Buzz Aldrin was one of the first humans to step foot on the moon. Now he’s trying to make the big leap toward becoming an iOS developer, but Apple keeps rejecting his app, Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager, because of one tiny problem: It features too much Buzz Aldrin.
The App Store admissions team reportedly told Aldrin’s development team that the his game “contains well-known third parties.” What?!
Slitherine’s Ian McNeil was completely surprised by the rejection. “We thought we were pretty safe this time,” McNeil said, according to PocketTactics. “It’s one of the only Slitherine games I can think of with no violence or guns.”
To be clear, Buzz Aldrin’s Space Manager Program is a game that is being made with input from the astronaut himself. “To verify its accuracy and authenticity, the game is being developed in consultation with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, former U.S. Air Force combat pilot and NASA astronaut,” says Siltherine’s site.
It’s a Buzz Aldrin-endorsed game, yet Apple is still considering him a third party.
The new game has been in production at Polar Motion for a couple years and is supposed to be a like Buzz Aldrin’s Race Into Space with a new spin. Players start in the mid-1950s and run through the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union before creating the Global Space Agency to explore the galaxy. It will be available on PC, Mac, Android and iPad, if Apple ever approves it.
Check out the first trailer below: