I noticed this mobile game ad the other day:
This would be pretty unremarkable, except for that fact that I play this game, and have done for many months, so I know it pretty well.
Gardenscapes is made by a company called Playrix. I like their games, so have also played two other games they make: Homescapes, and Township.
The problem is, none of their games look like this. The character on the left is a weird version of the main character in Gardenscapes and Homescapes, and he also has some guest appearances in Township. The character on the right appears to be a version of a character from Homescapes, who does not appear in Gardenscapes at all.
But that’s where any similarity ends.
None of the games are set in a winter landscape, none have a storyline that involves a plane crash, and none involve characters freezing next to a cold campfire.
As for gameplay? Gardenscapes is a match-3 game. Not that you would be able to guess. Here’s an actual screenshot from the game:
I guess the point is to get you to click, by asking you a question and assuming you’ll want to save the poor freezing people (??) but all it really does is train me to distrust mobile game ads, without even having to click on one.