Apple has removed another socially-conscious game from its App Store.
Sweatshop HD, a tower defence-style iPad game that according to its blurb "challenged people to think about the origin of the clothes we buy", was removed by Apple due to its satirical content.
The game had players put together a production line to churn out designer shoes and baseball caps for brands like "CryMark", using underage labourers in poor working conditions to keep costs down.
Developer Littleloud’s Simon Parkin told Pocket Gamer Sweatshop HD was removed because Apple was "uncomfortable selling a game based around the theme of running a sweatshop".
"Apple specifically cited references in the game to clothing factory managers 'blocking fire escapes', 'increasing work hours for labour', and issues around the child labour as reasons why the game was unsuitable for sale," he said.
"Littleloud amended the app to clarify that Sweatshop is a work of fiction and was created with the fact-checking input of charity Labour Behind the Label, and to emphasise that the game doesn't force players to play the game in one way or another.
“Rather, Sweatshop is a sympathetic examination of the pressures that all participants in the sweatshop system endure."
These clarifications and changes weren't enough to see the game reinstated for sale. However, a free Flash version of the game is still available.
This is not the first time Apple has taken such measures against such a game.
In late 2011, the company removed a satirical game about smartphone production from its App Store, and more recently banned Permanent Save State, a game centred on "the spiritual afterlife" of overworked electronics labourers who had committed suicide, as well as satirical border crossing game Smuggle Truck, and civil war strategy game Endgame: Syria.
The App Store developer guidelines state that Apple "view apps different [sic] than books or songs, which we do not curate. If you want to criticise a religion, write a book. If you want to describe sex, write a book or a song, or create a medical app."