The Irate Gamer Game (lost iOS game; 2013)
The Irate Gamer is an infamous gaming web series created by Chris Bores. The series ran from 2007 to 2016, and was later replaced with the Chris NEO Show. The series gained notoriety due to its similarity to James Rolfe's web series, The Angry Video Game Nerd, which led to accusations of plagiarism and much controversy.
In August 2013, likely as a response to the announcement of James Rolfe's video game (Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures), Bores, in collaboration with Mad Media Labs, released his own video game on iOS called The Irate Gamer Game (referred to on the App Store as TIGG).
The game was a 2D platformer where the player controls the Irate Gamer on a quest to get his video game collection back from the Shadow Overlord. The game had 52 levels (originally announced to have 60+), with comic book-style cutscenes.
As with most things about Bores, the game was not received well. YouTuber Guru Larry reviewed the game for an IrateGamerSucks blog post back when it first came out, in which he mentions the game being un-intuitive with poor controls, being too easy with generous health refills while also being too hard with one-hit enemies, and being generally un-creative and repetitive.
Upon further inspection, it appears that the game was actually a heavy reskin of another iOS game called Commander Cool. The website for Commander Cool offered an "iOS 2D Platformer Starter Kit", which was basically the game's source code, presumably used by Mad Media Labs to create TIGG.
The game was apparently planned on for three years, and released on the App Store on August 25th, 2013. Both a paid, and a free, "lite" version existed. As the game was poorly received, the price of the full version dropped from $3.99 to $0.99 after a very short time, before both versions got removed from the store entirely in November of the same year.
After getting taken down from the App Store, no IPA file of the game has resurfaced. All that remains from the game are a few screenshots, some recollections from people that have tried the game, and a few gameplay videos on YouTube. Bores himself had made videos about the game, all of which have been since deleted and lost as well. In his most recent live stream, Bores mentioned that he has no control over the game, didn't really like how it turned out, and "hope it doesn't [come back]".
- Apple Store link for Commander Cool, the game TIGG was supposedly based off. Retrieved 04 Oct '19
- IrateGamerSucks blog post on the game's announcement. Retrieved 04 Oct '19
- IrateGamerSucks Blog post about the game's reveal. Also includes Guru Larry's review. Retrieved 04 Oct '19
- IrateGamerSucks blog post about the game's similarity with Commander Cool. Retrieved 04 Oct '19
- Commander Cool's website's page for the "iOS 2D Platformer Starter Kit". Archived 02 Sep '13
- IrateGamerSucks blog post on the game's removal. Retrieved 04 Oct '19
- One of Bores' YouTube videos about the game (the video itself is lost). Archived 28 Apr '14
- Timestamped livestream where he talks about the game Retrieved 15 May '20