Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:27 pm IST
App developer at 14... what next?
| by Priyanka Tilve
There is no dearth of gaming apps out there, but the recently published racing game Wheel-Ordeal for iOS is something special. And it’s certainly not because of its gameplay or graphics; the game is special because its creator happens to be a young lad of fourteen. Seeing Wheel-Ordeal live on the store was more than a dream come true for Aryan Mann, as any seasoned app developer will tell you that getting your app published on the Apple app store is no small feat. Aryan represents a breed of young app developers who are proving their mettle with apps that have taken most by surprise with their ingenuity. And with absolutely nothing to give away as these app makers happen to be school children barely in their teens. Simply put, app developers are starting young.
Like most fourteen year olds, Aryan loves gaming, especially the adrenaline pumping racing games. But unlike the rest of his peers, his passion for gaming goes beyond simply playing. A student of Delhi Public School, Noida, his ambition is to become a game designer. And as a start, he decided to build a gaming app. He says, “I have always been very interested in games and gaming. Recently when I thought about making games, I started off with researching the roles in the process of game development. Then I began by modding GTA San Andreas and making levels in Little Big Planet. I enjoy the process of making a game and the possibilities it offers. You can create a platform like Super Meat Boy or choose to narrate a story via a role playing game. Though I wish to create 3D games for Playstation and Xbox someday, I don't have that much experience now. So, I targeted a lighter audience a.k.a casual gaming and thought of developing a gaming app.”
The result was Wheel-Ordeal, a racing game that tests your reflexes as you race ahead dodging other vehicles, cows and more, to become the ultimate driver. Aryan is pretty clear about the fact that he wants to get into game designing, and his spare time is devoted to equipping himself with skills that will help him in his goal. He enjoys editing photos with Photoshop, making movies with Premiere Pro, adding VFX with After Effects, making 3D models with Maya, making websites, photography and creating 3D games with Unity. While this made it easy for him to design the game, programming was another matter altogether.
Wheel Ordeal is currently available for iOS and the Android version is in the pipeline
The decision to develop a racing game was an easy one. Aryan loves playing these games, with his favourite racing game being the Crash Team Racing on the PS1. Describing the concept of his game, Aryan says “Wheel - Ordeal is about a car trying to dodge traffic and cows in an intersection. It's fun because the near - misses and close call's make it very exciting. It has four difficulty modes; the easiest mode is for children while the hardest is something that even I haven’t managed to do! The game is fast and exciting, and it even has game center so you can see your friend’s highscores.”
It features simple graphics and gameplay, with four levels of difficulty
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