So not only is the Marketplace getting filled with garbage left and right but it turns out that Microsoft has denied app certification for a port of a popular iPhone entertainment app called Finger Cut. The iPhone version of the app is simple enough – there’s a spinning blade on the screen and tapping the screen kicks off blood with sound effects. Apple notes it contains “Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes” and “Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence”. Here’s a video of it in action if you can stomach cartoon violence:
Man I really thought that guy was going to lose a finger to his iPhone, right?
Anyway, Herm’s Software (which has over 20 Windows Phone apps already) had submitted their take on Finger Cut for Windows Phone 7. You can see a screen shot above. The result? App certification denial for violence:
Yeah so Microsoft encourages devs to write popular iPhone apps for Windows Phone and then when you do it on a clear novelty app they deny app certification. This is happening while the Marketplace is being filled with spam apps left and right.
I know this app isn’t the end all app but it holds a decent spot in the App Store so you’d suspect that it would do fine for Windows Phones as well (yes, as a free app). There’s so much irony here it can’t be lost.
And so we’re all clear, I did reach out to Brandon Watson on behalf of Herm and in over two weeks have not received a response. The hope was to resolve this without using the site to post about their nonsense app certification process, but alas, here we are.