Creator: Gameloft

Imagine, if you will, a company that lives on the philosophy of creating movies that heavily imitate current feature films for the sole purpose of getting a quick buck.

Now apply that philosophy to making games for mobile phones and the iOS.

Thus you have Gameloft S.A., a developer of portable titles that are playable and graphically polished but not quite perfect reproductions of titles such as Halo, Final Fantasy XIII, Burnout, Diablo, and many others. They are an offshoot of French megadeveloper Ubisoft (the two companies' founders are brothers), and thus are also responsible for creating portable versions of Ubisoft's franchises, such as Assassin's Creed and Rayman 2. Some of their games are even licensed titles in their own right. Their Mario Kart clone, for example, stars the cast of the Shrek movies, while their copy of the Batman: Arkham Asylum series is a tie-in for The Dark Knight Rises. They've also partnered with Hasbro to make Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic games.

This formula has made Gameloft one of the most successful mobile developers, but the message Gameloft's success sends makes them one of the most controversial. To console and PC developers, it says that gamers want mobile versions of all these games, and if Gameloft doesn't provide them, someone else will. To other mobile developers, it says that you can be successful simply by copying someone else's idea and doing a half-decent job of it. The actual quality of their games is similarly mixed, characterized by high production values for iOS Games but weak voice acting and story, and slightly outdated gameplay mechanics.

Considering that many of the games they rip off of are nowhere to be found on iOS devices (with some exceptions; Grand Theft Auto III, for one, has been released on the iOS and Android), Gameloft is in fact one of the few companies that is making the iPod a competitive gaming device. They also freely admit to copying other games, defending themselves by pointing out the lack of originality in the rest of the game industry. They are sometimes given the copyright of several Ubisoft games, which they will recycle old models with. Such as the "No. 3 Machinegun", which starred in 3 series, although given that the company itself was established by one of the Guillemot brothers, it wouldn't be surprising for Gameloft to come up with a portable remake of a popular Ubisoft title, albeit usually with an altered storyline and gameplay - for example, the mobile Splinter Cell games differed siginificantly from their home console and PC counterparts, although the basic premise remains the same.

They are now moving into downloadable console titles, publishing games like Dungeon Hunter Alliance and Modern Combat for the PlayStation 3, as well as Let's Golf 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.

Their monthly Gameloft Video Podcast can be found on their YouTube page.

A wiki for the Gangstar series can also be found here.

Gameloft Title Original Title
Eternal Legacy "our favorite JRPGs" (most of the plot and game mechanics are modeled on Final Fantasy XIII) Also is somewhat similar to Chaos Rings, if only because of platform.
Dungeon Hunter Diablo, Torchlight
Blades of FurySoul Calibur
Gang$tar Grand Theft Auto, in both Vice City and San Andreas varieties. The newest game in the series is subtitled "City of Saints".
Guitar Rock Tour Guitar Hero
N.O.V.A.note  Halo, The Conduit
Modern Combat Modern Warfare, HomeFront, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Hero of Sparta God of War
Real Football Pro Evolution Soccer
Sacred Odyssey Zelda and Fable
Shadow Guardian Uncharted
Soul of Darkness Castlevania
Zombie Infection Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead
GT Racing Gran Turismo
Brain Challenge Brain Age
Star Front: Collision Starcraft
Rise of Lost Empires Warcraft
Cannon Rats Angry Birds
Asphalt Burnout in some titles, Ridge Racer in others
Ice Age Village The Smurfs Village
Crystal Monsters Pokémon
Order & Chaos World of Warcraftnote 
Backstab Assassin's Creed's gameplay with the plot of Sharpe
9mm Max Payne crossed with True Crime
Silent Ops Splinter Cell, though they also made Splinter Cell Conviction for Ubi.
Six Guns Red Dead Redemption
Heroes of Order & Chaos League of Legendsnote 
Diamond Twister Bejeweled
Block Breaker Deluxe Breakout
Shrek Kart Mario Kart
The Dark Knight Rises Batman: Arkham Asylum / Arkham Citynote 
Men In Black 3 X-COM
Gameloft Live standalone app Xbox Live
Littlest Pet Shop
My Little Pony (Gameloft) The Simpsons Tapped Out
Iron Man 3 Temple Run
Blitz Brigade Team Fortress 2
Castle Of MagicThis one is a bit unique: Rather than copy any one game, it instead borrows directly from a large number of classic 8- and 16-bit platformers.
Shark DashCut The Rope