Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 was a scam. We all knew that from the second we first read the title. However, somehow, not everyone got the message, and this shameless app was allowed to rise up to the number 4 spot on the top 10 best selling apps list on iTunes before it was finally pulled.
The $10.99 app was first discovered by Redditors after it blasted straight into the top of the lists. Despite doing well, it was never able to surpass the actual Minecraft: Pocket Edition or Minecraft: Story Mode in the rankings. Thankfully, its traction caught the eyes of Apple, and it was delisted before any other victims were swindled out of their money.
The app’s listing shows that it had been available for weeks, leaving some to question the screening process.
Eurogamer gave a further in-depth look at the app, stating that “one of the most shameless App Store games” it had ever seen. The game itself looks nothing lie Minecraft, and it even uses sprites of Scorpion from the original Mortal Kombat. From the screenshot, it would appear that he fights zombies… or something.
The creator, whose real name is Viktor Todorov, went by the handle of “Scott Cawthorn,” an attempt to further defraud the marketplace by coming off as Five Nights at Freddy’s creator, Scott Cawthon. In fact, Todorov had already used his “Cawthorn” moniker to release “official” mobile ports of Five Nights at Freddy’s and Mortal Kombat – New Season. These are of course fake.
Be ever vigilant for scam artists like this, and don’t buy anything titled Minecraft unless Microsoft says so first. It didn’t drop millions on Mojang just to let a sequel slow-burn itself to success. That announcement will be heard all over the world if it ever arrives.