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

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

Last week a curious puzzler app calledBubble Ball topped the free apps list in the App Store anddethroned Angry Birds. And unlike most successful titles, this onedoesn't have a team of highly paid programmers. Actually, there is noteam, just one person. Its creator is probably one of the youngestprogramming talents out there – he is just 14 years old.

Eight grader Robert Nay spent acouple of hours every day for more than a month developing theapplication, which has been downloaded over two million times in twoweeks. The code reached 4,000 lines in length, but it was notonly about length – it was about willpower also as young Nayovercame moments when he thought that finishing the game was“impossible.” The original concept and everything except for thedesign of a couple of levels belongs to the kid, according to hismother.

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

source: iTunes via ABC

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1. someone out there unregistered


15. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

Good on ya child! that game is fun. but quick. add more levels buddy!

2. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

hell yeah! more power to ya kid!

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

DAMN!! You go kid!!!

4. jaabubby

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

That's great! Kudos to Robert!

5. baztah

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Damn. Wow!

6. Allday28

Posts: 340; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Future apple CEO. LOL!

7. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

ide bang his mom.

8. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i know she's soo fine!

12. heyitzme

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

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

16. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh shit... rotfl

9. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 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?

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

14. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

its on android im stuck on lvl 14 so I quit

11. ookeeah unregistered

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

13. ItsAboutRespect unregistered

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

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

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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