I'm a beginner here and I have a slight ethical issue.
A few months ago I wanted to make a small game, and at the time I really liked to play Bejeweled. So I decided to make something similar and change some things in it. So instead of moving one piece at a time I wondered what would happen if I moved the entire row? How about the column as well? How about adding some other things? Seemed unique enough to me, as all the match 3 games out there didn't have any of the things I wanted to have in my game.
So I started my little project, created my "jewels", managed to make the rows swap, then the columns, then after a few painful tries I managed to get the killing to happen. I was so eager and I really enjoyed working on it. Next on my list was to implement a score system, when all of a sudden somebody said she had seen my game before. And she showed it to me. It was called Chuzzle Deluxe by popcap games.
I never played that game, nor did I ever knew of it's existence till that point. All my hopes got lost
Now I'm wondering...should I finish my game? I originally wanted to post it on fgl (my first ever game that I would try to put there), but now I don't know if that would be possible, or if it would be ethical for me to do so.
What would you do in my situation? Did something similar occur to anyone else? Would I get in trouble if I finish the game and put it up for bids?