Apple has a strict set of rules governing its iOS App Store. Run afoul of them and you may be kicked out of the playground. One of the latest apps to feel the wrath of Apple’s banhammer is Sweatshop HD, a tower defense game in which players run a factory sweatshop.

According to PocketGamer, Apple booted the game because the Cupertino company was “uncomfortable selling a game based around the theme of running a sweatshop.” The game was released in November 2012 and stayed under Apple’s radar until earlier this year.

Littlecloud, the game development company behind Sweatshop HD, changed the game’s description to add that players are not forced to run the factory as a sweatshop. It also made it clear that the game is less a game and more “a sympathetic examination of the pressures that all participants in the sweatshop system endure.” It’s a compelling sell, but Apple didn’t buy it and kept the ban in place.

If you want to play Sweatshop, the game is available online as a Flash-based title.

Apple pulls sweatshop game from App Store originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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