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Angry Birds Usurped By 14-Year-Old Boy Atop Free Apps Chart

Posted by Blake Grundman on January 19th, 2011
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Thinking back as far as I can remember, I can't even begin to recall a time where Angry Birds were not dominating the top position on all of the App Store's Top 25 Lists.  Regardless of whether you prefer the free or full version, it is safe to assume that is has graced the home page of virtually every iOS device in existence.  For this simple reason, the application has had a choke-hold on the lists seemingly forever.  Well, at least that was the case until last Thursday.

On that fateful day in January, a seemingly unknown app by the name of Bubble Ball rocketed to the top of the Free App List, bouncing Angry Birds Seasons Free from atop its lofty post.  For any developer this would be a feat of momentous significance, but it is even more impressive when you further examine Bubble Ball's developer, Nay Games.  While big name studios have the budget to throw scores of experienced developers at one specific project, Nay Games is comprised of a mother/son duo, of which the lead designer and programmer isn't even old enough to apply for a driver's license.

At only fourteen years old, upstart programmer Robert Nay has managed to prove that as long as you have an original idea, you can become an overnight success as a developer on the iOS platform.  So, how many downloads does it take to top the Free Apps list?  How about 1.5 million downloads since the game launched on December 29th, and a staggering 400,000 on that special Thursday where the App Store stood still.

And don't worry about the team over at Nay Games not seeing any profit from this Bubble Ball adventure, because Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat.com is reporting that they already have plans in the works for patching in monetized microtransactions soon.

This has to be one of the best "feel good" stories of the new year, so why not give Bubble Ball a download for yourself and see what all the hype is about?  1.5 million downloads can't be wrong!


Image Credit: Venture Beat

FrEEday, Volume 29

Posted by Chris Nitz on January 14th, 2011

Another perfectly good week is once again been destroyed by the corporate machine. As you sit in your cube staring blindly at the monitor, why not sneak in a free bit of gaming? It is much more fun than watching the clock slowly tick away the day. Besides, it is slacker Friday.

Run Like Hell! –
Get those fingers warmed up as you are going to need quick reaction times for this game. Run Like Hell! is a platformer pitting your running, jumping, and sliding skills to the test. Leaderboards, five endless levels, story mode, and free updates make this a time consuming monster. It is to damn cold outside to be running in real life, so why not enjoy it virtually?

Catcha Mouse –
Mice are tricky little creatures. No matter how strategic you get with mousetraps, they always seem to find a way to avoid them. Catcha Mouse takes this mouse hunting frustration right to your iOS device. You have to stop a mouse from escaping through one of the many mouse holes on the screen. If you are stuck on one level, skip it and try a different one, as all levels are playable. It will take skill and brains to capture this clever furry rodent.

Emross War –
Emross War is a massively multiplayer strategy game. You start as a young lord looking to make your mark in the world. As you gain experience, you can recruit other legendary heroes and summon powerful guardians to fight by your side. You do not have to go at this alone though. Recruit your friends and take on the forces of Chaos together. Those of you who enjoy games like Travian or Evony will most certainly feel at home here.

Bubble Ball –
Bubble Ball is a physics based puzzle game in which you must get a bubble to the goal. You will need to use different wood and metal game pieces along with power-ups with a bit of ingenuity in order to solve the abundance of puzzles included in this game. You can even change the color of the bubble if blue does not suit your fancy. This will help keep you entertained as you wait for a fresh pot of coffee to brew.

Bullistic –
Are you sick of flinging birds at pigs yet? Bullistic will have you shooting bulls to see how much damage you can do on vases, plates, and glass. Game Center leaderboards and achievements will have you coming back to cause even more damage. You only have three shots; how much damage can you cause? Causing destruction is so much fun!