Wednesday, April 1, 2009

REJECTED!


Guys! For the first time, a Pocket God update has been rejected. We were shocked and the reason Apple sent us was extremely vague! They sent us a screenshot with the menu open and said we violated "Apple Branding"...meaning we used an image that is owned by Apple. The only thing we can think of is that the gravity icon (a very simplified iPhone tilted) is the issue. I mean, surely a volcano icon isn't owned by Apple? Or the question mark?

What can we say? We are really sorry, as we know how much people look forward to the updates. So we changed the gravity icon and are submitting a new update tonight. This one will be a two-for-one. Something's Fishy and March of the Fire Ants. And just to let you know that we are NOT slowing down, we are in progress for the update after that, titled "What's my name?". AND we have a surprise that we are uploading to our YouTube in the next day or two.

Again, our apologies! We just didn't see this coming!

62 comments:

  1. i'm looking forward to the ants!

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  2. hey guys, really sorry to hear about this. I looked at the main menu, don't really see what caused the problem. its not like you have a huge apple logo in the middle of your app. good to hear you reacted positively to this, and keep submitting updates. thank you for your effort and this great app.

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  3. Thanks guys and JB....I just realized it looks like an April Fools joke, but its not. It is kind of coincidental timing.....Because actually...we DID include an April Fools joke in "Something's Fishy" but now its been ruined! Tomorrow I'll put up our now-defunct April Fools joke!

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  4. thanks apple another lose by apple... what a fail apple.... they are scared of you guys... that is such a little reason to pick.... they are scared of pocketgod over taking the APP they most likely think it is becuase you guys have been number one to long and want other apps a chance so they found a most smallest thing ever and used it...


    Keep up the good work..

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  5. You better get this update up soon! A $10 app just took over 2nd from us!

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  6. So do we have to wait another week?

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  7. Umm.... Hahaha April fools! Right?

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  8. how long does it take to upload an app to itunes, average file size.

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  9. how long does it take to upload an app to itunes, of an average size such as pocket god?

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  10. That is terrible! Smelly app store. :(
    (assuming this isn't April fools of course ;) )

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  11. This is really rediculous. If apple never had a problem with it before, Why now? I think it might be because you have such an amazing app that so many people love for 99 cents and updates making it even better coming out every week.

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  12. Of course we feel it was unfair or that we were targeted...but the honest truth is that this happens to lots of developers and I think Apple's requirements are getting stricter. We just wish they were more specific in their feedback because we had to GUESS it was the iphone image because nothing else made sense. Nick, to answer your question, the upload itself only takes a couple minutes, but as you might have noticed it has taken a week or less to get reviewed. I think maybe it took longer this time because of the rejection. Hopefully we've corrected the problem! We are predicting (along with everyone else) that this will nail us in sales, and therefore ranking. So we are totally bummed. But again, we aren't the only developer this has happened to.

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  13. hey, went in to read a bit on the pocketgod app on appstore... of course I've already bought it.... anyways, what I was going to write was that the txt has dissapeard... there's nothing but the logo on top, and the pictures on the bottom... I'm sure it's nothing, but my iPod touch went all crazy and I had to restart it when I got in

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  14. oh well, too bad i was checking every hour 'till i saw this post. i'll check back on monday, or will it be up sooner? thanks a lot for bringing the only app i come to back daily. everyone in my family with an itouch or iphone craves each week for the update. we where devastated when it didn't come monday but it'll come when it does.

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  15. Bad news about the rejection. I don't mind waiting 1 1/2 weeks or 2 weeks for an update as long as pocket god still gets updated :)

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  16. When will the new updates be out? (roughly). Its a shame but really we have benfited, as 2 updates are now coming out together! Cant wait 4 something fishy and march of the fire ants! Keep em coming bolt creative!!!

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  17. Guys your app store page has gone blank fuzzy and wired. Disatster!

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  18. Yeah as much as it sucks getting the update rejected and messing with (in my eyes) the #1 application, I think it's freaking awesome that these guys are now doing a 2 For 1. They could have just tried releasing Something Fishy then had us wait another week for Fire Ants. Thanks for also having this site to keep the fans up to date because itunes/app store don't tell us what's going on. I don't know many apps that have sites to keep fans updated and do 2 for 1 updates.
    Thanks again.

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  19. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    does anybody have a sniper i could borrow for a day or 2 (steve jobs definitely wont be making any more keynote speeches, MWAHAHAHAHA)

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  20. I dont mind waiting a while longer for a 2-in-1 combo update :)
    Looking forward and keep up the good work :)

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  21. I have read Apple are getting stricer on the usage of images of iPhones/iPod Touches (and their IP in general) and lots of existing apps which have up until now been using such images in their instructions are now having updates rejected.

    Of course the simple solution is to not use any Apple imagery (logos, device images etc) but that's annoying since it's the easiest way to explain accelerometer controls.

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  22. Holy moly! I just saw the app store page! What is going on? I'm getting Dave to check on it!

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  23. What's wrong with the App Store Page?

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  24. Thanks for the update on the update!

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  25. I think apple is trying to stop pocket god apple people are afraid to lose control and pocket god went down to fourth place. :(

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  26. Pocket god is going down because there is some thing wrong with the app store page so no one is buying I think apple is taking pocket god off the shelf completely if they do that I will be so mad this app is really good and always getting better can't wait for the new updates they are going to be awsome it's going to be ok because I think apple loves pocket god right?

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  27. Well then when is the two for one update coming out cause I have been waiting for the fishing update for a pretty long time. Please hurry.

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  28. Why would apple want to stop pocketgod? don't they get some of the profit?

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  29. I've been wondering about the update. Thought it was just running late. I first read your post, "Rejected" and thought, this has to be an april fools joke. I kind of wish it was. No worries. I am not an impatient man. Love the app and keep up the good work!

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  30. How long till the double update comes out it's going to be sick. You said that you are sending the new one tonight but how long doese it take for the apple people to review it? P.s the app page is back to normal keep up the good work

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  31. Yeh I posted earlier it had gone all wierd. I hope this doesnt affect the games sales.

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  32. Hey Bolt Creative, I have been thinking about that Feint system. I don't think you should be focusing on it as your main priority, it is nice and all but it can wait I would wrather you updating pocket god with things like natural disasters & ect. In addition I have some suggestions for updates. Maybe you could make it so the pygmies can have tribal ceremonies or the pygmies have hut they can live in and if you use the hurricane it blowws away. Maybe you could add nice creatures or vicious creatures and the pygmies can hunt them to eat or make them pets. Try and add items on the island and more foods, and they can cook it on a fire. Maybe the pygmies get a boat and travel to different islands to expand their kind and go to war with other pygmies. Last thing, you could add things like diseases and sicknesses such as the flu or smallpox. Thats all, please reply Bolt Creative, keep it up!!!

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  33. aww, that sucks, real bad. not only for us but u must be really disappointed too. Oh well, its ok, not too much longer to wait but... what will you call the next update? "Something fishy is marching with the fire ants"?

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  34. Of course they love PocketGod too. My guess is that somebody just had a very bad day at Apple and decided to shitcan the application for whatever reason. I mean, let's face it... the rejection process seems to be completely arbitrary

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  35. Guys the reason the App page is acting up is because, Bolt has updated the text on the page. When things like that happen Apples servers have an odd time updating them too and that effect can/will happen. This happened before with Apples own Remote App, they updated the text and it had the same effect. Anyway just wanted to let you know that Pocket God is not being taken down, but will be up shortly.

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  36. pocket gods app page working fine for me?

    Lol at THE J Mo " thanks for the update on the update "

    Just because of a silly icon PG has to be deleted? that sucks...can we start a protest?

    Lets try and get 1000 people to write an email to apple saying to let PB live!

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  37. omigod, i'm so exited, and I just can't hide it!! aaa, screaming in pain waiting for the update! I know apple won't take pocket god off the shelfs, they has to love it. if they don't, they're probably mentaly disturbed, cause PG is AWESOMEEEE!!!:D

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  38. we all wish the best of luck to you guys at bolt creative i mean that sounds really fishy that your app store page goes wacky after the rejection.. apple must be out to get people with great ideas and apps this is in my opinion the #1 app hands down

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  39. oooh, I think I've found a possible easteregg, of glitch, I don't know.... when one of the guys is a vampire... if you hit him in the head ONE time with the coconut (notice one time, if it bounces of his head, and straight up, and then hit his head one more time, it won't work), and immediatly start tapping, he'll start dancing:p the dancing obviously has to be on

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  40. I don't know if you all know this but the app store fuzzyness on the iPod is when the developer updates their page it does that for some reason and lasts for what seems like forever
    just a suggestion but you all should write a book or something that tells about the creation and everything that went into and is going into the game and updates. I don't know about you all but I'd read it lol

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  41. Im gettin EXTREMELY bored with this app EXTREMELY fast. You guys really need a GREAT update or fans are gonna start putting this away for good. I dont play this app often at all. It gets really boring really fast. If you guys make a really good update ill play it for 8 hrs strait!!!!!! I dout it though.

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  42. I think you guys are handling this pretty well, instead of complaining and not doing anything, you fixed the problem and are having a double update. Very mature. Apple is a very honest company, they really aren't trying to shoot down pocket god so other apps can make it to the top. Other apps have to be more creative to deserve to be #1. I think pocket god wont stand on #4 for much longer. The apps ahead of us suck!!!

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  43. SCREW APPLE! THEYRE JUST PUTTING YOU DOWN BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT SPONSOR APPLE PUT THEIR APPS AHEAD OF U!

    IF THEY DONT APPROVE UR APP SOON, I WILL BOYCOTT THEM!
    COME ON POCKET GOD FANS!! BOYCOTT THE MONEY-HUNGRY APPLE MOGELS!

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  44. Ideas:
    female islanders

    on and off fight switch (once in a while)

    treehouse (for two)

    tsunami by double tapping water

    islanders kick un cracked cocunut

    tap the rock head to make fire shoot out of mouth

    pull down tree top when islander walks by it he grabs on then you can let go and send him to the volcano or gently let him up and be stuck

    multi islands - make it the same as how you scroll through pages when volcano goes off it hits all, same with hurricane

    don't do stats

    make it so you can go online and have one islander on an island you can type things and have it pop up in a speech bubble above their head. Have it interactive so you can kill other or pick them up but then they reappear

    customize islander
    color of bone in hair
    color of eyes
    male/female
    ect.

    for multi island bow and arrow attack
    give certain islands boats to attack others

    conquistadors who take over who you can also control

    thanks
    just some future idea
    please consider them
    especially online it could be like an optional interactive chat site
    could get more customers
    Go POCKET GOD!!!

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  45. fat ben sat on apple till they said they would put us down but I'm going to check the menu and I hope I don't find anything else I'll post back later bye

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  46. apple sucks. I was waiting very anxiously for the update. I well u guys still rock. An idea is that an unbroken cocunut will be picked up by a pygmie. The Pygmy will throw it at another and laugh as the islander that was hit cries. The islander that was hit attacks the islander that threw the coconut hope u guys think this is a good idea. PG rocks!!!!!!

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  47. personally, i think it would be a good idea to do a two for one update all the time, obviously we would have to wait longer, but i think its only half a week for another so its actually quicker, and will be better cuz more stuff we be added at once!! Just thought i would say that lol :P

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  48. apple must hurry!!! i'm sonn going insane. not blaming you guys. but tell them to hurry with the next uptade :D

    PG rocks

    love stedsnavn

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  49. godo origato mr pocketo no no LOL I didn't find anything but I like how u will put it togehter can't wait but do think I'll be able to put the line in the ants LOL I'm makin a book if u guys want one wen I'm finished email me at drewgoldston@satx.rr.com

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  50. Hey do you guys know when the 2 in 1 update is coming out?

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  51. what the hell are you saying drew?

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  52. i have an idea for an update. My idea is that you could interact with water, and you can flood the island. when the waters goes away a little lake is left behind, and when the pygmies come near the lake...
    BAM a crocodile comes out and eats them. then the croc would come out and go into the sea. I hoped you liked my idea.

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  53. Just gets worse and worse, I was thinking of having fires by the way!!!

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  54. loving the app but i have a suggestion: if the lightning goes into the water, it could conduct electricity and when an islander falls in or touches it, they could be electrocuted and the others could laugh.

    by the way when is the 2 in 1 update coming to the app store

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  55. April fools?...

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  56. Make a submarine to go underwater

    Seamonsters and pirannas

    Money, jobs, and stores

    Weapons



    So those r some of my ideas, plz consider them
    Thx and pg is rly sick keep up the good work

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  57. hey, I've got an idea of how u can make a tsunami; tap the water and hold, flick your ringer upwards to the direction to make a tsunami or wave sort of slow, and you can to a certain point draw the wave like you do with the lightning, let go to send the wave

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  58. when do the new ubdates come monday or tuesday? or even longer

    GO POCKET GOD!

    also maby a wi-fi part where you can play with others that are not near each other like online internet games
    ps if possible

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  59. when will there be new updates come monday or tuesday?
    also is it possible for yall to make a wi-fi feature that is like a game room like internet online games?
    POCKET GOD IS ALSOME!!!!!!

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  60. bolt creative i Have benn thinking now if you guys could help me create this application Then i can give 50% of the profit it is called Stick Chamber And its A really Fun game that i could use help on please reply at Guitar.beasts@yahoo.com Happy To Be One of your guys friends By buying all your games thanks.

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