Puzzle & Dragons hits the Google Play Store, blocks rooted devices

by: Kristofer WoukDecember 15, 2012


Puzzle & Dragons, originally released for iOS last month, has now made its way to Google’s Play Store for Android devices. Unless you’ve rooted your device, that is.

Described by developer GungHo Online Entertainment as a social puzzle role-playing game, Puzzle & Dragons mixes and matches elements of jewel matching puzzle games like Bejeweled with simple RPG elements.

Ostensibly to prevent piracy, Puzzle & Dragons refuses to run on rooted devices. The game’s page in the Play Store spells it out plainly:

Puzzle & Dragons will not run on Rooted/Super User Android devices. If you observe the application starts but closes before splash screen pops, your device is likely rooted. To start the app, please turn off the Rooting/Super User option of your device.

Now, as most Android Authority readers are probably aware, rooting your device does not mean that you’re a pirate. Either GungHo is not aware of this, or they simply think that it’s worth alienating a large portion of its potential audience to prevent a few lost sales.

It’s pretty clear that this move has users upset, as the game currently has a 2.4-star rating in the Play Store, with 1-star reviews greatly outnumbering positive reviews. If you want to see the game for yourself (and you’re not rooted, of course) check out the Google Play Store link in the sources section below the article.

Are you running a rooted device? If so, is it keeping you from trying Puzzle & Dragons, or would you not have been interested anyway?

  • APai

    these guys are clueless.

    • Jerry li

      it wont support 4.2.1 o.o

  • Wayne

    easy fix. Download OTA Rootkeeper which allows you to temporarily unroot your device

    • Kagnon

      No way i’m doing that just for one game.

      This app is incompatible with all of your devices.

      I have a HTC One X and Nexus 7, i don’t even know why it isn’t compatible.

  • yea, dont allow rooted devices, witch leads to people not using your app and then whine how android users are ungrateful and they just want to pirate stuff and discontinue development for android. smart move guys

  • TechGuy

    The advantages of a rooted device far outweigh any disadvantage of being precluded from being able to run certain apps. Some developers have made a lot of money by writing apps that only run on rooted devices. Some Android devices are now being sold pre-rooted. The paranoid developers are shooting themselves in the foot

  • Ed Baker

    Wow… I’m speechless. can’t they come up with a validation protocol to verify if it’s legitimate?
    Is piracy that big of a problem? To loose more than half the potential customers? It’s not worth my time to decompile a program that costs a buck or two.
    What’s to prevent someone from Decompiling that apk and REM out the root access check?
    When is the app store going to put in filters so we can search without certain companies items from showing up?

    • melody

      I’m sure pirated version will remove root check.
      I remember some game with similar issue before, pirates quickly release root-fix version.

      So, in the end, I don’t understand how this act from developer will going to help legitimate user ?

  • That’s why android lacks in games due to fragmentation and piracy and now this we have to unroot our devices to play this games , and plus it’s not compatible to certain devices , wow that’s just great .

    • Itimnapayaso

      let us pray someone will give solution to rooted devices

  • Lefaid

    Can’t you pirate games on a non-rooted device? You know, find the apk and sideload it on your phone?

  • TechGuy21

    lol theres an apk that fixed the problem. i dont see why devs do that.it wont stop piracy. i dont care about this game either..

  • Itimnapayaso

    it is available in android OS

  • AlisonBH

    Good to know I’ve been playing this game fairly on my 4S

  • Itimnapayaso

    actually The Japanese law, is not allow root android…

  • insta

    well, whatever the case..im still a puzzle and dragon fanatic

  • insta

    i love this game but i cant play it on my galaxy player..i would like to know if somebody techie already resolved this issue

  • Whatzbeefy

    Oh yeah like I’m going to unroot my device and lose all the great things about android just to play an App

  • Qliphah

    Does anyone else get a feeling of dejavu looking at their characters and art work? It’s just funny that in Kris’ own words “Ostensibly to prevent piracy, Puzzle & Dragons” they then copy pokemon and a couple other card games. For instance just in the logo for the game they use a pokemon (the blossom looking thing), digimon (the trex is almost an exact copy), and I’m pretty sure the last one is a pokemon too (one of the legendary ones if I recall).

  • Riley Barnett

    I know exactly why they did this, when’s the last time everyone who commented cared to talk about a puzzle game?

  • blah

    if you wanna play the jp version just do what i did..just make a VPN from japan and download it on the JP goole play store