Even with Apple’s notoriously strict approval process, misleading applications constantly make their way into the App Store. We’ve covered a number of these titles on iDB — most recently Craft-Build Terrain, a fake MineCraft game.

These fraudulent applications have been making some serious waves in the developer community over the last few weeks. Developers believe these apps give their titles, and the App Store in general, a bad name. And Apple has responded…

TechCrunch is reporting that Apple has removed several misleading applications from the US App Store over the past few days, including Angry Ninja Birds, Tiny Birds, and Numbers With Friends. The move appears to be in direct response to developer complaints, who have recently become rather vocal about the subject. And for good reason.

Last week, Temple Jump, an obvious knockoff of the popular game Temple Run, made its way to the top of the App Store’s Paid Apps list. Users downloaded the game thinking it was part of the Temple Run series, but were met with major disappointment

Even though it’s good to hear that Apple is actively weeding out these types of applications from its App Store, we imagine we’ll continue to see them. So double check your apps before downloading, and stay tuned to iDB for future warnings.

What’s your take on these misleading apps? Are they becoming a real problem?

  • Pretty awesome to know apple is doing this, nobody needs a POS knockoff. Wish try started doing this many more months ago.

  • Is Apple even doing a thorough test of these apps? Because once they show up on the App Store, they remove It again in a few days. It makes sense to test It before they put It in the App Store, rather than patrolling the App Store looking for these Misleading apps. Can Developers create Apps that are worth downloading? I’m tired of seeing Apps that are copying one another.

  • Anonymous

    Technically, that Temple Jump app wasn’t wrong. Though the intention of the publisher is pretty obvious (or not), it’s simply a n00b trap. These people are the ones that think they live in a perfect, and the same ones that end up searching “Jailbreak” on the App Store. I would say it is 70% the fault of downloaders. I mean, come on guys, were you born yesterday?

  • Yes their becoming a real problem. Apple should verify the originality of an application before approving it. Also it should check the screenshots and if the description matches the application.

  • Anonymous

    And that’s why they show the developer’s info, people should read before tapping “buy”

  • It’s not apple’s job to pull apps with similar game mechanics because some developers got upset. The recent Zynga story about Tiny Tower is the best example. For all practical purposes zynga’s version is a direct copy of Tiny Tower. The difference is that Zynga built all their own resources. Unless the offending apps were just repackaged bunldes filled with someone else’s *copyrighted* resources, it’s solely the problem of the downloader. Contrasted with the Android market where there are ridiculous knockoffs with stolen graphics.

    Game mechanics are not “copyrightable”, and that’s a good thing.

  • Than every gameloft game shuold be removed, like , gangster which is ripoff of gta.

  • As a customer, it’s good to know that Apple is taking actions to preserve the integrity of my iTunes shopping experience. However, I’m unable to find any mention of reimbursement to those who bought the “fake app.”

    I don’t think they should, either. Anyone who is capable of navigating ITunes should be able to differentiate the knock off apps from the originals. There are so many obvious indicators: poor grammar (or lack of any verbiage), a company name no one’s ever heard of, no endorsements, subpar graphics, and POOR REVIEWS!

    If something looks too good to be true, it probably is, especially on iTunes. Caveat Emptor!!

  • this one got me. T~T