Apple rejects The Binding of Isaac over violence towards children

Apple has officially knocked back the iOS release of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, citing issues with the indie game’s depiction of violence towards children. The Rogue-like was first released on Windows PC in 2011, and has since popped up on both Linux and OS X, but it’s apparently considered inappropriate for the App Store.

The official word from Apple

The official word from Apple

Tyrone Rodriguez, founder of Binding of Isaac publisher Nicalis, was eloquent in his thoughts on the matter:

C’mon, wtf… Apple

The Binding of Isaac is inspired by a Biblical story. In the game, Isaac’s mother has been given a message from God, demanding the life of her son as proof of her faith. Isaac hides in the basement (which is full of monsters), and must fight to survive. It was given a 16+ age rating in Germany due to “potentially blasphemous content”, but has otherwise been released around the world to great acclaim from both fans and critics.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth playable on an iPad

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth playable on an iPad

Three years ago, creator Edmund McMillen commented that the studio was “looking into” an iOS version of the game, “if it’s not garbage“, but this is the first we’ve heard about the indie smash coming to smartphones.

…now that we know the game’s been worked on (and presumably “completed”), will it be snatched away before we get a chance to play it?

Rodriguez is trying to contact someone at Apple to discuss the future of the project, but he claims he was “directed to use [the] generic content form” rather than talk to a human.

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