May 31, 2012
-- YOUNG TEEN RELEASES FIFTH IPHONE APP
Self taught and wants to inspire
Clayton Ward began developing apps in eighth grade. Now, at age 16 he has developed five iOS apps. His most recent and notable app Xellic 2, is now available on the iOS App Store. The app is designed for iPhone and iPad and took him five months to complete. He says," It was challenging, but very rewarding once I learned how everything worked". He has big plans for Xellic 2 and wants 700,000 copies to be downloaded.
He became interested in making iPhone apps when browsing a book store. He saw a book and wanted to try to make something. So he started programming on his parents computer. It was very difficult for him to teach himself. Eventually he became comfortable enough with the tools that Apple provides to begin working on two apps: Boondoggle Full and Boondoggle Lite. It took him about six months to complete them. He then submitted them to the App Store and they were released on December 16, 2010.
After the release of the Boondoggle apps, Clayton wanted to create a game. He finally decided to make an arcade style game. The object of the game is to fly through a city dodging buildings and other obstacles. He implemented features that allow you to change the main character's cape color and save high scores. He named the game City Sky, because the gameplay consisted of an open sky and various cities. When everything was ready he released City Sky on September 28, 2011.
Finally, Clayton decided to make another game that had levels. He came up with the name Xellic and finished it in three months. He made fifty-four levels for iPad, sixty levels for iPhone, and created twenty unique characters. Clayton says, "I wanted to have simply gameplay but still make it unique". It took less than a week for Apple to Review it and Xellic was released on January 25, 2012. Clayton has always wanted to make a multiplayer game that used Bluetooth, so he decided to make Xellic 2, a multiplayer sequel to Xellic that had new features. When everything was perfect, he released Xellic 2 on May 23, 2012 making this his fifth iOS app released in the App Store.