Chart-topping game Weed Firm ousted from the App Store, developers already baking sequel

Chart-topping game Weed Firm ousted from the App Store, developers already baking sequel
Manitoba Games' stoner operations simulator Weed Firm was rolling high on the App Store's joint, topping the charts before the marketplace's custodians decided to bluntly weed it out, extinguishing access to it and leaving hundreds of thousand of users feeling rather spliffy. It was rather questionable how the controversial game ended up in the App Store in the first place, seeing that Apple's app market is famous for a stringent approval process and dismissal of questionable content. Then again, there has to be at least one Apple employee in there that habitually uses green medicine for recreation, and he or she probably thought the game was worth passing along.

Manitoba asserted that “the problem was that the game was just too good and got to number one in All Categories, since there are certainly a great number of weed based apps still available, as well as games promoting other so-called 'illegal activities' such as shooting people, crashing cars and throwing birds at buildings." Admittedly, the developers have a good point there, although we're yet to hear of incidents involving catapulting birds towards unstable buildings - which means Angry Birds does a pretty poor job with "promoting" said activity.

Unfortunately, Weed Firm also got the axe from Google Play, but for a whole different reason - Google has some beef with the game's original publisher. But if you are already missing the game on either Android or iOS, grieve not. Like Flappy Bird, which died a honorable death but is about to rise from the ashes like a Flappy Phoenix, Manitoba is promising Weed Firm will triumphantly return. "The Apple version might need to be censored a bit to comply with Apple's strictest requirement since they are going to be looking very attentively at what we submit from now on. Google never had a problem with the application itself. The problem was with our publisher and we are expecting to return to the Play Store once we find a suitable publisher." - said the developers.

Not only that, but Weed Firm 2 will be showing up later this year, with "updated and improved graphics and gameplay, new locations, magic mushrooms, new characters, and much, much more!" Sounds like the beginning of a blazing franchise!


source: Manitoba Games

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22 Comments

1. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Sounds like a fun game. Apple is the no-fun police.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A game that promotes drug use getting removed when it got to the top. So what's the problem?

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree with Mxyzptlk, Apple did a good job! +1

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Then what about the ones that promote: - crazy driving (any car driving game) - killing people (any first person shooter, fantasy games, etc) Would you also want them removed?

6. papss unregistered

I agree sir... What's worse killing people or smoking marijuana? Hmm not hard

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those are stylized. Would you want your child downloading a game about illegal substances?

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Same there, would you like your kid downloading a game about killing people? And weed is not ilegal everywhere, killing people is. Don't you find it any hypocrital to complain about one but not the other?

19. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Make the game for certain age only... the same with killing, and nudity...

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Mxy is just trolling as usual...you can try to speak using logic with him/her - I have learned that it does little good...

8. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yet they have all the Grand Theft Auto's in the App Store and hundreds of games where people kill each other, but Apple is worried about a little green? I know of states where growing it is legal, but can't think of any states where killing is legal though. Can't you still download "Drug Wars" in the apps store? Does that not promote drug use too?

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's such a bs comparison. Those games have age disclaimers. Those games are fiction. This is a game promoting pot smoking.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

And, what does Grand Theft Auto promote? Hmmm, theft is in its title...yeah, so, I guess stealing is ok, stealing and having fun with hookers and shooting people for no reason....and yet, marijuana is bad? Sorry, Mxy, you lose again....

16. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

That's such a bs! This game has age disclaimers, this game is fiction. Those games promote killing!!! See how easy it is? LOL

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Your an idiot. A game about weed is much better than a game about killing people. Like said above weeds/other drugs are not illegal everywhere. Killing is.

14. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Because its apple so what ever the right things they do automatically is wrong.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

From the title, the author Luis D like to blaze a trail like a champ... Twist one up while writing for PhoneArena.com. lol

7. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have been playing Mortal Kombat since I was 10. Some of the games were a present from my parents... I am also a big fan of GTA series. Love FPS games... I have never even tried a single cigarette, havn't tried mj, haven't shot anybody, havn't run over nobody... Video games are not the cause to any of those problems... psycho people are... uneducated people are... parents with no ethic or principles are... Fat people should start blaming Candy Crush for temptations or something... This game should be rated for mature audiences... but not ban...

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Good call - mature audiences - not like that is found on this site... Marijuana is not as bad as the mainstream media makes it out to be....it even is used to treat and cure cancer...

18. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Massive misinformation on the cancer bit, guy. My grandmother has spinal cancer and any medical marijuana she takes is only for nausea and giving her more of an appetite. Marijuana does not cure cancer.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3052; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I think he meant to treat and cure the effects and symptoms of cancer and chemo. I can vouch for the fact that a member of my family suffers from Crohn's Disease and ganja is the only remedy that has reduced the inflammation and kept this person off the surgeon's table.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3052; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has admitted he was wrong about Cannabis. Dr. Gupta's reputation is beyond reproach and I'll believe him over some stuffed shirt at Apple. Get over it people, grass is not the evil weed as it's portrayed in the media. It is, however, a cash cow for the private prison industry in the US. Follow the money if you want the truth.

22. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Any way to sideload on Android?

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