How did a 14 year old boy make an iPhone app?!     

Do you know the game Bubble Ball? With over 3,000,000 (three million) downloads chances are, you already know. This game is basically “use physics to try to get a ball to the finish line”. The game Bubble Ball was actually created by a 14-year-old 8th grade boy named Robert Nay.

Nay invented the game using a library computer in Utah. He taught himself using books in the library. His mom helped by making some of the puzzles but mostly Robert Nay did it on his own. It took a little over 6 weeks to make 6,000 lines of code…and finally he made Bubble Ball. As soon as it was in the Apple app store in December 22, 2010, it quickly became the game of the week.

His idea to make this iPhone app game came from his classmate’s dad’s suggestion that he should try to make an app for the Apple app store. The app soon was a huge success and Robert was delighted. He did not think his game would do so well. The game is free so he gets his money by charging money through in-app purchases. Nay is currently working on a new game but he will not share any details of his new top-secret project. In the future he wants to make more levels for Bubble Ball so get ready to play some more awesome Nay games.


By Kai Kuwata. Kai is a 10-year-old journalist covering Child Entrepreneurship for Jumpstart. He enjoys soccer, badminton, playing with his sisters and playing with Battle Spirits cards. His favorite subject is Science, so he also can be found spending time looking at stuff through his microscope. Kai resides in Tai Po, Hong Kong.

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