Wired reports that Apple has removed the satirical game Phone Story from its App Store , supposedly for violating several of the iOS rules for app creation, but more likely because it shows the seedy side of what goes into the manufacturing of everyone’s favorite gadget.
The game was created by independent developer Molleindustria , a subversive developer that uses games to teach lessons about social issues such as consumerism and environmental damage. Phone Story has the player follow an iPhone’s development from Congolese mines, FoxConn factories, and planned obselescence.
Molleindustria states that their game apparently violated four rules, including depictions of child abuse, objectionable or crude content, and promises to turn over a portion of the money to charity. Molleindustria responded with a tongue-in-cheek statement that they were considering “a new version of Phone Story that depicts the violence and abuse of children involved in the electronic manufacturing supply chain in a non-crude and non-objectionable way.”
If you have an Android device, however, you can get the game on the Android Marketplace .