News Roundup: Apple Bans Hugely Controversial New Game, More

Welcome to iFanzine’s new Weekly News Roundup, where we take a quick look at the most interesting Apple and iOS gaming-related stories of the week. Today’s installment includes: the banning of a hugely controversial upcoming iOS game by Apple, fresh rumors about the iPhone 8, a couple of Game of Thrones stars doing Carpool Karaoke, and more!

‘Abortion Simulator’ Rejected by Apple

Not long after its announcement caused a storm of controversy, Kierun Studios’ Abortion Simulator has been rejected by Apple for sale on the App Store. The swift rebuff is undoubtedly due to the game being in flagrant breach of various App Store review guidelines. A spokesperson from Kierun Studios had this to say at the link below: “Rejection emails came through…this app is officially aborted.”

[Touch Arcade Forums]

iPhone 8 Might Come in a New Color

The iPhone 8 leaks just keep coming. The latest rumor doing the rounds is that the hotly anticipated handset will be available in an all-new color when it releases later this year. What kind of catchy, luxurious-sounding marketing name will Apple give the coppery shade of gold shown above, you ask? Well, apparently they’re thinking of going with “Blush Gold.” What do you guys think? Dig it or no?


‘The Girl Who Sold the World’ Is out Now

Lyorah Studios’ stunningly unique audio-driven adventure game The Girl Who Sold the World finally hit the App Store earlier this week. And like the tweet above says, it’s totally free to download until today, August 18. Shameless plug: If you haven’t done so already, you should most definitely check out our in-depth interview with Barbara and Art Gruszczyk, the amazing husband and wife team behind the game.


‘Super Phantom Cat 2’ Is Also out Now

Super Phantom Cat 2, the sequel to one of iOS’s all-time greatest platformers, also pounced onto the App Store this week. The critical reception to the game has been pretty decent so far, with Pocket Gamer giving it a bronze award and calling it a “solid mobile platformer.” It should be noted, however, that some fans are disappointed that SPC2 is free-to-play, unlike its premium predecessor.

[Pocket Gamer]

Winter ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Is Coming

Apple just put out a new ad for an upcoming episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, which features Game of Thrones actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams (aka Sansa and Arya Stark). If you’re a fan of GoT, it’s well worth a watch. According to the link below, the full episode is set to air on Apple Music on Tuesday, August 22.