Madrid Man Creates Gaming App


You might say Trevor Dugan of Madrid thinks outside the gamer box or in, this case, puzzle.

The SUNY Potsdam graduate student has put his knowledge and creative talents to use developing a gaming app called Puzzletopple for Apple, Google and iPhones.

It took almost a full year to design, but the game and its addictive 50 levels of play has had hundreds of downloads since it was first put on the market.

"Don't believe people saying that it can't be done. I've been told that before, even in school, and I've proved people wrong that it can be done," said Dugan.

His game idea as came about as a final project for a multi-media and scripting course.
"He had a really good idea and he was very motivated," said SUNY Potsdam Business Administration Professor
Anthony Betrus.

After creating a prototype, Dugan added several bells and whistles to the app, including a special trophy for those that successfully complete all 50 levels.

Then, with the help of his wife, he perfected the process and put it on the market.

"It exemplifies hard work knowing that if you try hard enough, you can succeed," said Kelly Dugan.

The gaming app is gaining in popularity and as, those who play it quickly find, it can be highly addictive.

"It's really challenging and it's addictive," said Mary Simon, a fan of the game.

"I just finished playing it. I went to level one and two and I was working on three," said Dennis Hefner, SUNY Potsdam's interim president.

Trevor Dugan isn't finished yet; he is working on a desktop version of the game.

Monday, December 5, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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