Stradbroke teenager’s iPhone game receives rave reviews on Apple’s app store
A talented 15-year-old from Stradbroke near Eye has created an iPhone game - which is available for download now on the Apple app store.
Lee Chilvers, who has been teaching himself how to code for the last two years, took eight months to create his game ‘Drag’em’. which was released just after Christmas.
The app is proving to be a huge hit amongst his friends, and has already received rave reviews on the store.
The simple, but addictive, game sees players test their reactions by matching coloured circles with corresponding colours around the edges of the phone screen.
But players have only a second to do this - and if they manage to progress the game gets faster and faster.
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Lee said: “I have really enjoyed the experience of making something I have designed from scratch, and learning all the required skills to develop it, put it up on the store and form a marketing website and social media page.
“At times it can be frustrating when things don’t appear to work and your app crashes, but it is always really rewarding in the end when your code runs on a phone the way you want to.”
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Lee says he next plans to master the Android operating system, so even more people can experience his games.
He said: “After my GCSE exams at Stradbroke High School, I hope to attend Suffolk One Sixth Form College where I plan to study computer science to enhance my programming skills and improve my overall knowledge of software development.
“In addition to this, I want to add my portfolio with apps compatible for the Android operating system to widen my audience and perhaps develop websites as a freelancer.”
Lee says he has learnt a lot through his app making, and thinks coding is a useful way of understanding forms of complex mathematics.
“Learning how to code is a really important skill to have as there is a wide list of jobs I take interest in going into with software design and engineering,” he said. “This is why I think all high school maths should teach computer science as in educating myself, I have found it helped me with maths topics such as iteration and functions.”
To check out Lee’s app, search Drag’em on the Apple app store or visit the website.