We can't say we are entirely surprised, but today Mirage Lab's Riccardo Tognin let us know that their Hill Billy game has been rejected from the App Store. The game was an impressive (but strange) first person shooter that was submitted back in February.

The game, of course, was rejected due to an inappropriate game advisory rating because of its content. The video of the game does show a significant amount of gore during gameplay.

Rest assured, however, that Mirage Labs is reworking the game to make it more suitable for the App Store and will be resubmitted, hopefully, in the next few days.

  • Big Albie

    I guess we wait for a version with green blood.

  • Big Albie

    I guess we wait for a version with green blood.

  • Dashzed

    Well what's wrong with a little gore? Hope it gets through pretty soon, we ceetainly need more fps games.

  • Dashzed

    Well what's wrong with a little gore? Hope it gets through pretty soon, we ceetainly need more fps games.

  • spiffyone

    Y'know what's funny?

    If this were 2D...Apple probably wouldn't have rejected it. Look at Zombieville USA. When you think about it, that game has tons of more gore than this one...but this one is 3D. In first person.

    Yet...can we really call this "realistic"? I mean...honestly.

    Seriously Apple. C'mon....

  • spiffyone

    Y'know what's funny?

    If this were 2D...Apple probably wouldn't have rejected it. Look at Zombieville USA. When you think about it, that game has tons of more gore than this one...but this one is 3D. In first person.

    Yet...can we really call this "realistic"? I mean...honestly.

    Seriously Apple. C'mon....

  • spiffyone

    BTW, I guarantee you that if this were a game "published" by EA or Sega, Apple wouldn't have rejected it based on "excessive gore".

    Just sayin'....

  • spiffyone

    BTW, I guarantee you that if this were a game "published" by EA or Sega, Apple wouldn't have rejected it based on "excessive gore".

    Just sayin'....

  • gogogirl

    So rejected for "inappropriate game advisory rating", then if they changed the advisory rating, would it then be approved without changing much of the content?

  • gogogirl

    So rejected for "inappropriate game advisory rating", then if they changed the advisory rating, would it then be approved without changing much of the content?

  • macgeo

    Wouldnt call that "lifelike violence" does Apple follow ESRB or is it more arbitrary? Game looks hilarious BTW good luck

  • macgeo

    Wouldnt call that "lifelike violence" does Apple follow ESRB or is it more arbitrary? Game looks hilarious BTW good luck

  • stevearm

    Game looks rubbish and the trailer was zzzzzzzz

  • stevearm

    Game looks rubbish and the trailer was zzzzzzzz

  • MrDiscipleFIN

    Apple makes it sure that you don´t bleed between farting.
    gore games 0, fart apps 8000.

  • MrDiscipleFIN

    Apple makes it sure that you don´t bleed between farting.
    gore games 0, fart apps 8000.

  • Adams Immersive

    "So rejected for “inappropriate game advisory rating”, then if they changed the advisory rating, would it then be approved without changing much of the content?"

    My thought exactly: don't change the game, change the rating!

    But maybe, as with movies, they want to sell to the largest audience, so a younger rating is useful.

  • Adams Immersive

    "So rejected for “inappropriate game advisory rating”, then if they changed the advisory rating, would it then be approved without changing much of the content?"

    My thought exactly: don't change the game, change the rating!

    But maybe, as with movies, they want to sell to the largest audience, so a younger rating is useful.

  • http://www.ianhoar.com Ian

    Would be nice to have more details of why it was rejected. I really hope this won't be the norm, I hate being censored because younger people might play a game that their parents should not allow them to play if they think it has objectionable content. Why does everyone else have to be the nanny?

  • http://www.ianhoar.com Ian

    Would be nice to have more details of why it was rejected. I really hope this won't be the norm, I hate being censored because younger people might play a game that their parents should not allow them to play if they think it has objectionable content. Why does everyone else have to be the nanny?

  • http://Inginious.BlogSpot.com Inginious

    Reminds me of an old pc game Armadillo something...weird!

  • http://Inginious.BlogSpot.com Inginious

    Reminds me of an old pc game Armadillo something...weird!

  • Nate

    Upload this in Cydia Store. And give it it's original gore!

  • Nate

    Upload this in Cydia Store. And give it it's original gore!

  • wintermute

    yes, please sell this in the Cydia store. I'm sure Saurik would be down, they are just working out the payment system currently.

  • wintermute

    yes, please sell this in the Cydia store. I'm sure Saurik would be down, they are just working out the payment system currently.

  • Coral

    I am just glad they are resubmitting it. I can't wait for this game to come out, even if it has green blood.

  • Coral

    I am just glad they are resubmitting it. I can't wait for this game to come out, even if it has green blood.

  • Brazilian Rider

    Anyone else think they should release this game on the appstore without gore and then add a gore patch on Cydia?

  • Brazilian Rider

    Anyone else think they should release this game on the appstore without gore and then add a gore patch on Cydia?

  • FlyingToasterz

    now we gotta wait for them to cut out all the good stuff so apple can accept it

  • FlyingToasterz

    now we gotta wait for them to cut out all the good stuff so apple can accept it

  • TimothyB

    I don't understand, I thought they don't look at content in apps from what we've seen in the past. Usually check for software issues and bugs? So why do games pretty much get so much attention? Yet another app that literally claims to do "Nothing" be released and charged without raising any flags for usefulness, no different than $999 rich app or something, yet this gets rejected? What rating do games like MGS and Shooter get when you are sniping people in the heads?

  • TimothyB

    I don't understand, I thought they don't look at content in apps from what we've seen in the past. Usually check for software issues and bugs? So why do games pretty much get so much attention? Yet another app that literally claims to do "Nothing" be released and charged without raising any flags for usefulness, no different than $999 rich app or something, yet this gets rejected? What rating do games like MGS and Shooter get when you are sniping people in the heads?

  • Greg

    If Apple wants the iPhone to truly succeed as a gaming platform, inevitably they have to accept that gamers are entitled to adult content. They sell/rent R rated movies and explicit music. To censor apps seems counter intuitive.

  • Greg

    If Apple wants the iPhone to truly succeed as a gaming platform, inevitably they have to accept that gamers are entitled to adult content. They sell/rent R rated movies and explicit music. To censor apps seems counter intuitive.

  • NOOOO

    OMG if green blood is put in ill kill someone!!!!!!!!!!

  • NOOOO

    OMG if green blood is put in ill kill someone!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ian S.

    If Apple is really concerned about content, they should filter age through iTunes, so 17+ users could get "M" esque rated games such as this one or worse, while the developers get to publish their original work in their fine forms. Everyone wins... Its just like nightclubs and music venues that utilized the initial "straight edge" x's on peoples hands to allow minors to see bands, but not be able to drink. Some still are 21+, but some now are 18+ and use stamps on underage. App store Nazi's, that's what they ought to be called.

  • Ian S.

    If Apple is really concerned about content, they should filter age through iTunes, so 17+ users could get "M" esque rated games such as this one or worse, while the developers get to publish their original work in their fine forms. Everyone wins... Its just like nightclubs and music venues that utilized the initial "straight edge" x's on peoples hands to allow minors to see bands, but not be able to drink. Some still are 21+, but some now are 18+ and use stamps on underage. App store Nazi's, that's what they ought to be called.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    rejected for what? the carrot is too gory?

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    rejected for what? the carrot is too gory?

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    Ewww...it's all over the screen :P

    "Ze googles...zey do...NUZZINNNNG!!!"

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    Ewww...it's all over the screen :P

    "Ze googles...zey do...NUZZINNNNG!!!"

  • jimmychoo

    really? too gory? It's clearly animated! Well, can't wait for this game to be released!

  • jimmychoo

    really? too gory? It's clearly animated! Well, can't wait for this game to be released!