One of the most successful mobile games of 2011 is NimbleBit’s Tiny Tower. It’s so successful, that the game is getting completely ripped off lock, stock and barrel. This is generally expected in the iOS marketplace, but this story is a little different. Normally the ripoff artists are some shaky, fly-by-night Chinese outfit, but this time it’s large publicly traded company Zynga.
Zynga’s upcoming game Dream Heights is a complete and wholesale theft of Tiny Tower, taking not just the main idea, but the core mechanics and even a lot of the UI as well. Indeed, Dream Heights looks more like a reskin than a new game.