Perhaps the closest game complete with mechanics, features, and graphics of titles like Super Mario Brothers, was Flappy Bird. True enough, there were others, but Flappy Bird was one of the very few that came close to replicating the game style of Mario. These games have just the right amount of differentiation to narrowly pass through to the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store to be allowed. All that changed when a new game called Kill the Plumber appeared.
Initially set for an Android release on July 23rd, the app has thus far been rejected by Apple on the charge of it being too obvious of a Mario parody. The concept behind the game is simple. You are a character that resembles a goomba (the mushroom creature in Mario). You are then attacked by a plumber who begins to jump around you in an attempt to squash you. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take him out before he does this. As you progress in the game, you will encounter a whole variety of characters seemingly resembling those found in Mario.
In all honesty though, this game is not exactly meant to be taken seriously. After 30 years, it would seem logical that there would be some soul out to make a quick buck and also finally put an end to the plumber once and for all.
This also isn’t the first time this has happened. For example, there was the one where you could kill the Duck Hunt dog (quite a pesky fellow he was too). We can’t help wondering with Nintendo’s plans to take mobile gaming more seriously, if they will actually remove Kill the Plumber from the Google Play Store as well.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see eh?