The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth as been rejected by Apple due to its depiction of violence and abuse towards children according to founder of Nicalis Tyrone Rodriguez.
Rodriguez tweeted an image of the rejection notice from Apple which stated,
“Your app contains content or features that depict violence towards, or abuse of, children, which is not allowed on the App Store,”
C'mon, wtf… Apple pic.twitter.com/aEygkjqH2b
— Tyrone Rodriguez (@tyronerodriguez) February 7, 2016
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a 2D rogue-like, in which players control a child who has escaped his brainwashed mother who wants to sacrifice him to God. The game art, like that seen above, shows poor Isaac huddled up crying and surrounded by monsters. The game, developed by the maker of Super Meat Boy, Ed McMillen is an updated version of the 2011 flash game. It recently received some DLC in October named Afterbirth (gross, I know) and has generally seen very positive reviews. It’s not the first time it’s been met with problems however, as Nintendo wouldn’t allow the game on it’s 3DS due to “questionable religious content.” This decision was later reversed.
The Binding of Isaac now has a home on Steam, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One and PSN but this is the first we’ve heard of an ios version. It’s possible that Apple will change their minds as a similar issue was presented when Papers Please tried to launch on the app store. The game was rejected due to nudity. Later Apple said this was a mistake on their part and allowed an uncensored version of the game on the the app store.
Here’s hoping the Apple users get to experience Binding of Isaac soon. It’s one of my favourite games, even though the latest greed mode had me tearing my hair out for a while.