July 5, 2009 in Games (F)
[prMac.com] Boston, MA - Metaversal Studios' update for "Hot Dog Down a Hallway" was finally added to the iTunes store this week after a month of anticipation. The long awaited parental controls on iPhone OS 3.0 enabled the functionality update to the "obscene" game, despite receiving a "9" age rating throughout the approval process.
On June 19th, 2009 Apple re-examined the update in question and concluded that the game is, as originally labeled, acceptable for ages 9 and up. The game, which involves launching a hot dog as far as you can down a hallway filled with wiener-destroying traps, contains no change in content from previous releases - and, despite the suggestive name, still contains absolutely no sexually explicit content.
Metaversal Studios released the original game for the iPhone/iPod Touch on April 20th, 2009, which has received generally positive reviews, and not a single complaint from a user or a reviewer about its content, as far as Metaversal knows. One user even submitted a review to the App Store that described it as being "[full of] great innuendos for adults and [yet] sly enough for kids to play and not understand".
"It was frustrating to put all this work into a fun and sassy game and update just to get denied on the second update. We're glad that Apple came around on this since they rated the original game 9 , and there have been no explicit content changes since" says Interactive Designer Dave Landry.
Executive Producer Alec Shobin also expressed his relief "Apple seems to be sorting out their approval process. The inconsistent system made any kind of application development a total crapshoot. Now it's finally the iPhone users' decision which games they download and enjoy". As long as it's not porn.
* iPhone oriPod touch 2.2.1 or later
Pricing and Availability:
Hot Dog Down a Hallway 1.2 is avalaible for purchase in iTunes for $.99 (USD).
Metaversal Studios designs games and cartoons for corporate and educational clients including Aerosmith, the New England Aquarium, Fidelity Investments, and Berklee College of Music. Since 2004, Metaversal has split its time between consulting and the development of its own original properties, which include several new and popular games on burningvillage, facebook, and shockwave. Copyright 2004-2009 Metaversal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.