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Bubble Ball edges out Angry Birds Lite, reaches 2M mark on iTunes

A 14-year old who built his first website in third grade, has developed a game that is topping the free charts in the Apple store.

Robert Nay
 of Spanish Fork, Utah, an eighth-grader who spends his free time helping others with computers, is the creator of "Bubble Ball." 

The physics simulator game allows players to use objects and gravity to maneuver a ball through 21 levels using geometric pieces.   The app has become so popular that it has now surpassed Angry Birds Lite as the most downloaded free game.  In the past couple of weeks, the app has been downloaded more than two million times.  

After a suggestion from friends that he try his hand at programming his own video game, Nay researched game design and development at the Spanish Fork Public Library.  He spent over a month writing more than 4,000 lines of code, using Corona SDK tools from Ansca Mobile, to build the smartphone app.  The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

The young programmer said that he is surprised by the game's success.

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

Nay has reportedly made plans to create virtual goods and in-app purchases, as well as add more levels to "Bubble Ball".

The CEO of Nay Games also likes reading and playing the piano and trumpet in his spare time.

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He should have charged a dollar for it...
By MrBlastman on 1/18/2011 11:11:19 AM , Rating: 5
Good for him... impressive, actually. If anything, it will give him motivation to make bigger and better things. It also won't look bad on his college applications.

RE: He should have charged a dollar for it...
By vol7ron on 1/18/2011 11:37:07 AM , Rating: 4
kids are so stupid... he should create a paid version :)

RE: He should have charged a dollar for it...
By Master Kenobi on 1/20/2011 5:22:30 PM , Rating: 2
Kids have not yet learned the lesson the almighty dollar teaches us. Give him a few more years once his parents are no longer paying his bills.

RE: He should have charged a dollar for it...
By ipay on 1/24/2011 6:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'm 100% with all of you.
No one gets rich buy making something free.

Even though he spent only 1 month of his yearly years making a game (which is a copy of other physic type games and not so well implemented, but it appears people can't turn down something free) and now he's newsworthy and some companies have offered him a job.

Oh, and by the way, FaceF#&kingBook...

By Dean364 on 1/25/2011 3:50:25 PM , Rating: 3
I hate Facebook. It's the new AOL.

By Souka on 1/27/2011 7:35:30 PM , Rating: 2
Oh rly?
Nay has reportedly made plans to create virtual goods and in-app purchases

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