The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has been rejected from the iOS App Store for its alleged depiction of cruelty to children. Tyrone Rodriguez, Binding of Isaac producer and founder of the game’s publisher Nicalis, released a tweet yesterday containing Apple’s rejection notice, reading:
C'mon, wtf… Apple pic.twitter.com/aEygkjqH2b
— Tyrone Rodriguez (@tyronerodriguez) February 7, 2016
“Your app contains content or features that depict violence towards, or abuse of, children, which is not allowed on the App Store” claimed Apple in the rejection notice (via. GameSpot). Although an iOS version had not been officially announced, Isaac creator and Super Meat Boy designer Edmund McMillen, released a blog post claiming he’d been looking into it.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a rendition of 2011’s dark basement adventure The Binding of Isaac, and Apple isn’t the first to object to its release. According to McMillen, Nintendo refused to bring Isaac to the 3DS because of its “questionable religious content.” Ultimately, however, the game was released uncensored for Wii U and 3DS in July 2015, along with an Xbox One version. The game was rated ‘M for Mature’ on both platforms.
In The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, players take on the role of a small child, sprawling through roguelike dungeons to escape his mother’s intentions to sacrifice him, after hearing the voice of God.