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For hacker-minded Android users, being able to root a device with new firmware is a way to get more capability out of their hardware. But for users planning to buy Chaos Rings, a rooted device is actually less useful than an unrooted device. That’s because, as the game’s Google Play page puts it, “this game cannot be played on rooted devices.”
Chaos Rings drew accolades when it was released in 2010 for bringing a console-style 3D RPG experience to iOS, and merited a prequel and a sequel on the platform since then. The Android version was launched on Google Play on October 10, though the notice about incompatibility with rooted phones apparently didn’t go up until shortly after the game was first made available. Google Play statistics show that between 500 and 1,000 people have downloaded the $13 game since it was released.
The warning about rooted devices appears to be a first for games on the Google Play store, through the restriction does bring back memories of Google blocking rooted devices from accessing Android’s movies rental service last year, citing copy protection issues. Google restored rooted access to the service a few months later, however.
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