By Jason Stuart
If you have stumbled upon the Super-Squares iTunes app, you may not be aware of its Glendive and Terry connections.
The game, which has been available on iTunes since late last month, was developed by Logan Boese, grandson of Terry residents Dale and Jaynee Hellman and Glendive resident Pat Boese.
Even more impressive, Logan Boese is a 16-year-old high school sophomore.
Boese, who lives in Bismarck, N.D., got interested in video game development at a very young age.
“When I was little, I got an iPod and I just started playing around with it,” Boese said.
That first experience with an iPod put Boese on the path to becoming a game designer.
Boese has spent the last several years teaching himself the ins and outs of video game design. He is completely self taught. He said he picked up every manual and watched every YouTube video and tutorial that he could find to learn the craft.
Boese says he started simple. He began by designing a few small games that he played with his brother and friends.
By last June, he felt he was ready to take the next step and began work on Super-Squares, which he completed in late November. The game, save for a few minor details, is all his creation.
“I did everything myself,” Boese said. “The only thing I didn’t do myself was the music and some of the backgrounds and icons.”
The game was first released for Android devices before becoming available for Apple.
Since hitting iTunes, Super-Squares has been downloaded more than 10,000 times and has garnered glowing reviews.
“That’s been really good to see,” Boese said. “It’s been really surprising how people have reacted to it.”
The game itself is a kind of puzzle game. For those familiar with video games, they might recognize elements and styles that harken to some classic puzzle games like Tetris and Angry Birds.
That’s not by accident, according to Boese.
“I just tried to take some of the styles from other games that are popular and tried to create something new,” Boese said.
Boese said that to date, he has made a couple hundred dollars from his venture. He said Super-Squares won’t be his last game, but it’s too early to say when he’ll put out another.
“Right now I’m not working on anything specific,” Boese said. “There will be a next game, but I’m not sure what it will be right now.”
Despite his early success with video game design, Boese said it’s not something he currently sees as a career path. He said he does see himself going into computers, but sees himself becoming a computer engineer or something similar.
“For right now, I think I’m going to keep it a hobby,” Boese said of
designing video games. “It’s something that I like to do because I enjoy it, but it’s just a hobby.”
Published February 20, 2013