Did This Self-Help App Rip Off Artsy Platformer "Gris"?

Did This Self-Help App Rip Off Artsy Platformer "Gris"?
Credit: Devolver Digital

The puzzle-platformed Gris may not be very exciting, but it looks unique. That's why it's so easy to tell when another app or game may be copying off of it.

Publisher Devolver Digital accused self-help app The Fabulous of straight up ripping off Gris in a recent tweet. In a clip showing the two products side by side, we do have to admit that the similarities, at least those shown, are pretty unmistakable.

"The Fabulous app (@GetTheFabulous) ripped off GRIS and is reminder to all devs to be mindful of big companies and brands stealing creative work from smaller studios.

Fabulous CEO spoke to Gamasutra about the accusations, stating that any similarities were, in fact, "unintentional." As a result of the tweet, CEO Sami Ben Hassine is working with Devolver Digital as they investigate the supposed instance of copying.

"Fabulous has a mission to help people lead healthier lives, and we started this five years ago. From the very beginning, and as we are gamers ourselves, we were inspired by games like Journey, Monument Valley, and books like The Little Prince or The Alchemist, to create our universe."

It's not clear whether the app really is at fault. The two works do look very similar at a glance. However, given that they serve two different purposes, it's likely one of the freelancers working on the app was simply inspired by works they enjoy.

What do you think? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. This could very well be a case where the similarities end at a certain point. Or Devolver could certainly be on to something. We'll keep you updated as additional details come out about the situation.

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