As good as mobile gaming has gotten lately, Apple has decided to pull the stops out on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on the iOS App Store, a move that has infuriated many, including the developer. Tyrone Rodriguez, head of Nicalis Software, has been actively discussing and sharing media of Rebirth running on iOS devices, and it looked like the title was squared away for a release on the App Store, until it was rejected earlier today.
C’mon, wtf… Apple pic.twitter.com/aEygkjqH2b
— Tyrone Rodriguez (@tyronerodriguez) February 7, 2016
Apple sent back reasoning in the notice, which stated that the title “Your app contains content or features that depict violence towards, or abuse of, children, which is not allowed on the App Store.” The moment in question is a Biblical reference, where Abraham is asked by God to sacrifice his child, Isaac. What’s interesting is that the game has made its presence known on many other consoles, including Nintendo’s own shops; Nintendo is widely known for its universal age appeal for its games, therefore fans are finding it odd that this title is being rejected outright for such a reason. Personal observations here, but I find it odd, considering I’ve seen many a violent title on the App Store, and this does not put Apple in a positive light, given that Rebirth is actually a fairly strong gaming experience.
These kinds of stories put a dampener on what makes mobile gaming look so childish and casual. I’ve really come to enjoy playing mobile games lately, for its ability to be picked up anywhere at any time. Definitely hoping that Tyrone gets this situation resolved, though.