14-Year-Old Dethrones Angry Birds in the iTunes Free Column

Angry Birds has been at the top of the Free Apps column on the iTunes App Store for quite a while — until now.

A 14-year-old amateur app developer from Spanish Forks, Utah, has ousted Rovio Mobile’s unstoppable casual gaming monster with a super-simple physics puzzler called Bubble Ball for the iPhone. According to an ABC News report, the game has been downloaded 2 million times since it was released on Dec. 29. The game knocked out Angry Birds when it received 400,000 downloads on Jan. 13.

Robert Nay started Nay Games out of his local library, where he checked out some books on programming, found himself a physics engine, and basically created the game. It’s pretty simple and emulates a lot of other physics puzzlers, games like Finger Physics: Thumb Wars that have you building a path to get a ball from Point A to Point B. Bubble Ball lets you drag and drop objects onto the screen to form the path with some pre-existing platforms and so on, and you can rotate them by tapping.

Nay’s already working on another “secret” game, probably to capitalize on the $2 million he could have earned if he’d charged just a buck for Bubble Ball. On the other hand, though, it’s quite probable the little game’s success is directly attributable to its free price.

Still, it’s a solid piece of work that includes some smart aspects, like puzzles that demand changing gravity. It’s challenging for having been invented by a 14-year-0ld (no offense, Mr. Nay), and infuriating in the way that only physics puzzlers can be.

Via Yahoo News.

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