t_shot2With the number of games that we preview here at TouchArcade, it's natural for people to wonder about the status about some of the upcoming games we've covered in the past. Unfortunately, Apple's approval process remains unpredictable, leading to longer wait times than expected.

Here are a few updates on games and updates we've hinted at before.

  • Doom Classic - Likely the game that we've received the most inquiries about. We contacted John Carmack about it, and he said that he has a couple of days work remaining and that he's planning going to finish it up this month. So, not yet submitted, but hopefully coming soon.
  • Minigore [$0.99] - The long awaited Minigore content update has been rejected by Apple. Sadly, this means those waiting for the next Minigore update are going to have to wait an entire approval cycle again, though it seems the developers are planning on folding in additional updates to the new submission.
  • Underworlds [$2.99] - Chapter 2 remains in development, and aside from all new content, the game has seen some extensive interface changes that look like they'll address any issues people may have had with it.
  • Aera - The much anticipated 2.5D propeller-powered flight simulator has been submitted to Apple. New screenshots have been posted along with the original trailer.
  • Duke Nuke'em [$2.99] - The update that addresses the issues with the analog control system was submitted to Apple August 13th but remains in approval limbo.
  • Seishu

    I can't wait for Doom Classic and the Minigore update.
    As for Underworlds, OneEye said that they we're getting ready to submit it today (or tomorrow).

  • Seishu

    I can't wait for Doom Classic and the Minigore update.
    As for Underworlds, OneEye said that they we're getting ready to submit it today (or tomorrow).

  • Hitch

    Come on DOOM Classic! It was supposed to be ready... BEFORE THIS SUMMER! Oh well I guess. Gameloft and chillingo will just take over the app store before it comes out.
    BTW, I think with DOOM classic they should upgrade the graphics like they did with Wolfenstein RPG. Just improve graphics while keepin game the same. Can't wait though. :D

  • Hitch

    Come on DOOM Classic! It was supposed to be ready... BEFORE THIS SUMMER! Oh well I guess. Gameloft and chillingo will just take over the app store before it comes out.
    BTW, I think with DOOM classic they should upgrade the graphics like they did with Wolfenstein RPG. Just improve graphics while keepin game the same. Can't wait though. :D

  • Coconutbowling

    Not Minigore. Noooooooo!

  • Coconutbowling

    Not Minigore. Noooooooo!

  • Vicente Ragal

    Still waiting for Star Hogs and The Deep/Wild West Pinball updates... It's been like a month already.

  • Vicente Ragal

    Still waiting for Star Hogs and The Deep/Wild West Pinball updates... It's been like a month already.

  • jc

    Doom finishing this month is great cuz some of my most memorable moments playing doom as a kid were during fall months. As for minigore and duke3d, typical app store lameness, i guess when you have a monopoly you can do whatever the hell you want.

  • jc

    Doom finishing this month is great cuz some of my most memorable moments playing doom as a kid were during fall months. As for minigore and duke3d, typical app store lameness, i guess when you have a monopoly you can do whatever the hell you want.

  • Carlos-Sz

    I'd like to know about Unify.

    • http://apps.stfj.net Zach Gage

      I got a note a few days ago from apple about unify.

      They have a new policy where you submit keywords to go with your app to aid in searches, but unfortunately, they take these keywords very seriously and don't publish any rules on what is or is not allowed to be a keyword.

      one of my keywords was 'block drop' and it turns out block drop is a game on the app store, and it's not ok to reference an existing game in one of your keywords.... so they rejected it, after 27 days.

      anyway, I removed the offending keyword and resubmitted. this whole process has been pretty ridiculous but I guess in some ways its nice to know that even the big guys are having trouble with apple's review process.. hopefully they get on fixing this crazy system.

      To everyone who's excited about Unify, I'm so sorry about the wait! I'm hoping it will have no other problems and will be released soon!

      • 5duc29

        That sucks. Can't wait for it though, been searching the appstore a few times a day...

        Doom Classic will be a classic on the the iphone :p

      • 5duc29

        -Unify

      • http://www.bluesolarsoftware.com Blue Solar

        Our game is actually called "Blocks Drop". Ironically, we had to take it off the app store due to a legal issue, but we resubmitted it two weeks ago. Hopefully it'll get approved soon.

      • jon

        I guess there's a lesson there— research your keywords. Sorry to hear about the rejection, though this one is understandable on Apple's part.

      • http://apps.stfj.net Zach Gage

        @Blue Solar - there's another game just called 'block drop' :/
        @jon - yeah I agree. I think it would just be nice for them to publish the restrictions on keywords, or just remove the offending ones rather than rejecting the whole app. It's cool though, i just hope it comes out soon :)

      • Carlos-Sz

        Thanks Zach. I hope Apple does not take another 27 days.

  • Carlos-Sz

    I'd like to know about Unify.

    • http://apps.stfj.net Zach Gage

      I got a note a few days ago from apple about unify.

      They have a new policy where you submit keywords to go with your app to aid in searches, but unfortunately, they take these keywords very seriously and don't publish any rules on what is or is not allowed to be a keyword.

      one of my keywords was 'block drop' and it turns out block drop is a game on the app store, and it's not ok to reference an existing game in one of your keywords.... so they rejected it, after 27 days.

      anyway, I removed the offending keyword and resubmitted. this whole process has been pretty ridiculous but I guess in some ways its nice to know that even the big guys are having trouble with apple's review process.. hopefully they get on fixing this crazy system.

      To everyone who's excited about Unify, I'm so sorry about the wait! I'm hoping it will have no other problems and will be released soon!

      • 5duc29

        That sucks. Can't wait for it though, been searching the appstore a few times a day...

        Doom Classic will be a classic on the the iphone :p

      • 5duc29

        -Unify

      • http://www.bluesolarsoftware.com Blue Solar

        Our game is actually called "Blocks Drop". Ironically, we had to take it off the app store due to a legal issue, but we resubmitted it two weeks ago. Hopefully it'll get approved soon.

      • jon

        I guess there's a lesson there— research your keywords. Sorry to hear about the rejection, though this one is understandable on Apple's part.

      • http://apps.stfj.net Zach Gage

        @Blue Solar - there's another game just called 'block drop' :/
        @jon - yeah I agree. I think it would just be nice for them to publish the restrictions on keywords, or just remove the offending ones rather than rejecting the whole app. It's cool though, i just hope it comes out soon :)

      • Carlos-Sz

        Thanks Zach. I hope Apple does not take another 27 days.

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh H.

    I hope the update for Duke3D hits real soon so it can hold me over until Doom Classic!

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh H.

    I hope the update for Duke3D hits real soon so it can hold me over until Doom Classic!

  • mrkgoo

    When I saw the news story, my heart skipped a beat, because for a brief moment, I thought Doom Classic was out.

  • mrkgoo

    When I saw the news story, my heart skipped a beat, because for a brief moment, I thought Doom Classic was out.

  • Dreezix

    There's a recession going on, and Apple is raking in millions.

    Maybe they could afford to hire a dozen or two more employees to streamline the approval process. Right now it simply isn't working, and is hell on developers as well as customers.

  • Dreezix

    There's a recession going on, and Apple is raking in millions.

    Maybe they could afford to hire a dozen or two more employees to streamline the approval process. Right now it simply isn't working, and is hell on developers as well as customers.

  • Fillem

    Apple's review/approval process is getting ridiculous. As a developer, having to wait a month with no word from Apple is just, rude.

  • Fillem

    Apple's review/approval process is getting ridiculous. As a developer, having to wait a month with no word from Apple is just, rude.

  • http://www.mooedia.co.uk Tomchap

    Dreezix: Hit the nail on the head me thinks!

    I love the whole iPhone app store explosion, all these great games, apps, utilities but apple really do need to sort themselves out. They are missing a trick.

    The sooner apps are approved and out there, the sooner the customer is spending money!!!!! Its a win win situation! :)

    Fingers crossed for Doom Classic. Its gonna rock! (oh and also looking forward to the Duke Nukem 3D update, altho I can actually use the game as it is. Just means thinking a bit about using the controls but its not to bad when you get used to it - altho I do agree it could be better!)

  • http://www.mooedia.co.uk Tomchap

    Dreezix: Hit the nail on the head me thinks!

    I love the whole iPhone app store explosion, all these great games, apps, utilities but apple really do need to sort themselves out. They are missing a trick.

    The sooner apps are approved and out there, the sooner the customer is spending money!!!!! Its a win win situation! :)

    Fingers crossed for Doom Classic. Its gonna rock! (oh and also looking forward to the Duke Nukem 3D update, altho I can actually use the game as it is. Just means thinking a bit about using the controls but its not to bad when you get used to it - altho I do agree it could be better!)

  • Weeksy

    I'm wondering what the hell is going on with "Dexter"? Haven't heard anything on that in a while....

    • Droppin' Loads

      I thought I had heard they were waiting for it to arrive in time for season 4's debut?

  • Weeksy

    I'm wondering what the hell is going on with "Dexter"? Haven't heard anything on that in a while....

    • Droppin' Loads

      I thought I had heard they were waiting for it to arrive in time for season 4's debut?

  • ImNoSuperMan

    Please JC make sure what price you want to sell your game first. I`ll pay anything from 0.99$ to 19.99$, whatever is the list price on a day one. But do maintain that price and only have gradual price decrease over time instead of insane 3$ sale like you guys did with Doom Resurrection. We did not deserve that for being the first in line for DR. :(

    Or was that your way for reminding us that only a fool pays full price of a game on appstore instead of waiting a couple of months??

    • Harry Smoke

      I've never understood this method of thinking. If you bought it, at the the time you made the decision it was worth the advertised price.

  • ImNoSuperMan

    Please JC make sure what price you want to sell your game first. I`ll pay anything from 0.99$ to 19.99$, whatever is the list price on a day one. But do maintain that price and only have gradual price decrease over time instead of insane 3$ sale like you guys did with Doom Resurrection. We did not deserve that for being the first in line for DR. :(

    Or was that your way for reminding us that only a fool pays full price of a game on appstore instead of waiting a couple of months??

    • Harry Smoke

      I've never understood this method of thinking. If you bought it, at the the time you made the decision it was worth the advertised price.

  • Tower_Defender

    Can't wait for the Duke Nukem update. ... and aww for minigore :(.

  • Tower_Defender

    Can't wait for the Duke Nukem update. ... and aww for minigore :(.

  • Jaime

    Doom is such a mediocre shooter to me, even though I know its considered a classic by many. The only way I would get it is if theres online multiplayer...
    I do want my Duke update, and speaking of multiplayer... yeah right I wish lol

  • Jaime

    Doom is such a mediocre shooter to me, even though I know its considered a classic by many. The only way I would get it is if theres online multiplayer...
    I do want my Duke update, and speaking of multiplayer... yeah right I wish lol

  • McChumpers

    oh man doom classic!! MUST HAVE!

    and that kind of sucks about minigore!!

  • McChumpers

    oh man doom classic!! MUST HAVE!

    and that kind of sucks about minigore!!

  • Sufyan

    I hate this Apple Approval process it takes the buscuit. Why does it take so long? why not just approve it? Doom was supposed to be released ages ago and that minigore update should have been in by now.

  • Sufyan

    I hate this Apple Approval process it takes the buscuit. Why does it take so long? why not just approve it? Doom was supposed to be released ages ago and that minigore update should have been in by now.

  • Chris

    Here http://www.idsoftware.com/iphone-doom-classic-progress/ the pics show multiplayer as an option in the menu.

  • Chris

    Here http://www.idsoftware.com/iphone-doom-classic-progress/ the pics show multiplayer as an option in the menu.

  • Gavy

    Can't wait for Doom Classic!
    Is it going to run on 2.2 OS firmware?

  • Gavy

    Can't wait for Doom Classic!
    Is it going to run on 2.2 OS firmware?

  • Jason

    Guess we'll get it by September next year, I have been checking the app store daily since early June!!!

  • Jason

    Guess we'll get it by September next year, I have been checking the app store daily since early June!!!

  • http://ghrockertaps09.webs.com GHRocker08

    Does anyone know what's going on with DOOM Classic? I'm getting really annoyed. I've been waiting since JUNE, and still nothing.

  • http://ghrockertaps09.webs.com GHRocker08

    Does anyone know what's going on with DOOM Classic? I'm getting really annoyed. I've been waiting since JUNE, and still nothing.