Everyone knows that Apple’s app approval process is one of the most stringent in the business. The Cupertino company has denied software for several different reasons, which has frequently sparked controversy in the iOS community.

But their strict approval methods have insured that its mobile platform has remained safe from malware and other malicious software. However, the process still can’t seem to filter out the scammers…

Remember Flash Video Expose? The iOS web browser initially appeared to play Adobe Flash content, but developers quickly changed its App Store description after receiving several comments from upset customers who felt ripped off.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball points to another sketchy application that has made its way into the App Store. The title of the game is Ninja Turtles, and it seems legit by the familiar TMNT logo. But this game wasn’t made by Konami.

From the Customer Reviews:

“I bought this game for my grandson, he loves the TMNT!! This game has no directions we can’t figure out how to play or even how to restart the game. There aren’t any turtles in the game. A total waste of $5”

The other commenters seem to concur that the game is a scam. Between the app’s misleading description, and the almost certain illegal use of the TMNT brand, how did this title get approved for the App Store. And better yet, how is it still there?

  • dnmies

    it looks like Contra from 8bit Nintendo Days

  • Ben

    I would love to see the original TMNT Arcade game ported over.

  • Mu’aawiyah

    To be honest, anyone who actually bought this while the screen shots of the game are clearly an indication of what it’s about, they they deserve to have their money take off of them!!!
    I think the one thing Apple have mastered…its their ability to harness the ‘impulse buy’. People just press ‘buy’ without even reading the description, comments, ratings, or even looking at the screen shots. I mean what do you expect!!! If it is for free, then fair enough, but if it is for $5, at least do a simple search on YouTube or something to check it out!!!

    • How else do they sell millions of games? Some games deserve the sales but others sell simply because they’re the top app(s). You won’t see someone on PSN/eShop paying ANY amount without knowing what the game is, despite the fact that their quality control is much higher.

      Anyways, if it’s from a publisher/developer like Chillingo then you’re guaranteed to get a good game. You don’t need to look at the description (although I always look at REAL reviews, whatnot when I’m getting a game, even if it’s free).

      • AJ

        Yeah like Zombieville 2. It came out today and since I loved Z1 I just hit buy but other games like fruit ninja or pocket god, I looked at everything.

    • ic0dex

      Thank you… I always tell everyone just search the game on YouTube or look at the screen shoots before making a purchase.

  • Primo Sindone

    Cody, one of the worst parts of it is that it appears to have stolen graphics from Nintendo’s “Contra” game. Also, it’s “Konami,” not “Kanomi” 😉

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    Apple’s problem about this is that they don’t let you have a refund… :S

    they should change that, in this app for example $5 dollar was suposed to be a very good app, but the people who bought this crap cant get a refund

    I hope they change it soon

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    in the begining I was like some who just look at the pictures and press buy, but after buy a $0.99 “phone locator” I learned to check the free or lite version and read the reviews first, it helps a lot!

  • Cass

    God the arcade version would be amazing…although apple has good phone games they need to get some games that would be good to play on any platform