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GameGeex - Chinese Pirates Mind Meld Hearthstone, Copy Entire Game Legend of the Crouching Dragon has ripped off everything but the art, proving that you really can swipe a game even before it goes to market.

Goldfarming is huge business in China, so it should come as no surprise that game piracy is also rampant.  Take Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming CCG. Why not? Some hackers already have.

The pirated version runs on multiple mobile devices and is dubbed Legend of the Crouching Dragon.  I guess the "Crouching Dragon" is the hacker, so the legend must refer to the lawsuit they're about to receive -- which will no doubt be legendary.  These guys scraped everything but the actual WoW-themed art assets, but the lighting effects and animations are still in place, and if you squint you can tell the games are almost identical.  I would say "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," but pirates are just exploitive thieves no matter how Johnny Depp looks in a hat.  

Hit the jump to see the gameplay video of LCD, already available for tablet and mobile phone.  

[via geek.com]

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Hmmm I dunno... Johnny Depp in a hat...

But really, damn that's an exact imitation O.o


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Though, after thinking about it... there's no Mage so maybe it's a better game XD


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