SA teen strikes gold with his mobile game on the App store

SA teen strikes gold with his mobile game on the App store

16-year-old Brandon Kynoch has put his skills as a programmer to good use and designed a game for Android phones which has become an instant hit on the App store.

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It racked up over 100 000 downloads within 24 hours of being released and took the number 1 spot on the App store rankings.

Kynoch taught himself everything he knows about programming and his game is the first one out of South Africa to have such success.

He began his jounrey into programming, game development and graphic design at the age of 11 and since then he has taught himself from reading books and the internet to develop his own games.

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The game is intuitively designed and easy to play and at the same time addictive in its simplicity, all the right characteristics for a hit game.

His first game was called Blast which took him less than two years to develop.

“Initially I was more interested in digital art and graphics design, especially 3D art and photorealistic renderings. This grew my skills in terms of the graphical side of game development," he adds.

Torus is far simpler and smaller and the perfect blend of coding and design for Kynoch's skill level.

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He has big plans for the future and plans on designing a lot more games.

“I plan on releasing a few more games similar in scale to that of Torus this year. The number of apps I will develop depends on how successful they are, what profits I can generate and, unfortunately, how busy school will keep me."

The St Stithians College pupil is working on his own game studio called Hard Graft Studios which he plans to develop into a professional game studio when he finishes school.

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