Nimblebit lashes out at Zynga over Tiny Tower clone

Wednesday, 25th January 2012 05:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Tiny Tower developer Nimblebit doesn’t seem at all happy about Zynga’s latest mobile effort, Dream Heights.

Designer Ian Marsh, one of Nimblebit’s three staff members, posted a letter to Zynga on Twitter, embedded below.

“Dear Zynga, (all 2,789 of you!)” it begins. “We noticed you are about to launch a new iPhone game called Dream Heights! Congratulations!

“We wanted to thank all you guys for being such big fans of our iPhone game of the year Tiny Tower! Good luck with your game! We are looking forward to inspiring you with our future games!

“Sincerely, (all 3 of us) – Nimblebit.”

The text is superimposed around side-by-side comparison screenshots of Tiny Tower and Dream heights, showing marked similarities – and not just in terms of basic premise; even some of the GUI elements are noticeably homogenous.

Zynga has come under fire in the past for pushing the boundaries of derivative, and has also itself taken competitors to court over games which share too many common elements.

Tiny Tower won Apple US’s iPhone game of the year, and clocks up over 10 million play sessions per day.

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Thanks, Jake.



  1. silkvg247

    I don’t usually encourage lawsuits but I’d really like the little guys to pull a David and Golliath here, this is shameful. Especially when Zynga is guilty of taking their competitors to court.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Really, Zynga have gone way further than pushing the boundaries of derivative.

    They’re one of very few companies that can really be said to have built their business on spoiling things for others.

    They’re scum, and they should be taken down.

    I’m not a big fan of micro-transaction games, but Tiny Tower obviously looks ten times better with the pixel graphics.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    DSB, it is.

    Also, Tiny Tower is designed in such a way that micro-transactions aren’t even nessecary – the game is very, very generous in providing you with its “Tower Bud” during normal gameplay. Its really fun and addictive. Check it out if you have a compatible device.

    Whereas you can clearly tell from the Dream Heights shots that micro-transactions are clearly a neccesity to progress. Zynga can go fuck themselves.

    #3 3 years ago

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