|YouTube star PewDiePie revealed why his poop-themed game got banned on the Apple Store. The YouTuber launched "Poopdie" earlier this month after two years in development. However, the game is only currently available in android as Apple has rejected putting it in the Apple Store / Photo by: BigTunaOnline via Shutterstock|
YouTube star PewDiePie revealed why his poop-themed game got banned on the Apple Store. The YouTuber launched "Poopdie" earlier this month after two years in development. However, the game is only currently available in android as Apple has rejected putting it in the Apple Store.
In a video uploaded a day after the game's launch, PewDiePie claimed that the iPhone maker rejected "Poopdie" for "being too disgusting." Bulbware, the developer and publisher of the game, released a blog post regarding the ban and claimed that the rejection was due to the "crude imagery" of the game.
PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, and Bulbware began the development for "Poopdie" in March 2017. A 2018 update posted on the developer's website assured awaiting fans that they were diligently working on the game and were "willing to spill our guts to create best poop-crafting experience possible"
A year later and their hard work has paid off with the launch of "Poopdie" on December 12, 2019, an important day for Bulbware as it marked the official release its second collaboration with PewDiePie (the first being "Bulb Boy" in 2015).
However, the game was only released on Google Play.
|PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, and Bulbware began the development for "Poopdie" in March 2017 / Photo by: camknow via Wikimedia Commons|
"A bit of un-epic news for us, when we submitted the game, Apple thought this was too stinky for whatever reason," PewDiePie said in his video, as quoted by online entertainment magazine Metro UK. "It’s all cartoony but apparently this game is too stinky for Apple," the 30-year-old YouTube star claimed, adding that he's "hoping to fix it."
Meanwhile, Bulbware said in a blog post that they reached out to Apple as to why it rejected "Poopdie and his army of little Troops" to which the iPhone maker answered with: [Poopdie has] crude imagery and sound effect which may disgust users."
This means the game failed to comply with Apple guidelines—which the developer is currently appealing and they are hoping to reach a settlement with the Apple Review Board.
"C’mon Apple! We have received hundreds of iOS users’ requests who are eager to start pooping!" Bulbware said.
The Dungeon Crawler
"Poopdie" is set in a world where people, for an unknown reason, have forgotten how to fart or defecate. This has them unable to release tension in their bodies and eventually turned them into hyper-aggressive and often violent creatures.
Sick of being bullied around, Poopdie—the game's worm-like protagonist and the only creature who can fart—decided to find a cure to the "world's dreadful affliction" by teaching them how to poop again.
Video game website Pocket Gamer says the game's play and visual style is reminiscent of "The Binding of Isaac," a version of which was also banned in the Apple Store in 2016. The aesthetic and sense of humor for "Poopdie" was sillier—similar to that of "Bulb Boy"—and with a focus on scatological jokes.
The Pocket Gamer explains that "Poopdie's" combat is more defensive in which the player mixes different types of food to expel various unit types of Troops. This little army of Troops will then do the fighting.
"Poopdie" is a solid dungeon crawler, according to former Pocket Gamer editor Ric Cowley on his preview of the game late last year. Cowley noted that new fans seemed sold on the game's story and humor.
"What we can say is this - Poopdie is a solid dungeon crawler with an aesthetic to design a very particular audience. And that audience, based on the laughter booming through the booth as the story was explained to passers-by, will absolutely love it," the ex-editor said.
Not the First One
PewDiePie and Bulbware's second collaboration isn't the first game to be banned for not complying with Apple's guidelines. As stated, a version of "The Binding of Isaac" was also banned in 2016 as well as Palestinian game "Liyla and the Shadows of War."
A report from Polygon, a tech news site, said "The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth" was banned for depicting violence towards children. "Your app contains content or features that depict violence towards, or abuse of, children, which is not allowed on the App," the rejection notice from Apple read, as per a tweet from game developer Tyrone Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, a separate Polygon report explained that "Liyla and the Shadows of War" was deemed "not appropriate" to be put on the Apple App Store as it "has a political statement."
"Please revise the app category for your app and remove it from Games, since we found that your app is not appropriate in the Games category," an alleged response from Apple said, as per a tweet from game designer Rasheed Abueideh. "It would be more appropriate to categorize your app in News or Reference for example."
The strong political content of "Liyla and the Shadows of War"—which shows the realities of life in the Gaza Strip—was seen as a factor in Apple's rejection of the game.
A later update from Abueideh on Twitter said Apple has reconsidered its rejection and has decided to publish "Liyla" as a game.
Would this reconsideration also be seen for "Poopdie?" Only time—and possibly the demands from fans—will tell.
|PewDiePie and Bulbware's second collaboration isn't the first game to be banned for not complying with Apple's guidelines. As stated, a version of "The Binding of Isaac" was also banned in 2016 as well as Palestinian game "Liyla and the Shadows of War" / Photo by: Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons|