Bioshock is one of the greatest games of the last generation. A spiritual successor to Looking Glass Studios’ System Shock, Bioshock deftly managed to combine a unique setting, tight mechanics, and one of the most memorable twists in gaming – and did all that while waxing philosphically about Objectivism and providing one of the most powerful commentaries on player agency that the medium has ever seen.
Originally released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Bioshock eventually saw a release on iOS for mobile gamers. By all accounts, it was a pretty impressive port – its visuals somewhat degraded, but otherwise a faithful translation of one of the best gaming experiences money can buy. Unfortunately, it’s now unavailable.
“I understand you’re having issues with Bioshock for mobile gaming,” a representative for Bioshock publisher 2K Games told one frustrated fan in an email. “Unfortunately, you are correct we don’t currently have this game for mobile gaming anymore, which I know can be frustrating. The removal of the game was a developer decision. This happens occasionally, but thankfully not often.
“I’m terrible sorry for this, if you purchased Bioshock for iOS and you would like a refund, Apple will be of great assistance. Since the transaction wasn’t completed through us, we can not perform a full refund back to you. However you will be able to complete a refund with Apple. They will be able to do this for you.
“Again, I’m terrible sorry for this experience, but I hope that Apple can clear this up for you as soon as possible.”
Nic Bunce explored Bioshock‘s impact – and its game-changing twist – back in February 2014. “As gamers we often stop and see a large enemy guarding a treasure,” Nic wrote in his Defining Moments: Bioshock piece. “We’ll do an ammo count and realize we don’t have the bullets to take down a foe. Do we let it live, or do we scour the level for a few more bullets because we’re close to getting an upgraded ability? In Bioshock you’re supposed to be a slave to the game, so you take on a Big Daddy. You kill it and you take the Adam, because what other choice do you have?
“A man chooses. A slave obeys.“