Ninja Turtles Sneak Past Apple Regulators

By Alastair Stevenson on October 4, 2011, 3:41AM EDT

Apple has published a game for its iPhone that illegally uses the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trademark, leading to fresh controversy regarding its "strict" app screening process.

The bootleg Ninja Turtles app was reportedly made by Vietnamese developer Dang Van Phuong and sold on the Apple app store for around $5. Issues regarding the app's use of the TMNT brand later emerged when a number of app store customers issued complaints alleging the imagery marketed it as an official Ninja Turtles game.

Further reports subsequently emerged clarifying that, outside of the main splash image, the game itself had nothing to do with the popular TMNT brand. "I bought this game for my grandson, he loves the TMNT!! This game has no directions we can't figure out how to play, or even how to restart the game. There aren't any turtles in the game. A total waste of $5," read one review.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand is currently owned by Nickelodeon, which is currently developing a series for release in 2013. The company has not yet released any statement regarding the illegal TMNT iPhone game.

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