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A-mazing new app from Sandy

Sandy McLeish, Barry, who developed an app for the iPhone and iPad, Alexzanders Maze, which was released on April 7.

Sandy McLeish, Barry, who developed an app for the iPhone and iPad, Alexzanders Maze, which was released on April 7.

Former Barry pig farmer Sandy McLeish has ditched the porkers and stepped into the virtual world of game developing.

“When I first retired I had nothing much to do so I thought I’d try and make a game,” he said.

“I made a prototype of Alexzander’s Maze and sent it down to board game manufacturers but these days nobody wants to play actual games.”

Mr McLeish all but gave up his dream of seeing his game became a reality until he saw his granddaughter, Eliza (25) playing an app on her ‘phone.

“I saw Eliza downloading something, I looked at it and thought it was something that I could try and apply to my game.”

A technology exhibition held in Dundee in 2013 gave Mr McLeish the push he needed.

He said: “I thought, I can definitely do this. It may be high risk but I am always willing to take a
chance.”

Dundee based media developers MTC saw the potential in Alexzander’s Maze:

MTC mobile business development director David Rankine said: “We thought it was a unique idea and as he had been sitting on it for a number of years and we thought why not give him a chance to develop the concept.

“It is a lot more cost effective to do an app now instead of board games.”

The game is made up of 10 levels increasing with difficulty as you go.

Carnoustie based graphic designer, artist and cartoonist Brian Petrie has designed the artwork for the game.

“My family are all very proud of me. Eliza thinks it’s great. In fact she has done the artwork for the final level.”

Mr Rankine thinks there is still more to come from Mr McLeish:

“We are sure Sandy will have other ideas and other puzzles to put onto the app as we go along. The first step is always trying to see if there is a market out there and going from his current success, we’ll be sitting down with him soon to see what’s coming next.”

The app came out on April 7 and the first three levels available on iPhone and iPad for free, with the whole game costing 69p.

Rate the game on the Apple store to give Mr McLeish some feedback on his new venture.

 

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