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Back in the day, the Ansca Mobile company motto was that we enabled anyone (not just seasoned engineers) to develop mobile apps.

Over the last couple years, we’ve heard countless success stories from the Corona Community attesting to that. And the story of Tyler Poon below is yet another great one…


Tyler Poon, 'Balloons and Bombs'

My name is Tyler Poon. I am 9 years old, and I created a game using Corona SDK.

I got my first taste of programming at age 7 when I started to read a book called Visual Basic Express for Kids. I also learned from doing online tutorials on a website called Code Academy. I then started watching YouTube tutorials and played around on a test program.

Corona is a tool I like because it’s powerful, simple and fun. Most things that kids are able to program in are building block-like things which don’t give you a ton of power. However, Corona is easy to use and powerful, which makes it more fun. Everyone who has an interest and a little bit of programming ability can make a game. Corona is also a tool for the 21st century because it can be used to make apps for smartphones and tablets, which are new. Actually, if you want your game on both tablets and smartphones it can automatically do it for you.

The game I made is called Balloons and Bombs. It was fun to make and got over 1,000 downloads in its first couple weeks. I don’t know 1,000 people, so not all of those downloads are from my family and friends.

The process I took to make Balloons and Bombs was to code, test, fix, enhance, and repeat. In the coding stage, I developed the main game and made the title screen. One thing I did not create was the graphics, but I chose some from a graphics website. After coding the main game, I asked my family and friends to test the game so they could help me find bugs and give me suggestions. In the fixing stage, I would fix the bugs they found. In the enhancing stage, I executed the suggestions. Finally, in the repeating stage, I would repeat the process.

It was awesome that I had fun and made the coding on my own. I really wish I could have made graphics, so I might make a new game with my own graphics next.

The most fun part about Corona is messing around with all the API’s on a test program to learn new things. When I have nothing to do, I would mess around on the test program and see if I can make a new discovery.

It’s pretty cool how Ansca asked me to write a blogpost about this. One added bonus from my experience is that my friends are interested too. Since Corona is easy enough for kids to use, I’m going to teach my friends how to do it so they can teach their friends — and then a lot of kids will know Corona. Another strange bonus is that I inspired my dad to make a game with Corona, even when he usually programs apps in Java and C.

I think Corona is a tool that kids will like to use and will make great apps with!

If you want to try to beat my high score of 308, go get the game on iOS and Android.


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17 Responses to “Guest Post: Corona is rated ‘E’ for everyone”

  1. Ziao

    If you make this when you’re 9 years old, I can’t wait what you’ll be able to produce when you’re a little older:D

    Great work ;)

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  2. pdichone

    GOOD WORK! That’s wonderful that you found Corona SDK and are inspired by it to make great games. I so glad to see younger people such yourself interested in programming and making applications. That’s a great skill to have especially knowing that the mobile devices are here to stay. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS, and keep up the good work!

    Cheers.

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  3. Tyler

    @Scott I can’t because I can’t get an account on facebook, but when I get older I might.

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  4. Evan

    Nice. I am about your age and I want to make games & software. I too am working on code academy. good job and good luck!

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