Get Homescapes, Gardenscapes, and other Playrix games off the App Store and Google Play

Get Homescapes, Gardenscapes, and other Playrix games off the App Store and Google Play

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Jonathan Levitz started this petition to r/fuckhomescapes

All Playrix ads (Gardenscapes, Homescapes, Township, Fishdom) are clearly not the ones that show the actual game. The first few screenshots for all those games on Google Play (as well as all Playrix adverts) show puzzle games where you have to make choices in order to save the characters or progress in the game. The clips and screenshots look awesome, so you download the app and then find that the actual game is nothing but a match 3 (Candy Crush style) game with some home improvement elements on the side, but nothing like the screenshots or adverts. This contravenes Google's very clear rules:


"Here are some examples of common violations:
Apps that misrepresent or do not accurately and clearly describe their functionality:

An app that claims to be a racing game in its description and screenshots, but is actually a puzzle block game using a picture of a car."


If that rule doesn't describe exactly what Playrix are doing, I don't know what does.


My question is: how can they be allowed to get away with it? This has been reported before and like many other angry users, I have flagged all their games as inappropriate and reported false advertising, but Google are doing nothing about it, presumably because they are making millions from Playrix. So clearly their rules don't apply to every developer and they would only bother to enforce them if your app was insignificant.What can be done about it? If this is allowed to continue, it will become common practice and we will never be able to trust any Google Play app description again.

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