Today I got a solemn call from our reviewer who told me that HPT would not be allowed on the app store, even with a 17+ rating.
The reason given was that “the concept was not something that Apple wants to go forward with.”
I knew I was taking a chance with building the game natively but I was optimistic, as our app was created with a mission and with the best of intentions. The reviewer herself sounded sympathetic, but it seemed like it wasn’t something she could control. A few minutes after the call, I got the rejection email in my inbox.
Just so everyone is clear about the rejection, It’s not a technical issue. It’s content.
I considered creating a petition to let us in, but as far as I know, Apple tends to be pretty steadfast in their choices to accept or reject something, even with a large supporter group.
Ultimately, my feeling is that it would be a waste of energy to argue with them.
Development for a web-based browser version has already begun. Please bear with us, as we’re still working hard to get this app in your hands!
Feel free to ping me with any questions, I’ll answer to the best of my ability.