Childish Behavior

So with iOS 7 Apple is introducing a KIDS section in the App Store. Specifically they said

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Well… I wanted to get in on the action and see if the new category could give some of my games more visibility.  So I resubmitted Buttermilk The Bouncing Baby Goat as a new version and supplied a privacy policy (that I created with TRUSTe).  I thought it would be a pretty easy approval.  After 2 weeks of waiting I got my FIRST rejection in 4 years of submitting apps.  It said

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So it appears KIDS apps are not allowed to show Game Center nor are they allowed to show a webpage that could take the child outside the app (my more apps page).  It’s also unclear as to whether you can guide them to in-app purchases and allow the parental controls to kick in or not.  I chose to just remove the store and game center buttons from my ui if I determine a child is using the app.  How do I do this?  I now have this splash page before any UI can be invoked

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I noticed this is what Cut The Rope did

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So I’ve resubmitted (1 day before iOS 7 goes live).  I’ll probably have to wait a while and I didn’t get in on day 1 like I wanted, but I’ll keep ya posted.  Is anyone else shooting for the KIDS category?  If so… drop me a line and let me know your experience.

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3 Responses to “Childish Behavior”

  1. Simon Edis on September 23rd, 2013 10:34 pm

    We added our game ‘Diversion for Kids!’ to the Kid’s category. We removed ads, IAP, links (but kept Game Center). We had no problems with approval, however when the new category came out our app was nowhere to be seen. Suffice it to say that it has little or no difference to sales. :(

  2. Doug on September 25th, 2013 6:01 pm

    Hooray! Looks like the mechanism is ok with Apple. At first they rejected it then I wrote back and said this is what Cut The Rope did and they approved it 1 day later.

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