June 13th, 2012 | By Richard Glenn
$2. That’s the price of admission for the Android port of Ido Yehieli’s adventure dungeon crawler, Cardinal Quest, and yet that’s apparently too much for some players to stomach.
In a chat with IGM earlier today, Yehieli revealed that the game’s Android version, released a couple of days ago, has been the subject of sickening levels of illegal downloads, thanks in no small part to its illicit circulation on a number of Android-centric torrent sites.
“I’d say there are maybe ten times as many pirated copies as legal ones,” stated Yehieli. ” There are tons of pirated copies around.”
Making the news all the more depressing is the fact that Yehieli is a staunch advocate of DRM-free gaming, having released the original PC version of Cardinal Quest without the imposition of any spurious anti-piracy measures, opting to place his faith in the independent gaming community who, by and large, champion the notion of giving developers their due for a job well done.
It appears that most cases of the game’s piracy has come from a narrow source. According to Yehieli, approximately half of the pirated versions of the game have been registered on devices whose native languages are set to Russian, suggesting that many of the illegal version have cropped up in Eastern European territories.
Sales figures on iOS devices, however, have reportedly been largely unaffected by the looming threat of piracy, a revelation that Yehieli credits to the App Store’s more restrictive development procedures. On the flip side, the Android version has enjoyed almost as many legitimate sales as its iOS counterpart, suggesting that, despite all its concerns, the game’s financial success hasn’t been completely crippled.