Commodore 64 iPhone app approved, then pulled

Many moons ago, a developer’s attempt to recapture the glory of youth and technology in the 1980s was blocked by the arcane rules of the App Store. Manomio had created Commodore 64 for iPhone, an iPhone application that ran classic games from the computer platform, like Dragons Den and Jupiter Lander, complete with the required licensing for the material from Commodore Gaming.

Alas, the iPhone SDK agreement prohibits programs from running their own code interpreter, and so it seemed like Commodore 64 would never get off the ground. Still, Manomio kept at it, determined to bring sweet, sweet 8-bit retro joy to all, and they managed to tweak the app enough to get it into the store—for a little while.

Unfortunately, one of the sticking points of the original program was that it contained a BASIC interpreter, where users could enter their own code. While this functionality wasn’t exposed in the version that made it into the store, turns out it could be enabled through some hokery-pokery.

Apple’s constantly vigilant Extreme iPhone App Squad caught wind of this Easter egg and, to little surprise, the Commodore 64 app has been pulled from the store. Manomio says they’ve made the necessary adjustments and resubmitted the application, so sit tight and cross your fingers for some James Bond 007 action.

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