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Sunday May 26th, 2013

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Screenshot while playing the first level of Dinosaur Egg Drop for iPhone

Two St. Clair College students have created and published an iOS App Store hit.

Dinosaur Egg Drop, created by Dan O’Beid, 21, and Jeff Lefaive, 19, of Windsor-based Filthy Lizard App Development, is a fun and addicting free iPod, iPhone and iPad game with a simple premise promising hours of fun.

O’Beid says the duo originally got interested in iOS app development after seeing the mobile industry boom in the past few years. Their goal: get a game of their own in the App Store.

“Dinosaur Egg Drop is a simple, yet fun game to safely direct our dinosaur Snowball’s egg into the nest,” says O’Beid. “The catch of the game is you are only allowed to draw one line at a time, and are not permitted to draw another until it bounces. Seems simple, but you are thrown lots of obstacles, some are good, which bounce the egg, while others break the egg. If it drops on the ground, you fail!”

O’Beid and Lefaive, both graduates of Windsor highschools, have lived in Windsor all their lives and are students entering their third year of Business Administration – Marketing at St. Clair College.

Lefaive says, “St. Clair has given us the tools we needed: how to select our target market, the best way a product should be promoted and how we need to listen to our customers.”

“Learning in our marketing classes how marketing works, and how business works, we have decided to get an early start on our career while our other classmates are waiting to graduate.”

Dinosaur Egg Drop is available on iPod, iPhone and iPad for free for a limited time. O’Beid says it is supported by user-interface-friendly ads for other apps and games — ads that are designed not to get in the way of gameplay.

O’Beid and Lefaive plan to offer in-app purchases to enhance the user experience and are looking into developing for Android.

The game has garnered nearly 20,000 downloads since its release earlier this year and has a 4.5/5 rating with over 400 reviews on the App store.

To download the game for iPod, iPhone or iPad, head to the app store, here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dinosaur-egg-drop/id577353323

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