The winners of the recent Junior Dragons’ Den, ‘Squeazy’ have teamed up with 15 year old app developer Jonathan White, the founder of Sillan Studios, to build and launch the Squeazy app. Development began in early August, 2014. The Squeazy app is now available for download on iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, Windows Phone and Amazon devices.
The app was created by four Irish teenagers, Matthew Hewston, Fergus Munday, Luke Sheridan (all 17 and from Leitrim) and Jonathan White (15 and from Co. Cavan). “We wanted to make the app ‘addictive’, fun and frustrating,” says White, “it’s an arcade game which we hope will be enjoyed by users young and old.”
The Squeazy app story
Squeazy started life as a student-run company competing in the Student Enterprise Awards. The trio of entrepreneurs have won national awards and also featured on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den, before teaming up with Jonathan White.
The original idea from the Leitrim-based business was a game that had, as its main character, a science experiment that turned into a “fun and frustrating toy”.
The game was developed using the Unity3D game engine. The young creators all consider programming/game development as an important skill that should be taught at secondary school level. “We would appreciate the support if everyone could download the game, give it a try and see if they can hit the top of the online score boards,” says White.
The app has already reached the top 50 section in the arcade category of the Apple App Store, and is in the top 10 trending apps in the Google Play store.