Robert Nay, Boy Genius

Robert Nay is fourteen years old. Why is that significant? Because he just single-handedly invented and designed “Bubble Ball”, the iPhone game that knocked “Angry Birds” from the top download spot. A self-taught programmer, “Bubble Ball” has been downloaded over 2 million times since December 29th, when it launched in the AppStore.

Here’s a great write-up on Robert from All Things Digital:

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. […] 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.

Support Robert and check out his company website, Nay Games.

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