Friday, January 13, 2017

Yo-kai Watch Blantantly Plagiarized By Taiwanese Developer

Ever since Yo-kai Watch dawned on the world, it's been dogged of accusations of being a ripoff of Pokemon (Although back in the latter series' heyday, there was a Yo-kai-based game that ripped it off far worse.); a reputation it still hasn't shaken off in the West, where it hasn't supplanted Pokemon in pop-culture the way it had in Japan.  This makes it rather ironic that now Yo-kai Watch, itself, has been ripped off by Taiwanese developer Werold, in a little Android app called Mokai Adventure--which some would argue means it's also ripping off Pokemon by extension.
Like, I totally believe you pulled that number out of thin air!

So how much more is this ripping off Yo-kai Watch?  We'll start that examination by reading its "Story Plot":
Granted; phones are more relevant than watches these days.

The redundancy doesn't end at that header; look at that cumbersome mess of a a third paragraph!  Still, I'd say Taiwanese plagiarists have somewhat better grasp of English grammar than mainland China's plagiarists.  Moving along, here's your handy assistant, Mokaipedia, which assuming it's sentient, presumably checks itself when it forgets the name of a Mokai:
It seems to me that taping a paper encyclopedia to a tablet screen defeats the purpose of carrying a tablet.
So what exactly are Mokai; assuming they're anything but a legally distinct ripoff of "Yokai"?  When doing research for this article, I learned that the game's mascot mon is named "Gremlin", which makes me wonder if it's some variant of "Mogwai".
Although I personally would have guessed "Pikachu-Daruma-Mike Wazowski Fusion".
A quick consultation of the iTranslate app confirms "Mogwai" is Mandarin for "monster" (so is "Yao Guai", the Mandarin reading of "Yo-kai"), so it's hardly unfeasible that "Mokai" is an actual variant of this word, but as my knowlege of Chinese languages is basically limited to knowing that yes; there are more than one, I'll need someone else to answer that one.  Meanwhile, though, don't expect these Mokai corresponding to actual monster legends to be a trend, and even when they are, some are handled rather oddly.

So, a Yeti, basically?  Because it would be simpler to call it Yeti.  Note also, I have no idea why it has horns, nor why a creature supposedly living in cold climates has hairless hands and feet.
The Banshee is a rare Mokai whose design I think is great, who has a sensible and recognizable name, and who actually looks like what she's supposed to be.
 Now let's resume examining how obvious a ripoff this is of Yo-kai Watch.  Just as in that game, you can modify your creatures' attitudes with books.
Although to its credit, I don't remember whatever the Hell "Pudding Gems" are being in Yo-kai Watch.
It plays an important role in battles arranged like this:

Three active, three benched.
Here's a rather familiar-looking school hall:
Here's a rotund cat with a bell:
Using Payday?

Not convinced yet?  Just watch footage of it in action! 

Or alternately, you can download the app for free, if you own an Android.  It also offers in-app purchases, or it will until the lawsuits start!

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