iPhone App By NHS Student Now Available

Atrixx is the most recent iPhone/iPad app created by Newtown High School freshmen Brendan Gregory, who has been interested in programming since seventh grade.

As described by Brendan, Atrixx has the player shoot at enemies from a ship. The player survives for as long as he or she can.

The hockey team and Chess Club member said he first started writing programs in seventh grade, when as a member of the Gifted and Talented Educational Students (GATES) he was tasked with creating and completing a yearlong project. Brendan chose programming.

Since then, Brendan says he has created computer programs and other iPhone and iPad apps. His previous iPhone creations were an unit converter called Mega Math, a fortune teller called Pocket Geeni, and CAIP (Conversational Artificial Intelligence Program).

When starting work on Atrixx, Brendan said he was looking for something challenging.

"I wanted to make a game," said Brendan.

Atrixx is free, but there are things inside the app that users can purchase.

Brendan said he does all of his programming on his MacBook Pro using a program called Xcode.

Atrixx has 20 levels, multiple kinds of enemies, and the ability for users to upgrade their ship. One piece of advice for users from the programmer is destroy red enemies quickly, because they can shoot in eight different directions.

When asked why he finds programming interesting, Brendan said, "It's challenging, it makes me think critically, it's fun, and it's rewarding."

Extra reward comes when Brendan can show his completed projects to friends, he said.

Atrixx is available through Apple's App Store by searching for "Atrixx."

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