We recently reported that the popular iPhone puzzler Aurora Feint [Free, App Store] was pulled from the iTunes App Store over concerns of user data storage.

We're happy to report that Jason Citron has posted a release indicating that the issues have been cleared up with Apple and an updated version (v1.0.0.1) is now available for download.

I spoke with Apple today. It turns out there was a miscommunication on both ends and it caused this whole process to take a lot longer than it should have. We sorted out the privacy issues with Apple. The update contains all sorts of security measures to keep your data safe. And even better, we're back with their endorsement. We're up on the "What We're Playing" section of the Games page on iTunes!

What's more, the update contains many bug fixes, security features, and new gameplay content.

Privacy and Security

  • Visible notification BEFORE participating in the opt-in community feature.
  • All network communication is now securely encrypted using https
  • No data from your contact list is saved on your phone's hard drive

New Features

  • Additional puzzle pack added (More essence levels)
  • New introduction cinematic
  • Cooler category names for characters
  • Reset community information (Opt-Out after Opting-in)
  • Reset characters levels so you can restart game progress
  • Rename character and change class
  • Added a few additional tutorials in game

For a complete list of changes and bugfixes, see the group's release.

  • http://cybersurge.org Michael

    I never had Aurora Feint on my iPhone but now that it's back I'm going to have to try it out. It's pretty weird how this whole thing went down and it was even stranger that Apple is able to pull apps the way they are, taking it from the App Store is one thing but being able to pull it form users iPhones is crazy.

  • http://cybersurge.org Michael

    I never had Aurora Feint on my iPhone but now that it's back I'm going to have to try it out. It's pretty weird how this whole thing went down and it was even stranger that Apple is able to pull apps the way they are, taking it from the App Store is one thing but being able to pull it form users iPhones is crazy.

  • Elie

    They were not able to pull the app from your iphone, only from the appstore.

  • Elie

    They were not able to pull the app from your iphone, only from the appstore.

  • arn

    They didn't pull it from people's phones.... but I'm pretty sure they are able to deactivate applications on peoples phones. That was one of the advantages of their system. If there is a rogue application, they theoretically could deactivate it.

  • arn

    They didn't pull it from people's phones.... but I'm pretty sure they are able to deactivate applications on peoples phones. That was one of the advantages of their system. If there is a rogue application, they theoretically could deactivate it.

  • Nag

    Yeah, they'd have to do some sort of OS update to the phone to be able to remove apps from it.

    Anyway, nice that it is back on the store.

  • Nag

    Yeah, they'd have to do some sort of OS update to the phone to be able to remove apps from it.

    Anyway, nice that it is back on the store.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @Nag: I believe that capability may well be part of the current OS.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @Nag: I believe that capability may well be part of the current OS.

  • GQB

    re: 'security and privacy' bullet point #3...

    um, I don't think there's a 'hard drive' on the iPhone.

  • GQB

    re: 'security and privacy' bullet point #3...

    um, I don't think there's a 'hard drive' on the iPhone.

  • http://mattplays.com/ Matt Burris

    GQB: However, saying iPhone's flash memory would only confuse people. The mainstream associate hard drive with storage.

  • http://mattplays.com/ Matt Burris

    GQB: However, saying iPhone's flash memory would only confuse people. The mainstream associate hard drive with storage.

  • DN7335

    Minor quibble but the developer should learn how to version his software correctly. New functionality plus bug fixes is more that a .0.0.1 increase. I would think this would be version 1.1.0.0 at the least, following the major.minor.revision.build versioning schema.

  • DN7335

    Minor quibble but the developer should learn how to version his software correctly. New functionality plus bug fixes is more that a .0.0.1 increase. I would think this would be version 1.1.0.0 at the least, following the major.minor.revision.build versioning schema.

  • sean

    Sorry but i cant trust that game enough to run it on my iPhone (where my contacts are stored), i guess i will have to use it on my Touch.

    I really do hope Apple improve security on the iPhone by protecting your contents from third party apps.

  • sean

    Sorry but i cant trust that game enough to run it on my iPhone (where my contacts are stored), i guess i will have to use it on my Touch.

    I really do hope Apple improve security on the iPhone by protecting your contents from third party apps.

  • oracle_ab

    Absolutely no reason you can't use it on your iPhone. If anything, wait for the coming update next week that should change the way the Community feature works.

  • oracle_ab

    Absolutely no reason you can't use it on your iPhone. If anything, wait for the coming update next week that should change the way the Community feature works.

  • http://scottj.info/ Scott Johnson

    My favorite iPhone game just got better! Yay!

  • http://scottj.info/ Scott Johnson

    My favorite iPhone game just got better! Yay!

  • http://sbrownblog.blogspot.com/ atxcats

    Aurora Feint came out with another update today (August 9) -- it had been really buggy lately -- the game would freeze if one tool came up directly under another tool, and you couldn't always access your magicbooks in the tower or your blueprints in the smith, and this seems to have fixed those problems. I've played it for an hour now, and have had no freezes or other problems, which is a first with this game.

    For a free game, this is amazing.

    Also, this site is a great resource -- the video examples are great, and I've actually downloaded a couple of apps (FireDrop & Radius, for example) that I wouldn't have otherwise, since I had no idea what they looked like or what they did. Thank you!

  • http://sbrownblog.blogspot.com/ atxcats

    Aurora Feint came out with another update today (August 9) -- it had been really buggy lately -- the game would freeze if one tool came up directly under another tool, and you couldn't always access your magicbooks in the tower or your blueprints in the smith, and this seems to have fixed those problems. I've played it for an hour now, and have had no freezes or other problems, which is a first with this game.

    For a free game, this is amazing.

    Also, this site is a great resource -- the video examples are great, and I've actually downloaded a couple of apps (FireDrop & Radius, for example) that I wouldn't have otherwise, since I had no idea what they looked like or what they did. Thank you!