09
Feb
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Quick, what's the most hated company in mobile gaming today? If you answered EA, Zynga, or Gamevil, well, you might be right. But the answer I was looking for was "King," creator of Candy Crush Saga and two of the most ridiculous copyright stories in recent memory. After the company trademarked the word "Candy" in all applications for video games and apparel, a few cheeky developers decided to risk the wrath of King's lawyers and release candy-themed apps on iOS and Android. Intern Saga: Trademark Lawyer takes a (slightly) more subtle approach to its parody.

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Intern Saga comes from The Men Who Wear Many Hats, creators of the equally quirky Organ Trail. You play as an intern working for a skeevy lawyer. Your firm represents a somewhat familiar gaming company that's fond of overly broad trademark filings. As the intern, it's your job to find random apps on your Totally Not An iPhone that might infringe your client's copyright, then send a tasteful cease and desist letter. Get it right and you'll earn a few bucks for each app successfully taken down, and you'll get closer and closer to paying off your crippling student debt. Get it wrong too many times and you're fired.

You couldn't call Intern Saga discreet - the title alone is risking the wrath of King's real lawyers, who came down hard on indie PC strategy game "The Banner Saga" (which has an actual saga in it, as opposed to a Bejeweled rip-off) when the developers filed for their own trademark. The humor in the game is as basic as the graphics, but it's an interesting bit of social commentary nonetheless. If you'd like to check it out, Intern Saga is free (like Candy Crush Saga!) with no in-app purchases (not like Candy Crush Saga).

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Trent Callahan

    Some people just want to see the world burn.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    XD I love those guys...The Organ Trail is a really good game, now I feel like trying this one just by looking at who made it!

    • Martha John

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    • Gabernasher

      This game is excellent. A good memory game.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    Also, GluMobile, Gluuumobile, would have been accepted. Ken you have control of the board.

  • cy_n_ic

    Troll level...like a sir!

  • Jadephyre

    Trolling in style :D

  • Cheeseball

    That's how you troll hard.

    What's even better is that the gameplay in Intern Saga is much more interesting than the match-3 style in Candy Crush Saga.

  • Andrew

    Its a fantastic game. Hilarious if you know some of the King drama

  • Matthew Fry

    They should have made the app listing a match 3 game.

  • Marcos Amano

    Downloading just to give it 5 stars. =P

  • Nathan

    Seriously... THANK YOU Men With Many Hats. This is so spot on, in its tone, presentation...the timing of its appearance on the Play Store couldn't have been better. I hope this inspires more awesome apps that aren't afraid to get out there and give King the giant finger. You Men with all your Hats have thrown a choice one into the ring. Let the games begin!

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