The Mike Hardy Saga, Part V: Back in the Asylum

(note: read parts I, II, III, and IV if you haven’t already)

Oops, it looks like I goofed. Part four did not actually cover all the releases Michael J. Hardy has made under the Asylum Studios name. Correct, there are more magical Mike Hardy makings to be discovered!

For this update, I will start with Word Lab (mirrored copy, the original is shut down). This promises to be a somewhat original puzzle game that just might expand your vocabulary. I wonder if the words “fraud,” “thief,” and “steal” are in it? I ask these questions because it just so happens that you can find the exact same game without the Mike Hardy brandings on it right here. There is not much more I can say about this one.

Even Mahjongg is not safe from the clutches of Mr. Hardy. Witness his Ghost Mahjongg Solitaire, a blatant copy of Kyodai Mahjongg. Or is it Mr. Hardy’s vbMahjongg (local mirror) that is a ripoff of Orville P. Chomer’s VB Mahjongg? Honestly, I am not very certain right now. This is all so tiring and confusing. For an interesting diatribe against Mr. Hardy, look here.

MineXPWow…a Minesweeper clone called MineXP. How imaginative. It is kind of sad that Mr. Hardy cloned a game that comes with Windows, and then tries to charge money for it. Actually, the screenshot just says that the game is commercial, but the site fails to mention a way to buy it. This is probably a good thing.

Next up: Booda (local mirror), an Othello (Reversi) clone. A version of Reversi actually came with version 1.0 of Microsoft Windows, but they removed it by version 3.0. No doubt Mr. Hardy’s version is simply rebadged from someone else’s creation, but I cannot find the original. Any assistance in finding it would be appreciated.

Honestly, I think my brain is beginning to melt. I will return to the Mike Hardy saga in a few days, I think.

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5 Responses to “The Mike Hardy Saga, Part V: Back in the Asylum”

  1. Covaro Says:

    Someone should kill this fucker.

  2. Nao Says:


    I’m the author of Kyodai Mahjongg. I was doing a Google search on my game’s name and found your website. I already dealt with Mike Hardy in the past, having his website removed from the Net after it was reported to me. I didn’t remember that he didn’t do it himself and just used freely available source code from the web. So I started looking for the other game in question. The problem is, that source code is credited to “John Ripper”, who made a lousy mahjongg game where the only interest is good graphics–taken without authorization from my website! Of course he never asked from permission (which I wouldn’t have given anyway!), and took most (or all) backgrounds, tilesets, music, interface and overall concept from my game. He thought he might get away with “greeting” me in his About section… Only, he didn’t credit me, he just said Hi, and called me on a first-name basis. What a credit, ladies and gentlemen! Then he distributes his files on a source code repository and barely credits me and everyone related to the making of my game.

    Stealers steal from other stealers. Sick little bastards. I just don’t enjoy being at the top of the pyramid. That’s all I wanted to add :)

  3. Anonymous Says:

    On the Booda mirror, you might want to remove the wife’s name, because in her comment for Part 1, she said that she wanted her name removed. I think she would want it removed for the Booda mirror.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I haven’t yet read any of the parts after this, so you might of already listed that he has a Minesweeper clone “MineTopper” also besides MineXP, but on the booda site I saw this: “Booda also Comes with another Freeware Game called “MineTopper” Which is a cool MineSweeper Clone (With Sounds) + Twist…”

  5. iluvfuz Says:

    Ahaha…he tried to steal MINESWEEPER? Jesus…

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