Indian American students develop new game application

By Arun Kumar, IANS
Saturday, November 20, 2010

WASHINGTON - Three Indian American students in California have developed a new game application for Apple called where users try to steer their lost rocket ship home using the gravity of planets.

Rahul Bhatia, Akshay Narayan and Rohan Agarwal, all aged 17, began with the idea of app in June and went over brainstorming ideas and worked through the summer, Oakland Tribune, a local newspaper, reported.

The app, called Galactic Odyssey, was sent to Apple a week and half ago and it became available on Monday. The app is priced at 99 cents and can be downloaded from Apple.

The trio plan to come up with contests on the game, to help the app popularise. They also plan on launching a sequel to the game app.

Pete Murchison, Principal, Irvington High School in Oakland, California where the trio study was quoted as saying in Oakland Tribune, “This is unbelievably difficult.

“They (Apple) get a gazillion of these applications, and for these kids to do it, it’s absolutely amazing. Now they’re dealing with the biggest, most powerful company in the world.”

The three study computer science and AP physics in school. They used physics concepts they learn in class to build the app. However they say one doesn’t need a science background to play the game.

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