Yesterday, developer Molleindustria released Phone Story on the App Store, a game that highlights various negative aspects behind smart phone production and distribution. Just hours after Phone Story hit the App Store, Apple removed the game, stating that it violates several App Store review guidelines.
So what exactly is Phone Story? It’s a minigame collection that, according to the developer’s website, “represents [the smart phone supply chain] process with four educational games that make the player symbolically complicit in coltan extraction in Congo, outsourced labor in China, e-waste in Pakistan and gadget consumerism in the West.” Molleindustria says they will donate all proceeds to “organizations that are fighting corporate abuses.”
Apple told Molleindustria it removed the game because it violates the following guidelines: “15.2 Apps that depict violence or abuse of children,” “16.1 Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content,” “21.1 Apps that include the ability to make donations to recognized charitable organizations must be free,” and “21.2 The collection of donations must be done via a web site in Safari or an SMS.”
Molleindustria is considering releasing the game for jailbroken iOS devices, or submitting a revamped version of the game. Phone Story is still available on the Android market. For more information about Molleindustria and Phone Story, see their website and Twitter feed.