informa
1 MIN READ
News

The number two paid app on iOS... is based on a $10 GameSalad template

First the incredibly simple Flappy Bird becomes the number one free app -- but now a simple game based on a template is tearing up the paid charts.
As of this writing, a game called Red Bouncing Ball Spikes is the number two paid app on the U.S. iPhone store. Strangely, it appears to be based on a template for drag-and-drop game creation tool GameSalad called "Red Ball Template" -- which sells for $10 on tutorial and tools site GSHelper.com. The template's creator promises that "You can very easily create many levels and turn this into a full game in no time!" -- advice that seems to have been taken extremely literally. Red Bouncing Ball Spikes uses the same extremely simple artwork that the template ships with. Things get weirder: users on the GameSalad forums theorize that the game's developer Louis Leidenfrost may be a pseudonym for a developer called Mateen Pekan. Pekan is a controversial figure on those forums and elsewhere. The evidence? App aggregator AppDecide lists the game under Pekan's name. As with Flappy Bird, there are accusations that the game's meteoric rise in the charts has little to do with legitimate traffic -- but as yet no conclusive evidence has been produced. Red Bouncing Ball Spikes was originally released in December, but rocketed to the top of the charts today.

Latest Jobs

Xbox Game Studios

Redmond, Washington
10.5.22
Technical Lighting Artist

Innogames

Hamburg, Germany
10.5.22
Game Designer - Elvenar

Six Foot

Houston, TX
10.3.22
Six Foot Director, Player Relations

Hometopia Inc.

Remote
10.7.22
Lead Engineer
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Explore the
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Browse
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more