Top Ten Popular Video Games That Were Total Ripoffs

I was wandering the internet terrain for a bit longer than usual and I found out how many popular games are actually shameless rip offs of games you've probably never heard of.

The Top Ten

1 Flappy Bird

The game sucks any ways

Let's start this list off at the fish bird thing which has to traverse through green pipes. Most people look at it and call it an original idea but really there was a game made back in 2011 called Piou Piou vs Cactus. Take a good long look at both games and tell me that Flappy bird is original. - Cazaam

The tubes are actually from Mario, along with the background, but the concept of the game was still taken from poui poui

2 Ms. Pac Man

Ms. Pac man is a direct rip off of another Pac Man rip off... A group of kids hacked into a Pac Man arcade system and modified the game to their liking with a different map, modified sprites and called it Crazy Otto. This was before Ms. Pac Man was released. Is it a coincidence why Crazy Otto and Ms Pac Man have the same exact map?

aarond90 It's not exactly a rip off for that reason as it was made by the same company as the original Pac Man, it's a rip off for ripping off a hacked version of Pac Man with the same map. - Cazaam

It's the same thing as regular Pac-man.
Just with a different character. - aarond90

Ms pacwoman

3 Candy Crush Saga

This is probably the easiest to know what game this came from. Well, actually there's two valid answers for this:
The answers I'll take will be Candy Swipe and Bejeweled Blitz. Both of these games are about matching items in rows to remove them from the board.
Candy Swipe was copied in many ways by Candy Crush and the power up system of Candy Crush came from Bejeweled where you can match items together in ways to get power ups such as explosive pieces which obliterate everything adjacent to them for example. - Cazaam

No, when I thought the candy crush craze was over... Along came candy crush soda saga, they're making a new one NOO

Too famous ripoff and has too many levels BEJEWED CAME BEFORE

4 Angry Birds

This is inspired by Crush The Castle. - Megone

Shut up with calling Angry Birds a ripoff. People say that WAY too much.

Wow I did not know this

Angry Birds is original right? Well... um no, it isn't. There is a free browser game on the web called Crush The Castle. I've played it myself and it's a fun game to crush a few hours (pun intended) and after that, I view Angry Birds as a complete rip off of this free online game. - Cazaam

5 Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

A ripoff of what? It's a third person shooter. Are other games not allowed to be third person shooters? - peashooter

Did you ever here of Happy Wars? - RalphBob

6 Halo 4

Halo sucks, they keep stealing ideas from Animal Crossing and Skyrim

Play the multiplayer and you'll understand why it's here - htoutlaws2012

The whole series is a ripoff of Doom

Modern Spacefare - xandermartin98

7 Words With Friends

Let's just take Scrabble and move the bonus squares around and change some of the point values of the letters... Real original. - Cazaam

8 Crossy Road

Crossy road is a HUGE ripoff

Frogger is way more fun. - Entranced98

Its amazing how this game got so popular
It's a complete ripoff of an 80's hit arcade game called frogger
just with extended levels

its BASED on frogger, games can have inspirations you know

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9 Guitar Hero

Is a rip off of another game known as GuitarFreaks. released by Konami in 1999. The gameplay was exactly the same as Guitar Hero: Players pressed plastic buttons and strummed a large plastic flipper on a guitar-shaped controller in time with the game's music. Every so often, the player could even raise the fake guitar in the air to gain extra style points. A small meter showed how well a player was keeping up with the song; too many missed notes and it turned from green to red to "Game Over."

Sound familiar in any way? - Cazaam

10 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

The Contenders

11 Pong

Yes, you didn't misread that. Atari's Pong itself is a rip off of Magnavox's Table Tennis. It was this that made Atari such a huge entity in the video game industry in the late '70's and the early '80's. - Cazaam

12 Farmville

Yup, the farming game that has eaten away many people's time and left them addicted to it. There's no way this can be a rip off is there? Well, it's on this list so the answer is obviously yes. THe game in question which Farmville is a total clone of is Farm Town. a much friendlier game without extremely bad wait times, slow levelling up and not just Facebook networking, in Farm Town you can play with more people than just your Facebook friends. - Cazaam

13 2048

A new sensation in mobile gaming happens to be a total clone of another game known as "Threes"

This is what "Threes" developer has said about this: "First, it started on iOS with a game called 1024 released 21 days after Threes (February 27th). It’s different, but not. The sliding is there, the doubling of cards, the merging, even the art is extremely similar. There are differences. New cards spawn all over the place. Swiping up, down, left or right moves the cards the full distance possible. There are “stones” in the grid that never move. This last feature was likely a choice the developer made based on the fact that the game was too easy. It's not very fun.

Next, came 2048 about ten days later. A game system identical to 1024 with one tweak, it removed the stones. Since, the game has grown in popularity after a posting on Hacker News on March 10th. It’s freely available and open source, allows swipes so it can be played on the phone and ...more - Cazaam

14 Overwatch

tf2 copy

15 The Simpsons: Tapped Out
16 Undertale

...a ripoff of what? earthbound?
eh, probably, I mean toby fox was a big fan of earthbound anyways

Kinda a rip-off of earthbound but... but...
guess who made the Halloween hack for earthbound
TOBY FOX, the creator of both hack & game, so don't say that "Megalovania" is ripped off, it's from the same artist
it also takes more ideas from the rest of the game

17 Simpsons Road Rage

A blatant rip off of Crazy Taxi... There's no way you can deny. - Cazaam

The Simpsons is a sitcom.
Ever thought it could be a parody.
A parody of Crazy Taxi
The Simpsons Hit and Run I suppose could be a parody of Grand Theft Auto.

18 Five Nights at Freddy's

It true fnaf is a rip off of another game

I don't care about this game but the reason it got so popular is because it was unique, could you please tell me what this is a ripoff of?

Please tell me why the heck is this on this list. Suee it is popular
but this is not a ripoff of any games.

19 Terraria

This game isn't a rip off. I played it for 1,114 hours with my friends and we just beat the twins. This game is meant for multiplayer. You are supposed to be able to have fun with your best of friends. It is worth the $20 that you pay for it. In my opinion, it is better than Minecraft, because I played that and beat it in 45 hours. I think that terraria is just fun in general, and it doesn't matter what you do.

It's totally isn't ripoff. Say of what game it's ripoff?! Its came earlier, than minecraft & has diffent gameplay. I don't know why this on the list. Also its funnier than minecraft, even funnier. Terraria developers don't care about reality of the game as minecraft, it makes it funnier!

Actually Minecraft came first (Terraria was 2011, Minecraft was 2009). But yeah, I like Terraria more still. - KalloFox34

20 Minecraft

Minecraft is a complete ripoff of ROBLOX.

Clone of infiniminer but how did it got famous

Total clone of infiniminer

Rip off of infiminer

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21 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

This game took mechanics from a better first person shooter called Titanfall. - Cazaam

22 Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing

Really? Many Game's Have a Racing Version, Even if Nintendo HAPPENED to make one.

Mi sonic can make its game Mario makes their games

23 Geometry Dash

This is kinda a rip off of the impossible game but it’s better so does it count?

24 Roblox

What is this a ripoff of? - KalloFox34

25 Fortnite

How is this not higher... - Bammer73

26 Call of Duty

Shouldve been more specific, like GHOSTS

27 Crysis
28 Cave Story
29 Super Smash Bros

Apparently it's a ripoff of SoulCalibur.


30 ARK: Survival Evolved

It's a ripoff, why? It's only for people on drugs, I mean, you get to tame animals, it's a ripoff of minecraft

31 Mario Party Advance
32 Mario Party: Island Tour
33 Mario Party DS
34 Lollipop Chainsaw
35 Call of Duty: Ghosts

Ripped off of mw2

36 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Ripped off star wars

37 Armored Warfare

Ripoff of most popular tank game called world of tanks. Only much worse and modern tanks


38 Block Story

Ripoff of Minecraft. I like it though

39 Mortal Kombat
40 Mother 3
41 Rock Band
42 Earthbound
43 Super Mario Bros. 2
44 Gangstar Vegas
45 Paladins

Growing immensely in popularity: though an exact copy of Overwatch/ 'TF2'

46 Minecraft: Story Mode
47 Pocket All Star Smash Bros

I can't even Describe How many thing's this Ripoff. It literally put EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. ever Made By Nintendo and stuffed it in this game. And Made it a Turn style Rpg. While were On that, The Fighting system is like Fire Emblem. Turned Based and Strategy. Not even funny.

48 Digimon World

This garbage is a clone of Pokemon. - KalloFox34

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Top Remixes

1. Halo 4
2. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
3. Angry Birds
1. Flappy Bird
2. Ms. Pac Man
3. Angry Birds
1. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
2. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
3. Candy Crush Saga


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