Developing games for iOS is becoming increasingly easy (as Apple likes to remind us all the time), and it’s always interesting seeing who can develop a game or an app. Octopuz is a great example of how accessible game developing is becoming. This upcoming game is being developed by a 13-year-old solo developer using Swift, and it looks like a fun memory puzzle. The game is all about memorizing a pattern and then trying to reproduce it as quickly as possible. While it might sound simple, it can be very challenging to get your brain to visualize a pattern in mere seconds. The faster you can input the pattern, the more stars you get. The game will have 75 levels, with a special Halloween event planned down the road. I hope I get to memorize patterns that look like a gory Rorschach test.
Back when I was 13, you needed to learn a ton of complicated coding on DOS if you wanted to develop anything resembling a game. I’m glad to see how it’s becoming easier (although you still need talent and good ideas), and I’m hoping we get to see even more young developers having a go at it. Octopuz will release October 2nd, and if you want to talk to the developer about it (assuming he’s not at school), head over to our forum thread.