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Apple approves hot dog app, rejects Soviet puzzle app

updated 08:50 pm EDT, Tue June 30, 2009

App Store review policies

Apple has reversed its rejection of Metaversal Studios' "Hot Dog Down a Hallway" app for the iPhone, while rejecting egrev.lab's "15 with Soviet Leaders" puzzle game. An update to Hot Dog Down a Hallway was recently rejected by Apple for "explicit content," despite the approval of earlier versions that were even given an age rating of nine and up on the App Store.

Apple's review team initially may have been unaware of the sexual innuendo, although the developer argues that the app does not include any sexually-explicit content. After a second review, Apple approved the title without changing the rating.

"Apple seems to be sorting out their approval process," said Alec Shobin, Metaversal's executive producer. "The inconsistent system made any kind of application development a total crapshoot. Now it's finally the iPhone users' decision which games they download and enjoy."

While a number of developers have received a second consideration and reversal from Apple, others remain frustrated and confused by the App Store review policies. Egrev.lab claims its app was rejected in just one day, after Apple concluded it "contains content that ridicules public figures."

The app in question is a variation of the popular fifteen-puzzle containing numbered square tiles. One of the tile spaces is left empty, enabling users to slide the pieces around until they are ordered correctly. In the case of 15 with Soviet Leaders, the tiles are arranged to show portraits of historical figures such as Vladimir Lenin and Mikhail Gorbachev.

The portraits do not appear to be altered in any way, and the app does not contain any plot other than moving numbered tiles. The interface shows what appears to be simulated wood with a few hammer-and-sickle symbols.

"We've never even thought of ridiculing anybody, especially the people who ruled our own state for years," says developer Kirill Egerev. "Our intention was to create a game that reminds the player of all those people and years they were heading our country. This rejection looks like a specific Apple reviewer's aversion towards soviet theme[s] and symbolism."

Considering the availability apps featuring images of U.S. leaders, it is easy for the developer to see a bias in the App Store review process. Many developers feel Apple is extremely subjective with its approach, while the SDK terms leave too much room for interpretation.

The uncertainty has even been costly for some companies, with money wasted on development and pre-release marketing. After spending many months and marketing dollars awaiting an approval that never came, FreedomVoice created a petition asking Apple to clarify its policies, expand the definitions and list of factors involved in the review process, provide more detail on status of submissions and explain detailed reasons for rejection.






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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    That hot dog game

    looks like fun, but I don't like the fact that the pig jumps in the grinder. It doesn't seem necessary for the pig to get ground up like that.

    I see nothing wrong with the 15 Soviet leaders puzzle. Learn a bit about history and see what they looked like. What harm is that?

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    It has to,

    If the pig doesn't get ground up, how do you think you make a hot dog? I thought it was hilarious!

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    App rejection

    I've a question to MacNN staff. Are you going to report every app that is rejected? I mean, those poor guys with Soviet Leaders puzzle probably spent a whole day preparing bitmaps and another one writing the code. And now their hard efforts are wasted in the hands of Apple's highly subjective reviewers. Outrageous!

  1. Gepard

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Well..

    Think of this, some of these "leaders" have murdered millions of people and sent millions to prisons in Siberia. The Soviet symbolics reminds me the worst times in the history of the World. Definitely is not showing any support for freedom and democracy, sorry Kirill..

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Well

    But the same could be said about pretty much every world leader over the last 100 years, if not throughout time.

  1. Metaversal Studios

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Hot Dog Down a Hallway

    Hey All,
    You can play Hot Dog Down a Hallway for free online at http://www.metaversalstudios.com/games/hotdog/. You can also check out all the other fun games Metaversal Studios has made at www.metaversalstudios.com.
    Keep an eye out for Metaversal's free app coming out next week "Shave me!"


  1. Metaversal Studios

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hot Dog Down a Hallway

    Hey All,
    You can play Hot Dog Down a Hallway for free online at http://www.metaversalstudios.com/games/hotdog/. You can also check out all the other fun games Metaversal Studios has made at www.metaversalstudios.com.
    Keep an eye out for Metaversal's free app coming out next week "Shave me!"


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