The war in Afghanistan has stretched for 17 years. The measures against the Taliban have embarked on the generations of American officials and have become a modern conflict and historical. Among the best ways to get acquainted with this war is through the well-known Slitherine strategy game Afghanistan & # 39; 11.
Unfortunately, Apple decided to remove this address from the App Store. In an email sent to Slitherin, a software and hardware giant called a game that shows "a particular government or other real entity as enemies". The game was excluded on the same day.
Apple's decision, which came more than a year after the sale of the iOS device, shocked the publishers.
"Historical rigor is the fundamental key to DNA Slitherine and Matrix Games," wrote Paulo Paglianti, Worldwide Press Officer, Slitherine, in Polygon's e-mail. "We never imagined an" enemy "for our own [ethnic] of origin. Our [games] are based on history and we are always trying to show realistic historical situations. "
The decision is even more embarrassing than the fact that the purpose of the game is not to destroy the enemy force but to strategically support Afghan civilians. Here is Paglianti:
Afghanistan & # 39; 11 is probably the only time that has ever been made, where killing an enemy is not the main goal of the game. The real goal of the player is to enchant and assist the Afghan civilian population, persuade local leaders to support the US military and reject Taliban gentlemen. In fact, the anti-lock engine works just like in the military strategy of "Hearts and Minds" in real life: killing an enemy does not lead you anywhere, building water resources or dismantling minefields is a way to "win" each scenario and the entire campaign. The main goal of the campaign is to build a strong and independent government of Afghanistan and leave the country with all its army.
Polygon reached a comment on Apple.
This is not the first time Apple has chosen to remove historical wargames from its store. In 2015, the company decided to temporarily suspend the sale of civil war games with the flag of the States of the Confederation of America. Headlines like Final General: Gettysburg in the end they were restored.
It is also unclear why Apple has chosen a game involving US forces and the Taliban. Other historical wargames with real fighters who are still in the App Store include:
Afghanistan & # 39; 11 is still available for other platforms, including Windows PC via Steam.