Apple’s iPhone App Store – you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Some ‘innovative businessmen’ decided to make a Diablo- or Torchlight-styles action RPG for the iPhone but decided, apparently, that audio and visual assets were too much trouble and, as such, have just lifted them directly from Torchlight.
Armed Heroes Online steals so thoroughly from Torchlight that the voice of one of Runic’s technical artists, who supplied the sound effects for a joke weapon, actually appears in Armed Heroes. Runic’s president, Travis Baldree called the guys out on Twitter but is yet to hear a response. While he says other games have stolen bits and pieces before, this time is different, “It’s not like they took one thing because they were running short on time. They took everything.” Baldree has also provided a handy little gallery providing side-by-side comparisons. It is, all in all, pretty disgusting.