Nimblebit attracted a lot of attention when they created an infographic showing the many similarities between Zynga’s Dream Heights and their Tiny Tower. Nimblebit co-founder David Marsh said that above all else, he was sad that the best Zynga could manage with all its talent was a clone of his company’s game.

“We were kind of just a little bit taken aback at just how close of a clone it was because we thought it would just be based on Tiny Tower with the same basic theme. But actually, the more we played it, the more it was really pretty close mechanically to our game,” said Marsh before adding, “I would like to be known for our games and not because we got cloned by a much bigger company or something like that.”

“I don’t think we’ve seen any kind of downturn in our revenue because of Dream Heights. I don’t think it’s devastating to us but that’s definitely why they can put out a lot of derivative games and still flourish,” he said. “The annoying part to me was that I know that there are lots of really talented people at Zynga because I used to work with them and they all went to work at Zynga. It’s just kind of sad for me to think that they would all get tasked with just ‘here’s a game, make something exactly like it’ instead of ‘here’s a genre, a basic idea, what can you come up with ‘”

Source: Develop