I'd say the coolest thing about Bubble Ball is not so much that it has beaten Angry Birds to be the Top Free iPhone App as of today but the fact that it was actually created by a 14 year old boy.
During the past two weeks, "Bubble Ball" has been downloaded more than 2 million times. Last Thursday, it knocked the ultra-popular 'Angry Birds' from the #1 spot to become the new top free game for iPhone and iPod Touch in iTunes store.
The game's creator, 14 year-old Robert Nay with his mom, Kari Nay (Credit: Nay Games)
"I was pretty astonished," shares Robert about Bubble Ball's success. "When I released it, I didn't think it would do so well."
Let me tell you why it's doing well: It's doing well because it's good. If you want to know how the game works, check out this short demo video I recorded this morning --
The game gets harder as you progress through the levels.
AllThingsDigital shares the story of how Bubble Ball came to be;
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.
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
Kudos to Robert's mom for being supportive.
It's true, I guess. Behind every child wonder is at least one parent who believes.