Zynga under fire for creating Tiny Tower clone

Nimblebit calls out FarmVille dev for stealing its idea

Casual game giant Zynga has caught heat from Tiny Tower developer Nimblebit for shamelessly cloning its iOS sensation.


The indie studio has written an open letter to Zynga and pointed the numerous similarities between the Tiny Tower and 'Dream Heights', Zynga's title.

In the letter, which was posted on to Twitter by Nimblebit's Ian Marsh, there are side-by-side screenshots of Tiny Tower and Dream Heights which show off the striking similarities between the two titles.

In Tiny Tower players are tasked with creating skyscrapers, installing shops on each floor, attracting people with appartments, creating and filling job opening in each store and generally managing the tower on a day-to-day basis. From the looks of the screenshots Dream Heights does very little to differentiate itself from Tiny Tower, going so far as to use a the same currency mechanic too.

"Dear Zynga (all 2,789 of you!), we noticed you are about to launch a new iPhone game called Dream Heights," it reads. "Congratulations! We wanted to thank all you guys for being such big fans of our iPhone game of the year Tiny Tower!," reads the letter.

"Good luck with your game, we are looking forward to inspiring you with our future games! Sincerely (all three of us), Nimblebit."

Have a look at the picture included for all the similarities.

Last year Zynga was hit with a lawsuit by SocialApps, developer of myFarm, accusing it of using stolen source code to create FarmVille.

[ SOURCE: Edge ]