Five-year-old app inventor

App invented by boy aged five

Among the many games available on mobiles one in particular stands out – because it was developed by a FIVE YEAR OLD.

Computer wizzkid Christian Pellet, 5, invented FastWord, a word game for iPhones, after enjoying rounds of scrabble with his father, Ryan Pellet, 35.

FastWord is a mixture of Boggle and Scrabble. Players are presented with letters in a grid and are challenged to make as many words as possible before the timer runs out.

Ryan said: “Christian loves numbers and reading, and he’s really good at playing scrabble – freakishly good.

“Christian got his crayons out and designed mockups of what he wanted the app to look like. Then we spent a lot of time researching together, using how-to books and visiting internet forums to learn how to develop an app.”

The pair also enlisted the help of app coders in their hometown of Auckland to put the finishing touches and help bring Christian’s designs to life.

Since the release of the app last week the game has already been downloaded more than 1,000 times.

Mr Pellett said: “Christian has started picking up some top reviews on websites. The feedback has been really great.

“You can choose to play against friends or random opponents. Christian absolutely loves playing it.”

“We have put so much work into this over the last few months, and it’s become so much more than a simple app.”

For more information on Christian’s game, visit www.fastword-game.com.

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