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After Apple rejected an iOS version of the Super Mario parody Kill The Plumber, developer Keybol has now released the game on the Steam Store after getting through the store’s Greenlight feature. The game, which started as a free flash game has gotten several positive reviews from big review sites, has you play as the enemy while you do your absolute hardest to dodge and kill a suspiciously familiar-looking Italian plumber while he tries to rescue the princess captured by you and your fellow baddies. Set in a world that looks very similar, but is different enough from, the game it lampoons. The game also had a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The game, made by a small independent studio based in the Philippines, got nominated for the award for Most Innovative Game at the Casual Connect Asia. The team was also nominated for the Excellence in Design Award at the Independent Games Festival China, which ended in them taking the prestigious award home.

The newly released Steam version of the game launches with additional content exclusive to the PC release, and includes some Steam trading cards and achievements. To celebrate the game’s PC release, you can now pick it up for a 20% discount, making the full game a grand total of $3.99. You can check it out here.

The game’s initial release on the Apple App Store got barred due to Apple finding the game too similar to Super Mario Bros. The developer contested this point of view, saying that the game was completely custom-made from the ground up and included completely unique assets, an art-style that was reminiscent of (but not copied from) Super Mario and a custom soundtrack in addition to featuring completely different gameplay mechanics not found in Super Mario games. In a world where hundreds of Flappy Bird and Ridiculous Fishing are allowed, this was somehow too derivative to be sold on Apple’s store. 

Chris Anderson

Assoc. News Editor

I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as assistant news editor and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.