14 year-old's Bubble Ball is #1 iTunes app; shoots down Angry Birds

Suddenly popular Bubble Ball game strikes a chord with the “physics-minded”

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Defined as a " fun, new physics puzzle game,"  Bubble Ball is the new iTunes free app champion beating out the ever-popular Angry Birds and other big time apps from the likes of Facebook and Skype. The game has racked up some 2 million downloads.

A little background in case you haven't heard of the game, from the iTunes website:  "The game will test your ingenuity and thinking skills to get the bubble to the goal. Use the pieces and powerups provided, and come up with creative solutions! There are two types of pieces, wood and metal. Wood pieces are affected by gravity when you hit Start, while metal ones stay where you placed them. Use powerups to give the bubble speed boosts and even reverse gravity! Don't like the blue bubble? Make it a different color! Don't want to start at the beginning? You can skip around to your liking and jump right into the 21 exciting levels. A great game to test your logical thinking skills, and to play whenever you're bored!"

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A 14-year-old Utah boy, Robert Nay created Bubble Ball in his bedroom, learning to code the game from a library book, according to reports.

Form the Guardian.com site: "According to Carlos Icaza - the co-founder of Ansca Mobile, the company which makes the software developer's kit that Nay used, Bubble Ball quickly "brought the entire staff to a halt". The key, he told ABC, was the game's apparent straightforwardness. "Because it's so simple, I think I can beat it," he said. "You go 'yeah right', and then you realize there's a lot of little tricks to make this actually work." Ten days ago, Ansca chose Bubble Ball as its app of the week and it began creeping up the apps ladder. Having dispatched the Angry Birds with vulpine ferocity, Nay is now giving some thought to his future. Not surprisingly, he is keen to work in computing and is thinking of ways to make money from his talent. The next download, he said, would probably be one that smartphone users had to pay for. But when asked for more detail on how he might outdo the success, and addictiveness, of Bubble Ball, he remained cagey: "It's a secret for now.'"

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