Zachary Isaacson, a junior in the Computer Science Academy at Freehold High School, Freehold Borough, has spent the last six months creating a new app.
An app (application) is a program that runs inside another service. Many cellphones allow applications to be downloaded to expand their functions.
“Laser Glow” is a puzzle game with more than 40 challenging levels. The game requires the user to move blocks and mirrors to direct a laser to its target. The levels get progressively more difficult and new mechanics are introduced as users progress through the levels, according to a press release from the Freehold Regional High School District.
Zachary explained that it had taken him three to four months to make the game itself, but the bigger challenge was making it compatible to the IOS platform, which took him another two to three months, according to the press release.
Zachary said he was able to successfully create the app as a result of the skills he has developed in the Computer Science Academy and by reading and watching tutorials online.
Currently, “Laser Glow” has been downloaded more than 200 times and is available on Apple and Android devices. Zachary plans to add more levels to keep users engaged and playing the game, according to the press release.
The Computer Science Academy is a four-year program of study for students who wish to explore computer science or computer engineering as a career path. The purpose of the academy is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a disciplined approach to the study and application of computer science, according to the press release.