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14-year-old kid is the developer behind the #1 free app in the App Store

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14-year-old kid is the developer behind the #1 free app in the App Store

Last week a curious puzzler app called Bubble Ball topped the free apps list in the App Store and dethroned Angry Birds. And unlike most successful titles, this one doesn't have a team of highly paid programmers. Actually, there is no team, just one person. Its creator is probably one of the youngest programming talents out there – he is just 14 years old.


14-year-old kid is the developer behind the #1 free app in the App Store
Eight grader Robert Nay spent a couple of hours every day for more than a month developing the application, which has been downloaded over two million times in two weeks. The code reached 4,000 lines in length, but it was not only about length – it was about willpower also as young Nay overcame moments when he thought that finishing the game was “impossible.” The original concept and everything except for the design of a couple of levels belongs to the kid, according to his mother.


The prodigy came up with the idea and then found out about Ansca Mobile's Corona SDK in the public library, which aided the development. Don't be too surprised – Robert Nay built his first website in third grade. And he promises that his fame will not be short lived as a new app is in the works, but this time it will not be free. Well, the first million is the hardest they say, but Nay is on his way of proving everyone wrong... at 14 years old.


source: iTunes via ABC


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posted on 18 Jan 2011, 10:08

1. someone out there (unregistered)


RESPECT !!!

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 20:58

15. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


Good on ya child!

that game is fun. but quick.


add more levels buddy!

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 11:57

2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


hell yeah! more power to ya kid!

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 12:05

3. skymitch89 (Posts: 1097; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


DAMN!! You go kid!!!

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 12:54

4. jaabubby (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


That's great! Kudos to Robert!

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 14:23

5. baztah (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Damn. Wow!

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 14:37

6. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Future apple CEO. LOL!

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 15:52

7. xq10xa (Posts: 137; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


ide bang his mom.

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 16:03

8. stuntz (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i know she's soo fine!

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 17:35 2

12. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


Where's the pic of his mom? All i see is the pic of the kid and his dad.

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 21:13

16. stuntz (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh shit... rotfl

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 16:08

9. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


Um... check your resources... primarily the market... the game doesn't exsist. The only bubble ball free in the market is Korean and has two stars.... not exactly what this article advertises.

Did you think we wouldn't look for the top game?

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 16:16

10. downphoenix (Posts: 2373; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I dare the kid to port to Android. Cant wait to see that happen and users griping about it not working on their phone.

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 18:53

14. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


its on android im stuck on lvl 14 so I quit

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 17:32

11. ookeeah (unregistered)


he wasted 10 miinutes of my life, yes i beat it in 10 minutes and deleted it. worthless. sorry

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 18:25

13. ItsAboutRespect (unregistered)


@ookeeah -- But yet, you downloaded it and helped him reach his millionth mark.

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 15:47

17. downphoenix (Posts: 2373; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Yea, this game is pretty terrible, at least on Android, trying to pick up the pieces to move them and tapping to rotate is awkward and the physics are not very reliable.

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 16:53

19. C. (unregistered)


People do something better in your live, read books, go the parks, enjoy with your family or any other things. The live it's not just download games from Android or iOS, people get a life and come back to the reality.

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