This, ladies and gentlemen, may be a bit of a cautionary tale. Last week, Cookie Run (쿠키런) for Kakao mysteriously disappeared from the US App Store. As a free-to-play game with in-app purchases, of which my daughter and I have made in the past, the lack of information is concerning. The game is rendered completely unplayable for anyone using the “for Kakao” network on a US iTunes account.
Update: It’s been confirmed as removed from the Canadian and United Kingdom App Store, as well.
In its place is LINE Cookie Run. There’s a good chance that Devsisters, the Cookie Run developer licensed the game out for use in the United States. That’s all fine and dandy for those in the new market, but it also leaves users such as myself on the outside looking in.
While it’s safe to assume this affects a very small percentage of the estimated 120,000 United States citizens living in South Korea, I know of a handful of people that are pissed right now with no way to vent. I’m sure those people know others, what with this being a social game and all. I’m here to give a voice for the voiceless. Cookie Run for Kakao is one of my daily games. I’ve been playing it on and off for about two years, now, and have written about it a couple of times. It’s immensely popular with children and adults alike in South Korea.
Cookie Run went largely ignored in the United States and other Western countries under its Oven Break 2 moniker. It was removed from the App Store back in December 2013, but it received a final update that didn’t complete break the game via its removal.
If you can’t update Cookie Run for Kakao for the same reason, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.
I’ve reached out to Devsisters, the Korean developer behind Cookie Run, hoping for answers. If that doesn’t work, I’ve got nothing better to do this weekend than hit up their Gangnam office demanding some answers.
Update 2: I’ve tried contacting Devsisters via Twitter, Facebook, their app support channel, and via phone. It’s worth noting that passive aggression (and blatantly ignoring people) is actually culturally acceptable here in South Korea. This week, I’m enlisting the help of a Korean-speaking co-worker for a little help in this matter. Hopefully, we can get a response.
Update 3: As Maggie mentioned in the comment section, you can delete and re-install through the App Store to get the latest update as a workaround.
To do this, delete the app. Then, in the App Store, go to the Updates tab. At the top, click “Purchased >” and scroll through until you find Cookie Run for Kakao. It should have the iCloud icon next to it.
Be advised, this will only work until the next required update, at which time you’ll need to go through this process again.Tweet
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