Rip Off FAQ

Why Rockbot is not available in Google’s Play Store anymore?

Basicaly, Google have a system of reporting in the store. Any user can report an app as being an unfair copy of another game. When a given number of users do this report, an employee from Google will look at the app and decide if it is indeed a violation or not. The app then can be temporarly removed or banned.

Sadly, users that did not read this FQA, and a lazy review process, that limited to a sounding “no” from a Google’s empolyee, made impossible to return with the original game. Because of that, I’ve created a new version called RockDroid, that removed a lot of elements that were a tribute to that game we do not name.

With the time, I’ve decided to take a shot and bring back a few elements into the game and rename it back to RockBot. I hope users now read the game’s description and this FAQ, realizing we did not copy that game, before flagging RockBot in the Play Store.

So, RockBot as was before is done?

Yes. Any new version of RockBot will be updated, removing several elements like dialogs and cutscenes that make people recall that other game. Older versions will be available in our site for download.

What stuff was removed or changed in RockDroid version?

  • No intro or any story cutscene.
  • No in-game dialogs.
  • You can only play as BetaBot, as it is less likely to Megaman than Rock.
  • No stage selection, you must play all stages one after the other.
  • No in-game manual.
  • Not possible to use weapons from enemies.
  • Coil and Jet itens available from start by using R button.
  • It is possible to get the armor pieces without using bombs, as there are no weapons for that.
  • You can use energy tanks by using R button followed from attack.
  • The in-game weapons menu was removed and will be replaced in the future by one without weapon selection.
  • All bosses are much easier so you can beat all with just the regular weapon.

This a Megaman’s Rip Off:

Well, it depends which definition of rip off you meant.

In the sense that it is an inferior imitation, yeah, then it is correct. It is a tribute to Megaman games, and it is a clear inspiration for Rockbot. Also, we don’t have the resources, this is just a homebrew game after all, that Capcom has, nor the millions to develop a single game, so expect quality to be inferior, even if it adds features that original games don’t have.

Now, if you meant the game is a fraud, I’ll have to disagree. This game does not use any Megaman in name or tries to impersonate the game from Capcom. Can you say Shovel Knight is a fraud because  it uses pogo jump from NES’ Duck Tales games?

The characters and story are like megaman:

The character style and story are actually a tribute to Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, that happens to be the inspiration for Megaman. If you are not familiar with this anime/manga, take a look here and you will recognize in a lot of concepts from it in Megaman games: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astro_Boy

Graphics are cleary a copy. Rockbot is just a Megaman in purple:

Looks like you need to look closer. Megaman is the inspiration for the style, but graphics are not copies, but rather made from the ground up. Just check:

Not so similar when you put them side by side

Bats can be seen as similar, but look closer.

Even some very likely tiles can show differences on closer inspection.

You say this, but in the past, used copyrighted material:

Yes, we did, mostly because Capcom has a history of not being aggressive against use of their source material in fan games. But we moved away from it, sadly too slowly at the time that the game even was removed from Google’s Play Store. So, we made an effort to clean up things and the game was restored. This is how copyright works, if any complaint is given, you have the chance to remove it and replace with a new one.

I found an art pieces (sound, music or grpahic) that is copyrighted:

Let us know, please write to bugs@upperland.net and we will remove and replace it ASAP.

Capcom will sue you:

Most unlikely, because Capcom frequently promotes Megaman fan games in their Unity community forum, and even supported and distributed a fan game themselves. In case you don’t know, look for Street Fighter vs. Megaman; this was not made by Capcom. In case Capcom notices Rockbot someday, the way it works is that they don’t sue immediately, they have to send a notice to us, and give a chance to remove any material they think infringes copyright, we remove the game from site/stores, then we can give feedback to them with the changes. Only if we do not complain and keep the game online with the copyrighted assets, they can sue us then. As we plan to complain with their requests, if any, things won’t reach so far.