A gaming app that had led a double life has been removed from the App Store. The JungleRunner 2k21 app seemed like a breeze with basic graphics and animations. However, the app contained a great secret that was only known to those who live in certain countries or who use a VPN with an iOS device.
These @Appstore The app pretends to be a silly platform game for kids ages 4+, but if I set my VPN to Turkey and restart it becomes an online casino that doesn’t even use Apple’s IAP.
– Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) April 15, 2021
As Kosta points out, the app is free and since most people believe the app store can be trusted, they will install the app anyway. As usual, the comments and reviews tell the real story while users complain that they didn’t get the big bonuses they were promised. Eleftheriou says this app has been on the app store for months and the developer has another app that does the same thing as this one.
This fake picture was used to promote JungleRunner 2k21. There was no story on CNN and there are no CNN Turks
It appears that Apple has removed JungleRunner 2k21 from the US App Store. The developer apparently relied on the App Store’s reputation for privacy and security to attract users. In addition to Turkey, the online casino also appeared in other countries, including Italy.