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App rejected - App concept objectionable, how to fix?

08-24-2011, 04:46 PM
#1
App rejected - App concept objectionable, how to fix?

"We found that your app contains content that many audiences would find objectionable, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.

Specifically, we noticed your app concept is objectionable." by Apple.

Our game is a left right slashing defense game where u defend your "business" against poo and enemies, but it seems like Apple didn't like the concept.

This is our first game and we are very confused with the "concept objectionable" comment given by Apple, we checked there are quite an amount of games using poo as the theme and they are on the store with a 9+ rating, I resubmitted it and there is no news so far, anyone got any ideas?
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08-24-2011, 04:52 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parogames View Post
"We found that your app contains content that many audiences would find objectionable, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.

Specifically, we noticed your app concept is objectionable." by Apple.

Our game is a left right slashing defense game where u defend your "business" against poo and enemies, but it seems like Apple didn't like the concept.

This is our first game and we are very confused with the "concept objectionable" comment given by Apple, we checked there are quite an amount of games using poo as the theme and they are on the store with a 9+ rating, I resubmitted it and there is no news so far, anyone got any ideas?
uhhh, slashing poo...

Since you say there's other games with the same theme, i guess it might depend on the reviewer.

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08-24-2011, 05:30 PM
#3
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 487
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpang View Post
uhhh, slashing poo...

Since you say there's other games with the same theme, i guess it might depend on the reviewer.
They are 2 possibilities

1- The reviewer didn't like your game and use the "poo" excuse. And I will be ok with the reviewer if the App Store was perfectly clean but it's not (see my thread "behind the App Store"

2- You're game is really good but scared about the idea that your "poo" game could arrived in the top 10


My suggestion, don't use "poo"

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08-24-2011, 05:48 PM
#4
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Could it be about what they are wondering your "business" refers to? Why the quotes?

Color the poo white and call it Shaving Cream or froyo and you're all set.


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08-24-2011, 07:17 PM
#5
It seems like the only way is to fix the 'poo'...
08-24-2011, 07:21 PM
#6
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: San Francisco
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That's weird because I know for a fact that Sushi Boy has falling poo as an obstacle to avoid and that game wasn't rejected by Apple
08-24-2011, 07:39 PM
#7
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Posts: 32
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Originally Posted by AOR View Post
That's weird because I know for a fact that Sushi Boy has falling poo as an obstacle to avoid and that game wasn't rejected by Apple
Probably because it's not the main thing you see all the time and you're not supposed to slash it. So it would be more of just a thing in the game.

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08-24-2011, 11:35 PM
#8
I agree with jpang. They specifically say the CONCEPT is objectionable, not just an instance of poo which might be encountered during the game.
08-25-2011, 05:59 AM
#9
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 286
It may well be the poo thing, bit bear in mind that you game is reviewed by people and not a computer.

So what one person rejects may be let through by another. Have you tried simple resubmitting it?

I'd give that a go, and if that fails then change the concept.
08-25-2011, 07:33 AM
#10
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,006
Of course it is the poo thing. The game is already flagged as objectionable, so simply resubmitting it is unlikely to get it through. I would suggest the following: remove any text reference to "poo" and say it is ice cream instead. You could even add a flavor picker allowing strawberry, chocolate, vanilla. Keep in mind also that for "objectionable content" screenshots are more likely to get noticed that infant content. You can use less suggestive screenshots then switch it up later after it is approved.