Some big titles, all released by… Rovio Mobile? What, the Angry Birds Rovio Mobile? Not quite.
These are fake apps from a fake company, not the real Rovio, which in any case doesn’t have the rights to publish Android versions of any of the above games.
Click on the Developer’s Website link on Android Market, and you’re taken to the site of a Wisconsin web agency called Sevenwire, although it’s anyone’s guess if that company has anything to do with these fake apps.
Update: Sevenwire have explained in a comment on this story that they have nothing to do with the apps.
As the reviews for Jetpack Joyride show, people are being asked to fill in surveys and enter their email address before playing anything – a clear sign that these apps are scammy.
“The app won’t open until I fill out 50 surveys and submit all ky personal info for telemarketing, and email blitzing… Just want to play the game and it still won’t open,” writes one Android Market reviewer.
“I had paid for this app before and now trying to install on my new phone and I was surprised to see it was free but then wanted my email and details and filling out marketing crap! Screw this,” writes another of Madden NFL 12.
Expect these apps to be removed from the store as soon as the publishers behind the various brands let Google know. It’s a sign that scam-apps aren’t just an iOS phenomenon – last week Apple removed a series of apps from its App Store that were designed to look like popular titles.