By Jonathan Charles | Aug 13, 2012 12:39 PM EDT
Zynga, synonymous with Facebook games and accessible titles on mobile platforms, offered to port indie darling Fez to mobile devices, according to developer Polytron.
"ZYNGA approached us to port FEZ to mobile. [W]e politely refused. [S]o, look forward to ZYNGA's FEX any day now, I guess," Polytron said. The reason for Polytron's refusal is unclear, but it may be linked to Zynga taking a cut of sales; alternatively, Polyton may simply believe that Fez does not suit a virtual control scheme.
Polytron's jibe refers to Zynga's history of imitating popular titles. Words With Friends and Draw Something are similar to board games Scrabble and Pictionary. Ironically, Zynga planning to release board games based on its mobile titles, so users have a realistic chance of getting Words With Friends: The Board Game, even though Scrabble is almost identical.
Zynga is also in the midst of a legal dispute about a title - The Ville - which allegedly resembles Sims Social right down to the aesthetic. The lawsuit comes as the company's stock slides and it struggles to retain workers. Executives have left EA following the news, including COO, John Schappert.
Fez is a platformer built around the idea of switching perspective, so an out-of-reach platform can be accessed by rotating the environment, in a 16-bit aesthetic. Fundamentally, the game is a collectathon, requiring players to find a number of orbs. Earlier in 2012, around the title's release, players headed to forums to attempt to crack in-game codes. The game's title refers to its protagonist of the same name, who wears a fez.
Fez is available now on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 Microsoft Points ($10),
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