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Jul
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What's that? Minecraft? Oh goodness, no. That's iLands, which is totally different. It's insanely popular on Facebook with over one million active players and over 100k Likes. Yeah, I'm as shocked as you, but now it's on Android too.

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The game looks a lot like Minecraft (really). You can dig around the block-based world, build things, and share your creations with other players. The aesthetic is ever so slightly different than Minecraft, and the detail might be a bit lower.

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It's a free game, which might have something to do with its insane popularity on Facebook. The Android version has in-app purchases, so be aware.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • KrlzGmz

    How is this legal?

    • Markus S.

      If it's not pirating assests from Minecraft, there is nothing illegal. By you logic Minecraft was illegal in the first place because Lego preceded.
      Game ideas cannot be patented.

      • KrlzGmz

        Why are you assuming that's my logic and why are you trying to get your point across using absurd analogies?

        • Matt Terk

          It's a basic concept of argument and philosophy. Simplify into a rule then test that rule's limits. I'm sure he meant no offense, just furthing discussion in an educated manner.

          • andy_o

            Except what followed "by your logic" made no sense.

          • Matt Terk

            I fully grasp the sentence. Despite a typo or two, the argument is that making "copying" an idea for a game would lead to ramifications that the OP had not considered. He took the logic that the OP used and applied it in a way that made the logic appear simply absurd. Does that help?

          • andy_o

            What doesn't make sense is not the sentence but the argument, Mr philosopher. It doesn't follow, it's not reduction to the absurd, it's just absurd.

        • AuroraFlux

          Er...you asked "How is this legal?"

          This would lead anyone to assume that you think it is not legal due to some facet of the way it looks or works.

          Ease off on the outrage button.

      • momentai

        If game ideas cannot be patented, then does that mean I am free to create a android version of Johann Sebastian Joust? If I am, I think I may well do and just call it Vivaldi tilt... -hold that thought-

      • hoosiercub88

        Your point stands no ground with Lego.. since Lego had nothing to do with Minecraft or the visual style of Minecraft, like this game does. Hell, Lego even endorses Minecraft with a set of collectables utilizing Lego brand to market Minecraft merchandise.

        Game ideas themselves cannot be patented but when visual style is blatantly ripped off, a cease & desist letter can be sent.

    • DonEmu

      Same way Candy Crush is legal.

      Game ideas and general art direction can't be patented. Unless they lifted assets from Minecraft or the game is a like for like copy then it can be made.

      Reason why so many popular games have clones come out with superficial differences.

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  • miri

    It's free (unlike PE) and minecraft-esque. Not all that surprising that it's popular.

  • GraveUypo

    it manages to look worse.
    awesome.

    • someone755

      Worse?
      Do you have any idea how beautiful Minecraft can be made in a matter of minutes?
      This ... this is just some bullshit, for lack of a better word.

      • GraveUypo

        lipstick on a pig.

        • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

          Just add more blocks and distance. Some of these King's Landing pics look rather nice: http://imgur.com/a/XfCkQ

  • Iván Lozano

    Lo Bombonera :D

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  • Alex James Simon

    I like Block Story :D

  • firesoul453

    Is this game significantly different from minecraft (just the basics the same) Or is it definitively a clone?

  • primalxconvoy

    Are there any mine craft like games for android that support hardware controllers?

  • dawid

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