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Old 2022-01-07, 03:22
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Do we know why the iOS version of LBA 1 is off the app store?

Hello! It’s been a while since I posted here.

I’m just wondering if the developer has said anything about why the game is not on the app store anymore?

It’s weird to me because it seems to run just fine on modern devises. I just played through it on my M1 iPad without problems at least.

Just curious.
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Old 2022-01-08, 17:00
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Maybe it went against their new TOS of being a good christian with family values and being an obedient citizen.
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Old 2022-01-08, 20:28
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My theory on why it has disappeared (on iOS and Android) is rights issues. For LBA 3 development to begin some rights changed hands and it is a completely new company developing LBA 3. Maybe this change meant that DotEmu no longer has the rights to profit from the franchise.
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Old 2022-01-09, 08:31
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Here's a statement on this from Ben (Benoît Limare) of [2.21] on their official Discord:
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We removed the game from the Android and iOS stores a few days ago as it wasn’t maintain by DotEmu and we didn’t plan to maintain it further. We focus on PC & Consoles. Sorry for the inconvenience


If you ever got LBA from Humble Bundle while it was available you can still get it from there. It's only Android however and is no longer available for purchase. Other than alreayd having bought it there's not many legal options available. Ben also stated the code belongs to DotEmu, which no doubt complicates things.

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Maybe it went against their new TOS of being a good christian with family values and being an obedient citizen.
That said, I want this to be the real reason.




Oh and here's a key for the new release of LBA 1 on Itch.io, grab it while it's hot: itch.io/get-rSAT99DfwpxJ
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Old 2022-01-09, 17:36
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The volatile nature of programs with DRM worries me deeply.
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Old 2022-01-09, 18:32
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The volatile nature of programs with DRM worries me deeply.
drm?

do re mi?
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Old 2022-01-09, 20:04
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The games were pulled by 2.21 as they were nolonger being updated by DotEMU
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Old 2022-01-10, 00:28
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drm?

do re mi?
Digital Rights Management. Basically what prevents from copying software, ebooks, DVDs, etc. that you bought.
At worse it can cripple your system due to its invasive nature, at worse, it's still a limitation to the use of your rightful property.
You can for example loose access to a game you bought, because it gets removed from the servers, and it's not possible to make any copies

Seriously though, I've been buying all my games from GoG and keeping offline installers on an external drive for a few years now. I also have an installer for Android LBA from Humble Bundle, along with a copy of the files that the game tries to download when you first launch it.
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Old 2022-01-10, 11:58
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Ah I see! Thanks for giving me the actual answer

That’s really sad though because it’s such a good game. I actually prefer playing it on my iPad too. The controls are way better than controls on the PC version in my opinion. And the game runs perfectly on newer devices too! The only small issue is that it’s not as wide as the screen in on my iPad Pro, but that does not bother me at all.
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Old 2022-01-10, 15:41
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Nothing sad about it, they basically just told you it's no longer sold and you can feel free to pirate it, read between the lines
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Old 2022-01-13, 02:55
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Ah I see! Thanks for giving me the actual answer

That’s really sad though because it’s such a good game. I actually prefer playing it on my iPad too. The controls are way better than controls on the PC version in my opinion. And the game runs perfectly on newer devices too! The only small issue is that it’s not as wide as the screen in on my iPad Pro, but that does not bother me at all.
Wait, I'm afraid I understood correctly... You bought it, but can't even access it on the store anymore ??

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Nothing sad about it, they basically just told you it's no longer sold and you can feel free to pirate it, read between the lines
Oh good, let me upload it to the forum then
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Old 2022-01-14, 18:58
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I actually asked Ben from 2.21 if we were able to upload the apk file, and he said no because they didn't have permission from DotEMU... but y'know... DotEmu aren't updating it, and 2.21 have no interest in maintaining it, so I doubt anybody will care if it's posted.
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Old 2022-01-17, 00:38
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I thought DotEmu went bankrupt a few years ago or something...

*checks*

Huh, website's still here, still lists LBA as buyable from Google play, Apple app store, steam and Amazon app store
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Old 2022-01-18, 12:23
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Wait, I'm afraid I understood correctly... You bought it, but can't even access it on the store anymore ??



Oh good, let me upload it to the forum then
Sorry for the late reply, I’m not here very often.

I can access it since I bought it. I just meant that it’s sad that no one else can get it anymore.
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Old 2022-01-18, 12:24
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I thought DotEmu went bankrupt a few years ago or something...

*checks*

Huh, website's still here, still lists LBA as buyable from Google play, Apple app store, steam and Amazon app store
Either they took it down in my region only, or that website has not been up dated after the game was taken down.

Edit: yeah when I go to the website and tap on the App Store button, which normally opens the App Store page for the specific app you wanted, I just get a message saying can’t connect to the App Store. It’s what happens with all the apps that are taken down.
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Old 2022-01-20, 02:12
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I wonder if it's off the Amazon one as well though...

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Sorry for the late reply, I’m not here very often.

I can access it since I bought it. I just meant that it’s sad that no one else can get it anymore.
Oh okay, that makes it somewhat better
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