By now, most of us have heard of Boggle.
It’s a simple but addictive game about finding a hidden treasure that can be used to unlock a special device that lets you take control of the character, or Boggle, in a video game.
It also features the ability to shoot bubbles and other objects.
The game has spawned countless spin-offs, most notably the mobile game Bubble Boy.
But there’s a twist.
It could have been called Boggle for the internet.
Electronic Dart Game creator David Loughnane created Boggle to be used on the internet, using his own brainpower to generate a digital version of himself that he could use to make more interesting games.
The idea came to Loughne when he was working on a game called Bumper, which was a spin-off of Bubble Boy, but he was struggling to get enough interest from players to get it off the ground.
“When I realised the people that played Bubble Boy were just a bunch of teenagers, and that Bubble Boy was a popular kid’s game, I just thought, ‘why can’t I do the same thing?’
So I started thinking about what I could do,” he said.
He then made the first version of Boggles game that would be used online, and used his own computer vision skills to create the next version that would have to be made from scratch.
It was a tricky business.
When he first started, he was a student and was working as a teacher at a school.
He had to create Boggles without his own brains.
Now, as a developer and creator, he’s looking to monetise Boggles through advertising and sponsorships.
But it’s a long process, he said, because he had to take all of the ideas from his game and incorporate them into the Boggles games.
“If you look at my Boggles, the first thing you’ll notice is that I have my own brain, which is just the first step in my brain.”
I didn’t just take it, I went through all the steps of putting it together and it took me a while to get there,” he explained.
Boggles has been downloaded by over 300,000 people.
But Loughan says that Boggles can’t be sold on its own.
Loughnanes game has already had over 400,000 downloads and been downloaded over 200,000 times.
His next game, Bubble Boy 2, is due out this month.