Just a couple of days ago we reported that IUGO's Daisy Mae's Alien Buffet game was pulled from the App Store as part of Apple's new policies blocking adult-themed content.

It seems Apple had a change of heart, as the game was quietly reinstated today -- without any changes from the original version. We emailed IUGO's Sarah Thomson who says they have gotten no contact from Apple explaining the return of the game. Surprisingly enough, Apple has even featured Daisy Mae in their game section -- perhaps as a nod for the mishap.

So, if you kicked yourself for missing out, or are wondering what all the fuss is about, here's your chance.

App Store Link: Daisy Mae's Alien Buffet, $1.99

  • carontestyx

    More and more everyday I start to think something is rotten inside Apple (pun intended).

    • Arnold

      I want the usual lame excuse from that hypocrite Phill Shiller. Come on fatboy, say something!!

    • Alex

      I want the usual lame excuse from that hypocrite Phill Shiller. Come on fatboy, say something!!

    • clark kant

      I hope this is just the first time in a long line of times that Apple will be challenged on hypocritical policies.

      If and when apple rejects the Opera Mobile browser for "duplicating functionality" when there's hundreds of apps that duplicate the functionality of Stocks, Calculator, Camera, Notes, Clock, Maps, Calender, Photos and Weather, I hope that Apple faces a backlash that makes this uproar seem like childs play.

      Opera Mini has far better compression that Safari. It allows for 6x faster page loads and far less data usage than anything Safari offers up. So if it gets rejected, I'll be very displeased and I'm sure many others will be as well.

      I'm still peeved about Google Voice getting rejected for that ridiculous reason (and it seems the FCC is still looking into that as well) but atleast Google was able to offer a webased version of the service. Opera Mini will not have any such alternative. Please tread lightly apple.

      • G Giant

        I'm happy they changed it back. I think one thing we forget is that "Apple" isn't a singular entity... It's not Steve Jobs making every decision, it's thousands of minds in a large organization.

        It's quite possible (if not likely) that some middle manager or executive made the decision to pull it, and his superiors quickly realized that he or she made the wrong decision (and/or realized they could be opening themselves up to a lawsuit as well as a ton of negative publicity)

        I still think they need to reevaluate how they do things so that their rules are consistent and up front (so devs know what is explicitly allowed before they invest considerable time and money in a new game), and not doing so will hurt them terribly in the long run, but correcting their mistake is a good gesture.

  • carontestyx

    More and more everyday I start to think something is rotten inside Apple (pun intended).

    • Arnold

      I want the usual lame excuse from that hypocrite Phill Shiller. Come on fatboy, say something!!

    • Alex

      I want the usual lame excuse from that hypocrite Phill Shiller. Come on fatboy, say something!!

    • clark kant

      I hope this is just the first time in a long line of times that Apple will be challenged on hypocritical policies.

      If and when apple rejects the Opera Mobile browser for "duplicating functionality" when there's hundreds of apps that duplicate the functionality of Stocks, Calculator, Camera, Notes, Clock, Maps, Calender, Photos and Weather, I hope that Apple faces a backlash that makes this uproar seem like childs play.

      Opera Mini has far better compression that Safari. It allows for 6x faster page loads and far less data usage than anything Safari offers up. So if it gets rejected, I'll be very displeased and I'm sure many others will be as well.

      I'm still peeved about Google Voice getting rejected for that ridiculous reason (and it seems the FCC is still looking into that as well) but atleast Google was able to offer a webased version of the service. Opera Mini will not have any such alternative. Please tread lightly apple.

      • G Giant

        I'm happy they changed it back. I think one thing we forget is that "Apple" isn't a singular entity... It's not Steve Jobs making every decision, it's thousands of minds in a large organization.

        It's quite possible (if not likely) that some middle manager or executive made the decision to pull it, and his superiors quickly realized that he or she made the wrong decision (and/or realized they could be opening themselves up to a lawsuit as well as a ton of negative publicity)

        I still think they need to reevaluate how they do things so that their rules are consistent and up front (so devs know what is explicitly allowed before they invest considerable time and money in a new game), and not doing so will hurt them terribly in the long run, but correcting their mistake is a good gesture.

  • Gert

    Well heck I *can* imagine Daisy got the guys at Apple blushing a bit!

    • Gert

      She even wobbles the first split second of the dressing screen...

  • Gert

    Well heck I *can* imagine Daisy got the guys at Apple blushing a bit!

    • Gert

      She even wobbles the first split second of the dressing screen...

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    Great! Know I can pick it up! Oh and to carontestyx something is rotten inside of Apple!! lol

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    Great! Know I can pick it up! Oh and to carontestyx something is rotten inside of Apple!! lol

  • kwakkie

    HELLOOOOOO free publicity! :P

  • kwakkie

    HELLOOOOOO free publicity! :P

  • miron

    simple american policy, sex is evil, but you never ever block guns, so they had to reinstate it.

    • Adams Immersive

      That’s a very sad viewpoint... but I can’t argue with it!

      Imaging the uproar if they banned all apps with blood and dismemberment! But that stuff is fine... just don’t show people wearing too little clothing!

      Apple has made a mess out of this that was avoidable.

      • http://www.chucksmith.de/ Chuck Smith

        It's frustrating really. It seems in the USA you can have as much blood and violence as you want, just don't show any skin. I was amused recently when I discovered that the movie ratings for Comedian Harmonists was rated R in the USA (for some nudity) and 6+ (6 years or older) in Germany. So, which is more tolerable... sex or violence?

      • Ryan

        Though in some cases, "sex" is violence. Don't underestimate the predatory nature of foreign pornography businesses or the very real numbers of humans trafficked for sex.

        Though, not a point directly relevant to Ms. Mae..

  • dumas1000

    Apple would like to impose their censorship policies as quietly as possible, and this one got a little too hot for them to handle, no pun intended. It was publicity that reenstated this game. It was just publicity that Apple didn't want.

  • miron

    simple american policy, sex is evil, but you never ever block guns, so they had to reinstate it.

    • Adams Immersive

      That’s a very sad viewpoint... but I can’t argue with it!

      Imaging the uproar if they banned all apps with blood and dismemberment! But that stuff is fine... just don’t show people wearing too little clothing!

      Apple has made a mess out of this that was avoidable.

      • http://www.chucksmith.de/ Chuck Smith

        It's frustrating really. It seems in the USA you can have as much blood and violence as you want, just don't show any skin. I was amused recently when I discovered that the movie ratings for Comedian Harmonists was rated R in the USA (for some nudity) and 6+ (6 years or older) in Germany. So, which is more tolerable... sex or violence?

      • Ryan

        Though in some cases, "sex" is violence. Don't underestimate the predatory nature of foreign pornography businesses or the very real numbers of humans trafficked for sex.

        Though, not a point directly relevant to Ms. Mae..

  • dumas1000

    Apple would like to impose their censorship policies as quietly as possible, and this one got a little too hot for them to handle, no pun intended. It was publicity that reenstated this game. It was just publicity that Apple didn't want.

  • http://www.mrjackgames.co.uk/ Mr Jack

    Glad to see it.

  • http://www.mrjackgames.co.uk/ Mr Jack

    Glad to see it.

  • http://www.mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

    "The App Store continues to evolve, and as such, we are constantly refining our guidelines. Your application, contains content that we had originally believed to be unsuitable for distribution, as we at Apple fear tiny polygon boobs. However, we have recently received numerous complaints from our customers about this ridiculously heavy handed Puritanism, and have changed our guidelines appropriately."

    • clark kant

      Hilarious. Man it would be awesome if that was the message Apple sent out. I would respect the fact that they have a sense of humor about this atleast.

  • http://www.mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

    "The App Store continues to evolve, and as such, we are constantly refining our guidelines. Your application, contains content that we had originally believed to be unsuitable for distribution, as we at Apple fear tiny polygon boobs. However, we have recently received numerous complaints from our customers about this ridiculously heavy handed Puritanism, and have changed our guidelines appropriately."

    • clark kant

      Hilarious. Man it would be awesome if that was the message Apple sent out. I would respect the fact that they have a sense of humor about this atleast.

  • http://www.moistproduction.com moist

    Hope the dev sells a million more from this ;)

  • http://www.moistproduction.com moist

    Hope the dev sells a million more from this ;)

  • palapalooza

    I'd like to know if how sales of the game do after all of this. So TouchArcade, please do a followup in the next couple of months.

    Also, if Apple first took Daisy Mae (and others) down due to complaints about too much skin, how about we start a campaign to complain that there's not enough skin in apps like Stocks, Weather, Settings, Bejeweled, etc., and see what happens?

  • palapalooza

    I'd like to know if how sales of the game do after all of this. So TouchArcade, please do a followup in the next couple of months.

    Also, if Apple first took Daisy Mae (and others) down due to complaints about too much skin, how about we start a campaign to complain that there's not enough skin in apps like Stocks, Weather, Settings, Bejeweled, etc., and see what happens?

  • Kevin

    Downloaded! And I agree with posters in the earlier article who say Apple should just create a password-locked mature section in the App Store instead of inconsistently rejecting (or pulling) apps with "questionable" content!

  • Kevin

    Downloaded! And I agree with posters in the earlier article who say Apple should just create a password-locked mature section in the App Store instead of inconsistently rejecting (or pulling) apps with "questionable" content!

  • Robert

    Couple of good posts in this thread lol

  • Robert

    Couple of good posts in this thread lol

  • slembcke

    What exactly makes this not fall under the "overtly sexual" category? Whether or not you think that banning overtly sexual content is bad, you have to at least be frustrated with their lack of consistency.

    Once again, Apple being the sole gatekeeper to the iPhone seems like a bad thing to me. You can't claim that it's a good thing because "they are keeping the crap off" because they really aren't. (Why are there 50 fart apps?) Game console manufacturers usually do that to protect their brand from low quality crap, but Apple seems to be struggling between protecting their brand and compromising it to make a quick buck. They approve tons of low quality and buggy apps, as well wavering on ones like the fart and sexy apps.

    • Gert

      @slembcke

      Precisely. Daisy is *very* sexual.

      Especially if you consider how little would be left of the whole game if the protagonist had been a stick insect, for instance.

      I have nothing against overtly sexual girls shooting fantasy creatures from the hip, and neither do I hate stick insects, but I think you are perfectly right.

      • Gert

        I'd like to add that if a company releases Toy Bot Stories first and then Daisy Mae, that makes them look like they've become pretty cynical about the importance of game quality.

  • slembcke

    What exactly makes this not fall under the "overtly sexual" category? Whether or not you think that banning overtly sexual content is bad, you have to at least be frustrated with their lack of consistency.

    Once again, Apple being the sole gatekeeper to the iPhone seems like a bad thing to me. You can't claim that it's a good thing because "they are keeping the crap off" because they really aren't. (Why are there 50 fart apps?) Game console manufacturers usually do that to protect their brand from low quality crap, but Apple seems to be struggling between protecting their brand and compromising it to make a quick buck. They approve tons of low quality and buggy apps, as well wavering on ones like the fart and sexy apps.

    • Gert

      @slembcke

      Precisely. Daisy is *very* sexual.

      Especially if you consider how little would be left of the whole game if the protagonist had been a stick insect, for instance.

      I have nothing against overtly sexual girls shooting fantasy creatures from the hip, and neither do I hate stick insects, but I think you are perfectly right.

      • Gert

        I'd like to add that if a company releases Toy Bot Stories first and then Daisy Mae, that makes them look like they've become pretty cynical about the importance of game quality.

  • David W

    Apple wants the App Store not be a 14 year old boy's wet dream. That is understandable marketing wise. Apple wants people to look at the selection in the Apps store and not say to themselves "Every third app contains nothing but skanky women jiggling their assets."

    The problem is that this is a delicate balancing act. What is SI Swimsuit app, but a reason for guys to look at nearly naked womin. But, SI is a big publication, and something that actually brings more people to the Apps store than drives them away.

    Apple does have a way of limiting content, but only on downloads. I can setup iTunes not to allow an account to download 17+ apps, but it still shows them in the store itself.

    Apple needs a better rating system. One that doesn't make every app that sends or receives data from the Internet 17+. Then, Apple needs to redesign its App store to hide applications that the user deems inappropriate. I can currently limit the apps, music, and videos I can download, but for some strange reason, those still show up when I browse iTunes and the Apps store.

    Inappropriate Apps could be placed in an Adults Only section that is off limits by default (much the way Google searches of videos and images are filtered by default).

    That would allow the App programmers to go after their market while keeping the App store from looking like Broadway back in the 1970s.

    • http://www.chucksmith.de/ Chuck Smith

      Absolutely right. The store is broken, these apps need to be hidden away from unverified-age users, not rejected.

  • David W

    Apple wants the App Store not be a 14 year old boy's wet dream. That is understandable marketing wise. Apple wants people to look at the selection in the Apps store and not say to themselves "Every third app contains nothing but skanky women jiggling their assets."

    The problem is that this is a delicate balancing act. What is SI Swimsuit app, but a reason for guys to look at nearly naked womin. But, SI is a big publication, and something that actually brings more people to the Apps store than drives them away.

    Apple does have a way of limiting content, but only on downloads. I can setup iTunes not to allow an account to download 17+ apps, but it still shows them in the store itself.

    Apple needs a better rating system. One that doesn't make every app that sends or receives data from the Internet 17+. Then, Apple needs to redesign its App store to hide applications that the user deems inappropriate. I can currently limit the apps, music, and videos I can download, but for some strange reason, those still show up when I browse iTunes and the Apps store.

    Inappropriate Apps could be placed in an Adults Only section that is off limits by default (much the way Google searches of videos and images are filtered by default).

    That would allow the App programmers to go after their market while keeping the App store from looking like Broadway back in the 1970s.

    • http://www.chucksmith.de/ Chuck Smith

      Absolutely right. The store is broken, these apps need to be hidden away from unverified-age users, not rejected.

  • Wil

    Bizarre to me is why any developer would allow their income to be subject to the ever-changing whims of Cupertino.

  • Wil

    Bizarre to me is why any developer would allow their income to be subject to the ever-changing whims of Cupertino.

  • http://www.myspace.com/CassieTheChaoticCupcake CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    Y'know... I never really thought about it 'till now, but what if this was all just a publicity stunt? I see all this ranting about it, but what if IUGO took down the app, claimed Apple did it, and then re-uploaded it hoping for a boom in sales? It's a clever marketing tactic that I've seen succeed.
    There's no way Apple can take the game off the app store without going in and removing hundreds of others. Just to name a few that definitely shouldn't be on there anyway:
    Playboy
    Seduce a SuicideGirl
    FHM
    Those would be the first to be rejected seeing as they contain real pictures of almost nude women (WITH THONGS AND G-STRINGS... I'm not advertising but making a point). I'm glad Daisy Mae is back, but the past few minutes it just kinda hit me what a great scheme this could be...

  • http://www.myspace.com/CassieTheChaoticCupcake CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    Y'know... I never really thought about it 'till now, but what if this was all just a publicity stunt? I see all this ranting about it, but what if IUGO took down the app, claimed Apple did it, and then re-uploaded it hoping for a boom in sales? It's a clever marketing tactic that I've seen succeed.
    There's no way Apple can take the game off the app store without going in and removing hundreds of others. Just to name a few that definitely shouldn't be on there anyway:
    Playboy
    Seduce a SuicideGirl
    FHM
    Those would be the first to be rejected seeing as they contain real pictures of almost nude women (WITH THONGS AND G-STRINGS... I'm not advertising but making a point). I'm glad Daisy Mae is back, but the past few minutes it just kinda hit me what a great scheme this could be...

  • Hamranhansenhansen

    People knocking App Store here need to get over themselves. The complaining is tired. The whining is tired. 99.9% of iPhone users don't care how you feel about App Store.

    There is a second, totally open totally unmediated app platform on all Apple devices called the World Wide Web, and Apple has taken the lead on bringing real apps to it with HTML5 and WebKit. Web apps are always an alternative to App Store if App Store is not the experience you want. App Store is tightly managed specifically to provide an alternative to the unmanaged Web for people who want that (lots of people.) App Store and the Web are like a yin yang of apps on your iPhone. Demanding that one be more like the other is totalitarian by definition. Pick whichever is right for you or better yet, use both and enjoy both of their strengths.

    There is lots of sex on the Web, so much so that you don't need Apple to help you find it. You can charge it to your phone bill, so you don't need Apple to help you pay for it. Nobody is stopping you from getting the sexy by removing softcore porn from App Store. You can even use the "Save as Web app" feature to put porn sites on your home screen. You will get better porn on the Web than these lame softcore apps.

    The softcore porn apps that Apple has been removing recently only served to hide great apps like Daisy Mae … so much so that even Apple mistook Daisy Mae for one of those apps. The editorial in App Store again provides an alternative to the editorial-free Web. It's a feature for most users. The work that went into Daisy Mae and the value that users get out of it is more than all of the softcore porn apps put together. The developers of those apps have a right to be on the open Web but no right to be in the proprietary App Store. Again, the 2 app platforms are a yin yang.

    I sold my last used iPhone for $210 and it costs $175 to break an AT&T iPhone contract. You can get off the platform anytime if it is not for you. Then you can get an Android phone which from what I hear will be a perfect experience any year now. Or Windows Phone 7, which has both no native apps and no HTML5 … perfect totalitarianism.

    Thank-you to the developers of Daisy Mae for bringing us a great iPhone app. Thank-you to Apple for pretty much single-handedly providing us with consumer computing, and for making so many users happy and developers wealthy. Thank-you to Phil Schiller for working so hard on behalf of users for so many years. Haters? Who needs you? Not me, not Apple.

    • rwahrens

      Thanks for the great post - I couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Hamranhansenhansen

    People knocking App Store here need to get over themselves. The complaining is tired. The whining is tired. 99.9% of iPhone users don't care how you feel about App Store.

    There is a second, totally open totally unmediated app platform on all Apple devices called the World Wide Web, and Apple has taken the lead on bringing real apps to it with HTML5 and WebKit. Web apps are always an alternative to App Store if App Store is not the experience you want. App Store is tightly managed specifically to provide an alternative to the unmanaged Web for people who want that (lots of people.) App Store and the Web are like a yin yang of apps on your iPhone. Demanding that one be more like the other is totalitarian by definition. Pick whichever is right for you or better yet, use both and enjoy both of their strengths.

    There is lots of sex on the Web, so much so that you don't need Apple to help you find it. You can charge it to your phone bill, so you don't need Apple to help you pay for it. Nobody is stopping you from getting the sexy by removing softcore porn from App Store. You can even use the "Save as Web app" feature to put porn sites on your home screen. You will get better porn on the Web than these lame softcore apps.

    The softcore porn apps that Apple has been removing recently only served to hide great apps like Daisy Mae … so much so that even Apple mistook Daisy Mae for one of those apps. The editorial in App Store again provides an alternative to the editorial-free Web. It's a feature for most users. The work that went into Daisy Mae and the value that users get out of it is more than all of the softcore porn apps put together. The developers of those apps have a right to be on the open Web but no right to be in the proprietary App Store. Again, the 2 app platforms are a yin yang.

    I sold my last used iPhone for $210 and it costs $175 to break an AT&T iPhone contract. You can get off the platform anytime if it is not for you. Then you can get an Android phone which from what I hear will be a perfect experience any year now. Or Windows Phone 7, which has both no native apps and no HTML5 … perfect totalitarianism.

    Thank-you to the developers of Daisy Mae for bringing us a great iPhone app. Thank-you to Apple for pretty much single-handedly providing us with consumer computing, and for making so many users happy and developers wealthy. Thank-you to Phil Schiller for working so hard on behalf of users for so many years. Haters? Who needs you? Not me, not Apple.

    • rwahrens

      Thanks for the great post - I couldn't have said it better myself.

  • SickPigeon

    My guess is a jealous wife of someone working at the app store just got tired of hearing about how awesome Daisy Mae was

  • SickPigeon

    My guess is a jealous wife of someone working at the app store just got tired of hearing about how awesome Daisy Mae was

  • Mr. Reeee

    There's no porn in the App Store.
    Erotica, yes. Porn? No.
    Naked bodies are not porn.

    As someone above mentioned, there's probably some middle (or lower) manager nanny who is appalled by seeing certain things and moves to ban them or slow their inclusion in the App Store. I would also assume that Apple is under pressure from some outside busybody nanny organizations as well.

    Unfortunately for Apple, they make knee-jerk decisions to remove content, then reverse those decisions after the negative reactions from tolerant people. It simply makes Apple look bad.

    This entire anti-sexual content brouhaha is ludicrous. In this county, advertising, TV, movies and magazines use sexual imagery and suggestion to sell EVERYTHING, but woe to the person who actually admits to having sex or an interest (ie: Tiger Woods, Eliot Spitzer, etc).

    Meanwhile, any level of violence is perfectly acceptable. I have no problem with either, but there's something sick about the intensity of the anti-sex factions.

  • Mr. Reeee

    There's no porn in the App Store.
    Erotica, yes. Porn? No.
    Naked bodies are not porn.

    As someone above mentioned, there's probably some middle (or lower) manager nanny who is appalled by seeing certain things and moves to ban them or slow their inclusion in the App Store. I would also assume that Apple is under pressure from some outside busybody nanny organizations as well.

    Unfortunately for Apple, they make knee-jerk decisions to remove content, then reverse those decisions after the negative reactions from tolerant people. It simply makes Apple look bad.

    This entire anti-sexual content brouhaha is ludicrous. In this county, advertising, TV, movies and magazines use sexual imagery and suggestion to sell EVERYTHING, but woe to the person who actually admits to having sex or an interest (ie: Tiger Woods, Eliot Spitzer, etc).

    Meanwhile, any level of violence is perfectly acceptable. I have no problem with either, but there's something sick about the intensity of the anti-sex factions.

  • K

    Can someone please tell me if this game is any good or not?

  • K

    Can someone please tell me if this game is any good or not?