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Darwin: [Picks up a game from a bargain bin] Hey, look! They have a new Legend of Zelmore! [Looks at the game's case] Wait, what? The Tale of Zolmore? For PolyStation? [Opens the game's case] There's not even a disc inside! It's painted on the box! It's a knock-off!

The Unlicensed Game, or Bootleg Game, is a specific kind of Shoddy Knockoff Product that can be considered works of their own in rare cases.


Due to the relative ease of spriteswapping on older consoles, these ran rampant in the mid 1990s. While Sturgeon's Law definitely applies, some have made names for themselves. Some can be considered an early form of Fan Sequel.

This website includes a considerable list of games that fit in this trope, so don't be afraid to create pages about those works.

Compare and contrast with Fan Game and Game Mod, which are usually freeware but are sometimes sold for profit without the creator's consent. note 


Works under this category include: