84-year-old man proves that anyone can create a mobile app

Posted In Apps, iPhone, Tablets - By Kim On Thursday, August 18th, 2011 With 0 Comments

84-year-old American George Weiss has developed a mobile game for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and proved to the world that if he can do it, anybody can. His app, called Dabble, is dubbed ‘the fast thinking word game’ and requires users to spell five words (from a set of available letters) within a set timeframe.

The game sells on the Apple App Store for $0.99 and is immediately familiar, using Scrabble-like letter tiles and racks in the interface. The object of the game is to create a two-letter, three-letter, four-letter, five-letter and six-letter word in each round. Like most good games, the rules are easy but mastering the game is a lot harder than it sounds.

Weiss first came up with the idea for the game back in 1958. He finally made his invention a reality by releasing a board-based version earlier this year and recently decided to take it to a modern audience through a mobile app. “A lot has changed since 1958 but people still love a good game,” he said.

Weiss worked with a team of mobile developers at Flashy Substance and Itch, who used Corona SDK to create the Dabble game app. Corona uses Lua to create the app code, which is easier than coding in the traditional iOS choice of Objective-C.

Joseph Flowers from Flash Substance said that the transition from board game to mobile app was an easy one thanks to Dabble’s addictive gameplay. He said, “We usually create games for competitive gamers ages 18 to 40 but this time we focused on keeping it simple since the board game is so simple. The first time you play the app you may not win, but you will understand how to play. This is the first time we’ve been able to sit down with our friends and family and share a game we’ve built.”

Next in the development pipeline will be other game formats (Dabble Junior and Super Dabble) and apps for Android and Facebook. And Weiss isn’t stopping anytime soon. “I never gave up. And now, I have the satisfaction of knowing that I didn’t waste all those years!” he said.

About - She isn't easily won over by the latest and greatest, but when she gets her hands on a phone that performs like a workhorse while delivering useful features and cool aesthetics, Kim's ready to wear her fingers down. Right now she's using a Blackberry Bold 9700.

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