Apple has rejected political iOS app Endgame: Syria after the game fell foul of its policies on apps that “target a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity”.

British developer Auroch Digital developed the game as part of its GameTheNews initiative, which creates games based on topical news subjects. Endgame: Syria is based on the conflict in Syria, and is already available on Android.

“We had hoped that Apple would be more nuanced in how they applied this rule but we got a bit worried when it had been in submission for around two weeks without a decision,” says designer Tomas Rawlings.

“We then figured that because of the controversy of using the gaming medium to cover an ongoing war meant passing the game had become an issue for them.”

Auroch is now working on changes to the game to get it through the approval process and onto the App Store, even though Rawlings fears this will mean the developer has to “strip some of the meaning and context from it to pass Apple’s submission process and that is not ideal”.

That said, Endgame: Syria is also available as an HTML5 browser game that will run on iOS devices, which people can play to get its full experience and message.