Intern Saga: Trademark Lawyer – Review
Which company do you think a trademark parody game make fun of? If your answer was EA, or Gamevil, then you’d be wrong. The right answer was “King,” the people behind Candy Crush Saga and two ridiculous copyright stories in the past year. After they trademarked the word “Candy” in all applications for video games and apparel, some developers decided to fight back and release candy-themed apps on iOS and Android. Intern Saga: Trademark Lawyer takes a slightly higher road, and makes fun of them in a different way.
Intern Saga was created by The Men Who Wear Many Hats, who you may know created Organ Trail. The game puts you in the trainers of an intern working for some dodgy lawyers. This firm represents a familiar gaming company that’s overly fond of trademarking. It’s your job to find random apps on your Totally Not An iPhone that might infringe your client’s copyright, then send a tasteful cease and desist letter. Get it right and you’ll earn a few bucks for each app successfully taken down, and you’ll get closer and closer to paying off your crippling student debt. Get it wrong too many times and you’re fired.
You couldn’t call Intern Saga discreet – the title alone is risking the wrath of King’s real lawyers, who came down hard on indie PC strategy game “The Banner Saga” (which has an actual saga in it, as opposed to a Bejeweled rip-off) when the developers filed for their own trademark. The humor in the game is as basic as the graphics, but it’s an interesting bit of social commentary nonetheless. If you’d like to check it out, Intern Saga is free (like Candy Crush Saga!) with no in-app purchases (not like Candy Crush Saga).