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Bubble Ball game, designed by 14-year-old, knocks Angry Birds off top spot in App Store

Angry Birds, the hugely popular smart-phone game, has been toppled from its perch by Bubble Ball, a game designed by an eighth-grader.

It's all in a day's work for Utah resident Robert Nay, 14. His puzzle game, with its simple graphics, is riding high in the top spot among the Apple App Store's free games, snatching the position from Angry Birds' Christmas game, known as Seasons.

The standard Angry Birds game still rules the roost among paid apps.

But Nay Games' first offering, launched Dec. 29, has already been downloaded millions of times. Bubble Ball users try to maneuver a ball around the screen by rolling around obstacles and through paths.

According to ABC News, Nay is an avid iPod Touch fan who also plays piano, mandolin and trumpet. But he'll likely focus more of his attentions on his next app, which probably won't be free.

Bubble Ball is also available for Android.


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