Seattle's latest mobile app developer: Owain Weinert

Most nine-year-old boys dream of meeting sports stars like Ichiro, Matt Hasselbeck or Kasey Keller. Not Owain Weinert. Weinert simply wanted to learn from the masterminds behind Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies. As part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the fourth grader at Loyal Heights Elementary School got a unique opportunity to develop his very own Apple iOS game with help from the experts at PopCap Games.

Weinert — who is battling pre-B Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia — has spent the past several weeks working with PopCap developers to create a third-person shooter game called Allied Star Police.

Here’s a short description of the game, which is set to be released in the coming months with proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation:

Players assume the role of the base commander, rapidly deploying a variety of automated battle machines and targeted ballistic ordinance to thwart the invading alien “Flamion” forces.  The game name, theme, unit and faction names are all products of the incredibly talented and energetic Lead Designer, Owain. The game name, theme, unit and faction names are all products of the incredibly talented and energetic Lead Designer, Owain.  The gameplay and pacing are in turn specially crafted for him so that he can literally get lost in his very own world.

Weinert and the PopCap team celebrated the new game with a party this week, complete with pizza, T-shirts and cake.

The game itself will be released in the Apple app store in the coming months, with proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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  • @CascadeRam

    Good luck to Owain Weinert in his battle with leukemia.
    It is great to read that he is having fun developing the game and great to see that PopCap developers and Make-a-wish foundation are helping him with this.

  • Parisdreamsusa

    Great Job, Great Wish and I will def buy it even if I do not play it and will advertise for it. What an amazing boy. He is in my prayers

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait for the game Owain! (Wait, I thought you were a Microsoft family?!) Keep strong!

  • Miranda Cole

    Wow! He’s such a genius. We have a young Albert Einstein here. The parents would be very proud. Hopefully, everyone will enjoy your invention.

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  • Jamesmiller

    Make A Wish Foundation always doing great things for the little ones. I always feel like they don’t get enough credit.

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