Ryan Robinson, a Riverdale High School sophomore, has taken his love for the gaming world to a whole new level. Like most teens his age, he has downloaded many apps and spent hours playing all kinds of mobile games. But what makes this Clayton County student different is that he decided to combined his love of the gaming world and his tech savvy skills to create a new Apple app called Bashy Zombies©.
Now available for download as an iOS game for iPhones and iPads, Bashy Zombies© is an app created by a teen who is well on his way to becoming a corporate success. In a Clayton County Public Schools’ press release this week, Ryan Robinson said, he created the game application as an homage to retro Nitendo™ / GameBoy™ type artwork, and for the love for all things zombie. “I wanted to bring two popular franchises together” he said. “This was my inspiration.”
Ryan Robinson’s business mind and marketing skills appear to be paying off with his app already receiving download attention. Appshopper.com describes it as “an action packed, adrenaline fueled game that will have your heart racing!” The school district says the young creator of Bashy Zombies© demonstrates, with his accomplishments, the whole cooperate package including: research and development, logistical support, legal advisement, and marketing. Robinson said it took him two weeks to create the game application. This is amazing when you think about the amount of time and research companies put into the process of developing an idea that actually catches players’ attention.
“I do all my own artwork and sound effects, said Robinson. He said the biggest time drain was thinking through the concept. “I wanted to make something unique…different.”
The young designer used Adobe™ Flash™ software to create the art/animation, Xcode to develop the coding, and Fruity Loops™ software to create the sound effects.
Ryan Robinson not only paid attention to design and player engagement, but he was careful to follow legal guidelines as well. He made sure to abide by all corporate rules in line with the field of computer gaming. The Riverdale High student said, “I had to check all licenses and get permission where necessary.” Robinson pointed out the importance of understanding the copyright rules of product creation, and had to copyright his game before moving forward. “Game development is very serious…you have to learn their guidelines”, said Robinson.
As for what makes Bashy Zombies© so fun, Ryan talked about the game’s goal and addictive element that makes players want to keep trying until they win and move to the next level. He said first, the Zombies attack. Then as a player you bash them or you get knocked off the screen.
“It’s an endless game”, explained Robinson as he demonstrated how to get knocked off. “It becomes harder the longer you play.” The Jonesboro teen admits that he has become pretty good at his own game.
Of course this not surprising for a teen who is already meeting his career goal of becoming a professional game developer. Ryan Robinson said this is his passion. “I have so much fun doing this. I want to do it as a full-time career.”
This career aspiration comes as no shock to Robinson’s family. Vivian Bagley, Ryan’s mother, said the development of her son into a gaming entrepreneur was expected.
“No surprise at all. He has always been a creative force since he was young,” said Bagley. “I am super proud of him!”
Ryan Robinson’s unique accomplishment was featured this week in Clayton News Daily.com. Robinson is already planning expansion of the Bashy Zombies© availability. The free app is currently only available in iOS format through the Apple App Store. Robinson is working to make the app available on all platforms in the near future.
And don’t think Ryan Robinson is sitting down on this international game development success. He is already planning a series of new game launches for the future. “I want to create different games for different audiences, said Robinson. “I want to keep it going.”
Words spoken by a young Clayton County entrepreneur whose gaming career is off to a winning start.