The game, entitled 'Liyla and the Shadows of War,' was created by Gazan game creator Rasheed Abueideh and claims to be based on actual events of life in the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.
In this smartphone game you will need to save a young Gazan girl from falling IDF missiles, solve puzzles and avoid obstacles to survive the war. According to the designer, he created the game in order to share what he felt during the war with the entire world and how he felt he needed to save his daughters from the falling missiles, which in the game attempt to destroy every building and every person indiscriminately. Sara Cohen, chairperson of the Israeli right-wing 'My Israel' movement, lashed out against the game for promoting the "delegitimization of the State of Israel." She added that while the game does not directly incite hate or violence it creates a biased one-sided view of the Gaza war and has called for people to rate the game as low as possible and flag it as inappropriate, Channel 2 reported. The game has been so far downloaded over 100,000 times from the Google Play Store and is rated 4.7 out of 5. While the game has been well received in the Muslim world, critics in the gaming world have spoken out against the developer for seemingly stealing the graphics of the game as well as its 'broken and poorly executed game play.' Upon the games initial release Apple rejected the game being placed in its game category.
I just played Liyla, a game based on actual events in Gaza. It's a chilling experience. @Liylawar— A. David Lewis (@adlewis) September 3, 2016
Unfortunately Apple rejected the game as a game,they say its not game,it has a political statement.#indiedev #games pic.twitter.com/1zRjNMv77M— Liyla (@Liylawar) May 18, 2016