Omnibus FAQ

This document lists frequently asked questions about our new omnibus apps for iPhone and iPad.

What is an omnibus app?

An omnibus app is a new way to play our games on iPhone and iPad: a single app that collects all of our Choice of Games titles in one place.

We also have a single app that collects our Hosted Games titles in one place.

Will you make an omnibus app for Android (the "Google Play Store")?

We might make an omnibus for Android sometime in the future, but we don’t have any immediate plans to do that. We'll continue to release separate apps for Android.

(We'll have to wait and see how popular the iOS omnibus is before we try it on Android.)

Will you make an omnibus app for Steam?

Never say never, but we expect that we'll continue to release separate games for Steam for the foreseeable future.

Will new games be available in a separate app or in the omnibus?

In the future, new games for iPhone and iPad will be available only in the omnibus, and not as separate apps. We'll continue to release separate apps for Android and Steam.

Apple has asked us to stop delivering iOS games as separate apps, and to release future  games in an omnibus, instead.

Why does Apple require Choice of Games to deliver an omnibus app?

The App Store review team has decided to reject future app submissions from Choice of Games. The review team told us that they believe that our apps are in violation of rule 4.3 according to the App Store Review Guidelines. Rule 4.3 reads as follows:

4.3 Spam

Don’t create multiple Bundle IDs of the same app. If your app has different versions for specific locations, sports teams, universities, etc., consider submitting a single app and provide the variations using in-app purchase. Also avoid piling on to a category that is already saturated; the App Store has enough fart, burp, flashlight, and Kama Sutra apps already. Spamming the store may lead to your removal from the Developer Program.

Apple has told us that our separate game apps are "too similar" to one another, which makes them spam, and so we'll have to consolidate all future Apple releases into an omnibus app.

We disagreed with this decision in a phone call with a member of the App Store review team, but Apple held firm. We now have to abide by this ruling in order to deliver future apps to iPhone and iPad users.

Apple does not require us to delete any of our existing apps. They'll all keep working as they always have.

If I purchase/purchased a game as a separate app, can I play it in the omnibus?

Not yet. You can keep your separate app purchases just as they are. In the future, we'd like to provide a way to transfer app purchases into the omnibus.

If I purchase a game on choiceofgames.com, can I play it in the omnibus?

Yes. Open the game in the omnibus, tap the Upgrade button, then tap the "restore purchases" link. You'll need to sign in with your Apple ID and then sign in with your choiceofgames.com email address and password to use your purchase in the omnibus.

If I purchase a game in the omnibus, can I play it on choiceofgames.com?

Not yet. For now, App Store purchases can't be transferred to our web site, but we'd like to implement that feature in the future.

Can I play games offline in the omnibus app?

Yes! We know our users like that, and we want you to continue to be able to play our games offline.

To play offline, just start playing a game in the app, then go offline. (You can try it yourself using Airplane Mode.)

Will the omnibus app take up more space on my phone or tablet?

It shouldn’t! If you purchase games in the omnibus app, then–much like having more individual apps on your device–it will use more space on your device.

Will the omnibus app have Game Center achievements?

No. While achievements will still be a part of each game we release, they will not be stored in the Game Center.

Each app in the App Store is limited to 100 Game Center achievements. Each of our games has dozens of achievements, which is too many to be supported in a single app.

Can I rate and review games inside the omnibus app?

Not yet! It’s a feature we hope to add soon.

Can I search for games by title, author, and genre in the omnibus?

Not yet! It’s a feature we hope to add soon.

Can I sort games by title, author, release date, etc. in the omnibus?

Not yet! It’s a feature we hope to add soon.