Former college student gets five million downloads

Kidderminster Shuttle: GAME DEVELOPER: Jakrapong Saenyabut's game has been an internet hit. GAME DEVELOPER: Jakrapong Saenyabut's game has been an internet hit.

A FORMER Kidderminster College student is celebrating after a computer game he designed was downloaded more than five million times.

Jakrapong Saenyabut, 23, who completed the college’s Level 3 creative media production course from 2010 to 2012, developed the artwork for Construction City while a friend completed the programming.

The free game, which allows players to control cranes, excavators, trucks, tractors and helicopters across 189 levels, was voted in the top 10 apps by appbrain.com and has received more than 40,000 five star ratings on the Google Play store.

Steve Rich, the ex-student’s tutor at college, said: “Jakrapong’s great passion was in creating the artwork for games and this is where he excels.

“I am delighted this game has received more than five million downloads and this is further proof that the college’s courses equip students to compete with the best in this growing industry and I’m sure he will be making many more popular games in the future.”

Jakrapong, who is originally from Thailand, is now running Heavy Fall Studio, a small company he set up to release his games.

The firm’s facebook page has more than 100,000 likes and states its goal is to “permanently impact the global mobile gaming industry”.

One user who downloaded Construction City from the android app store stated: “No better words for it, one of the coolest games. I love this game. I wish I had more levels. Awesome work from the investors of the game, thank you.”

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