Noodlecake Made A Special Version of Its Game For Pirates
And this isn't a version you'll want to play.
Have you ever heard of a team pirating its own game as a promotional bid? Noodlecake just did it to make a point, and it's totally weird, but also a little metal at the same time.
Noodlecake went ahead and pirated its recent release Shooting Stars, which normally goes for $2.99, to counter piracy in a unique way. They released a boss type that's unique to the pirated version: "Daft Premium," and its very difficult to defeat. This way, pirates get their just desserts by having a game they can't possibly beat, and they're forced to get the full game by paying real money.
This is a tactic that several other indie developers have employed as of late to bait and switch pirates looking to swipe games for free, and as far as I can tell, it's a very clever ruse. But it also causes more work for the developers, who could use that time to be working on other features for the game for those of us who buy the games proper. It's a double-edged sword, unfortunately, but it's a practice we might soon have to resort to since piracy definitely isn't going anywhere.