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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Apple Bans Immigrant-Smuggling Game (Video)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

There is a big difference between smuggling and snuggling illegal immigrants
  • There is a big difference between smuggling and snuggling illegal immigrants

With all of the recent ire over controversial smartphone apps, including dogfighting games and apps meant to cure gays, the average iPhone user has probably started to wonder: are there any apps that are too offensive to make it into the hands of consumers?

Low and behold, there's at least one.

Apple told reporters today that it's rejected the offensive iPhone immigrant-smuggling game called Smuggle Truck, where players navigate a truck filled with immigrants across a desert. The point is to get the immigrants across without losing any on the bumpy ride. At the end of the game, whoever has the most immigrants on th bed of their truck wins.

Naturally, this has riled the immigrant-rights community, which called the game completely "disgraceful."

And because of this, Apple refused to even allow the game to make it into the store. To get around Apple's censors, the game developer, Alex Schwartz of Owlchemy Labs, reportedly swapped the immigrants out for soft, fuzzy critters, and changed the name of the app to Snuggle Truck.

"Snuggle Truck will feature a group of cuddly creatures escaping the

wilderness for the comfort of the zoo, where they are provided plenty of

food, shelter, and state of the art health care," the developers said.

Check out the game.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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