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How a dyslexic 12-year-old’s game concept became the BBC’s latest app

The BBC has just launched a new game for kids on iOS and Android, whose concept of a snail desperately trying to escape an evil chef by bouncing his way up the Eiffel Tower comes from the brain of a dyslexic 12-year-old viewer.

CBBC’s Appsolute Genius show tasked its fans with designing their own mobile game and the winner, Alex, 12, from Hampshire, found his concept turned into reality when the Beeb selected his app as the winning entry. The result is Escargot Escape Artistes, which has just launched on Google Play and the Apple App Store and can be downloaded now for free.

Escargot Escape Artistes is a free runner game which sees you guiding a snail called Le Dude through three increasingly difficult levels, while pursued by a sinister looking French chef. The app was put together by Aardman Animations but Alex, who was diagnosed with Dyslexia a few years back, was involved in every stage from design to play testing.

The competition was a part of the BBC’s ‘Make It Digital’ initiative, which aims to inspire kids to learn about digital tech and get creative with programming.

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, said: “CBBC is really proud to be showcasing the winning game from our fabulous Appsolute Genius App competition.  We’re passionate about encouraging digital creativity across our output and Alex’s amazing journey and his winning design will hopefully serve as real inspiration for our creative viewers.”

You can check out the full story of how Alex’s app came into being on Appsolute Genius, airing today at 5pm on CBBC.


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