Pipe Trouble developer Pop Sandbox Production and Publishing was accused of advocating eco-terrorism in its mobile strategy game. Following an independent review of the claims, the title has now been cleared for release on iOS and Android devices.
The game saw players laying down an oil pipeline while dealing with sabotage attempts and managing resources, all set across a colourful, charming backdrop. Regardless, the game – sponsored by Canadian network TV Ontario – initially appeared on the broadcaster’s site but it was discovered that players had the ability to blow up pipelines in-game. The option garnered nation-wide attention, causing the network to pull Pipe Trouble offline.
Following independent review, a panel threw out the claims and issued a statement on the matter which read, “Pipe Trouble does not support, glamorize or advocate violence in any way … Pipe Trouble is not a game about blowing up pipelines. It is a game about building pipelines. To succeed, players must pit their spatial ability and speed against economics, regulations, efficiency, the environment and yes, sabotage. The game is designed to make you think and it does.”
As a result, the game has now been cleared for release on iTunes and Google Play. You can pick it up now, or try it for free at the Pipe Trouble site.