Whizz kid Harry unveils latest app

The Irish whizz kid who, at just 12, became the world’s youngest app developer has unveiled a new game that’s set to be another smash hit.

Whizz kid Harry unveils latest app

Harry Moran, 14, from Cork, shot to fame in 2011 when his PizzaBot game for mobile devices knocked Angry Birds and Call of Duty off the top of the Apple App Store’s charts.

Now the coding prodigy’s latest iOS game, Robot Run!, has gone live on the store, priced 89c.

Harry, who learned coding at Cork’s CoderDojo, spent seven months developing it using the Portuguese-based Lua coding language — the most popular gaming language in the world.

“It’s completely different to the PizzaBot app in terms of the storyline and game-play. It’s much more advanced,” he said last night.

Download statistics will be available later today but Harry is confident it will do very well.

The first-year student at Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh in Bishopstown will travel to Dublin today to showcase the game at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Set in the not-too-distant future, the game pitches a good robot against a faulty robot hell-bent on wreaking havoc on the planet. The user must guide the good robot across a number of obstacles to catch up with his evil nemesis.

The puzzle-platform game, which is ideal for the iPhone 5 or iPad, features 20 action-packed levels which lead up to an epic final battle between good and evil.

The game’s character can call up a stunning array of weapons, such as power-up suits, a missile helmet, a glide suit and a jetpack.

Although just starting out in second-level education, Harry said he hopes to pursue a career in the technology sector.

He attends CoderDojo classes in Cork every Saturday, and has now started teaching some of the younger students.

CoderDojo is a free club which teaches kids aged from six up how to code, and how to develop websites, apps and games.

It was founded by young Cork entrepreneur, James Whelton, who was recently named by Forbes, the influential American business magazine, as one of “30 under 30” people worldwide to watch out for in 2013. The magazine described the 20-year-old former Presentation Brothers College student as one of the “young disrupters, innovators and entrepreneurs” who are changing the world.

The list also includes Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg, pop star Justin Bieber and US basketball superstar LeBron James.

Since its foundation at the National Software Centre in Mahon just over a year ago, CoderDojo, which is supported by entrepreneur and global philanthropist Bill Liao, and Dragon’s Den star and tech entrepreneur Seán O’Sullivan, has become a global phenomenon, with a presence now in 22 countries.

Liao took to Twitter yesterday to endorse the new game.

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