Bubble Ball, a physics puzzle game, knocked the smash hit game Angry Birds out of its top spot on the Apple App Store’s list of most popular free apps.
While Angry Birds was created by a 17-person company based in Finland, Bubble Ball is the work of 14-year-old Robert Nay, an eighth grader living in Spanish Fork, Utah. Nay decided to develop an iPhone app after being encouraged by one of his friends. So, while other kids are outside or playing video games, Nay spends his time at the Spanish Fork library researching and developing video game phone apps. He is now the CEO of Nay Games.
The “Bubble Ball” app was downloaded more than 2 million times in the last two weeks and had a total of 400,000 downloads Jan. 13. According to ABC News, if Nay had sold the app for $1 a download, he could have brought in at least $2 million in revenue if it hadn’t been free.
This first app was free, but Nay is developing another app that will sell for at least 90 cents a download. As to the new game he’s developing, Nay says it’s a secret for now.