iPhone’s Top Free Game Developed By 8th Grader

Bubble Ball, an application the App store describes as “a fun, new physics puzzle game,” is one of the hottest free apps around. It ‘s been downloaded millions of times, has ousted Angry Birds from its #1 spot on iTune’s list of free games, and was named Ansca Mobile’s top application for the week of January 9th . So just who developed this popular game? A team of professional developers? Silicon Valley superstars? No, that would be Robert Nay, a 14-year-old eighth grader from Spanish Fork, Utah.    

"I was pretty astonished," Nay said on Good Morning America Weekend. "When I released it, I didn't think it would do so well."

Debuting on December 29, 2010, Bubble Ball has attracted over 2 million downloads in a little over 2 weeks. The teenager started building the game after his friends encouraged him to give it a try, and he used Ansca Mobile's Corona SDK (a software developer's kit) to develop it. The process took Nay a little over one month and the middle schooler created the game completely on his own. It took a team of 17 developers to create Angry Birds, by the way.

So what’s next for this superstar developer who built his first website in the 3rd grade? Other than earning the usual straight As or playing the piano, mandolin, and trumpet, Nay is working on a new game, for which he will probably charge, but the boy wonder isn’t offering any details.

“It’s a secret for now,” he said.

And think, Robert Nay wasn’t even raised by a Chinese Tiger Mother.

Source: ABC


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