with paid currency, although you can get it the hard way by battling other people in the game.
Little Masters is currently going through an App Store review, and if Pocket Summoners made it through without a “cease and desist” letter from Nintendo or Game Freak, you can be sure this instance won’t be any different.
Source: Touch Arcade