Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
Publisher: Disney Mobile Studios
Genre: Casual, Simulation
The reasoning behind the removal is said to have been due to Disney and Lucasfilm wanting to focus on other Star Wars titles, with developer Nimblebit rather worryingly not alerted to this decision until after the game was gone.
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
Genre: Retro, Shooter
The genius of the game was how it evolved as you played it, from wireframe blockiness to free-wheeling blaster. A lack of post-iOS 11 updates finally did it in.
Genre: Action, Arcade
A goreless version of the game titled Kawaii Killer Plushy Edition subsequently surfaced on the App Store, replacing cartoon animals with cartoon plush toys. Humbug!
A similar thing happened to immigration game Smuggle Truck, which was banned until Owlchemy Labs reinvented it as the more wholesome Snuggle Truck.
Sword & Poker 2
Genre: Card/board game, RPG
It had you fighting turn-based RPG battles against angry mushrooms and evil gnomes using nothing but Poker hands. Sadly, the iOS 11 Appocalypse and a now-defunct developer put paid to all that.
Weed Firm’s loose morals led to it being hastily removed by Apple, though not before becoming the top free game.
Genre: Line-drawing, Racing
It was a racing game, but one where you sketched out a racing line for your little rally cars to follow. RedLynx is still around – albeit now owned by Ubisoft – so we retain the faintest hope of a DrawRace 3.
Assassin’s Creed Recollection
Genre: Card/board game
Anyone who still has the app will have to sink a whole lot of hours in to complete their sets. Everyone else will have to make do with the surprisingly decent Assassin’s Creed: Rebellion.
As you might expect, this resulted in virtual boyfriends spurting out all manner of filthy remarks to unwitting players. While it proved humourous to many, it probably wasn’t quite so much fun for concerned parents. Won’t someone please think of the children!?
Publisher: Channel 4
Genre: Strategy, Tower defence
Despite its obvious intention of being a thought-provoking satire, the nature and setting of the game proved too much for Apple, who was “uncomfortable selling a game based around the theme of running a sweatshop.”
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Publisher: Crescent Moon Games
It was an ingenious system, and one we can’t quite believe hasn’t been copied more often.
Genre: Action, Arcade, Fighting, Film/TV tie-in, Retro
Konami’s other retro iOS brawler, The Simpsons, was delisted at the same time, making the Disney conspiracy theory slightly less plausible. “Welcome to DIE,” indeed Magneto.
To get this working on an iPhone, it makes use of the open source MAME4iOS emulator. With a little jiggery pokery, any ROM image compatible with the included version of MAME was able to run.
For a brief while, everyone could run arcade games on their iPad. Apple promptly pulled the game from its virtual shelves.
Rather, it was a block-sliding puzzler of uncommon quality and originality.
Publisher: .GEARS Studios
Genre: Arcade, Casual
Many still wonder why such a successful app was removed from the store. Vietnamese tax issues? Nintendo copyright claims? Harassment? Nguyen stated it was down to the game being “an addictive product.” He has since released a Fire TV-exclusive multiplayer version.