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14-Year-Old Creates iPhone Game 'Bubble Ball'; Beats ‘Angry Birds’ Out Of Top Spot

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January 18th, 2011

Angry Birds game app, as addictive as Facebook, took 17 people to put together. Bubble Ball is a game that was created on December 29, 2010 by 14-year-old Robert Nay.

Robert is just an eight grader living in Spanish Fork, Utah. How is it that a 17-person company which is based in Finland can create a game that became the most played in such a short time get beat out of top spot by a 14-year-old’s program?

You see, Robert in the 3rd grade thought himself how to program and create his very first website. He now runs Nay Games which launched the iOS version of Angry Birds. The games popularity has skyrocketed.

ABS News reported,

"during the past two weeks, his free game 'Bubble Ball' has been downloaded more than 2 million times."

Even Good Morning America touched on this young genius’ creation. There’s even an Android version for the app now. All Things Digital also briefly reported on how Robert generated the skills needed to create the app.

Some months back, a friend suggested that if Nay liked his iPod touch so much, perhaps he should try his hand at programming for it. At first he tried the standard Objective-C programming tools, but found the learning curve a little steep. He tried another tool called GameSalad, but didn't like the results. In the end, he settled on the Corona tools from Ansca Mobile. Corona was easy to use, he said, and also let him write once and publish for both Apple and Android devices. [...]
Robert's mom, Kari Nay, drew some of the levels of the game, though Robert did all the coding. Kari Nay also handles the business tasks, such as submitting the apps to the App Store and Android marketplaces.

[via HuffPost]

by Mila Braz

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