PopCap’s 4th & Battery Creates 9-Year-Old’s Game

A 10-year-old kid had an idea for a video game. Long story short — PopCap Games made it.

Technically, it was PopCap’s more experimentally inclined studio, 4th & Battery, that took on the game design of Owain Weinert, a nine-year-old with an idea for a Plants vs. Zombies-like castle defense title. The game, Allied Star Police, is currently free for the iPad and iPhone in Apple’s iTunes App Store. Download it right here.

Star Police has three levels, each with a different difficulty setting. Throughout the game, players earn money over time and for making kills against the enemy. That money is applied to deploying several vehicles to side-scrolling “lanes,” where they engage with enemy land vehicles. The goal is to keep buying the different brands of vehicles as quickly and strategically as possible in order to overcome the enemy force and destroy its base.

Owain and 4th & Battery were brought together by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska and Washington, and the result was a free mobile title that’s quite a bit of fun. Since you don’t have to pay for the game, and because it’s quite a quality little title, consider making a donation to Owain’s Army at its website, www.caringbridge.org/visit/owainsarmy.

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