Nelson whizz kids create computer game

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Techno whizz kids from Nelson have created a computer game that has captured the imagination of a multinational corporation.

Marsden Community Primary School Year 6 pupils Halima Ayub, Aliyah Iqbal and Yousif Hussain are said to have beaten off more than 300,000 youngsters from all over the country to earn themselves a place in the final of Microsoft’s popular Kodu Kup competition.

The trio, who dubbed themselves Illusion Masters, travelled down to the company’s headquarters in Reading to present their Dragon’s Den-style presentation for their production of “Mad Mazes”. They were one of four teams to be considered in the Judges’ Choice section of the contest.

And while they did not manage to scoop the ultimate prize, they were left delighted when a special Showstopper Award was created just for them, due to their comedic and engaging presentation. They walked away with a trophy and an XBox, and even had a taste of stardom when they were asked to sign autographs and pose for photographs.

IT worker Jay Stansfield, who runs the lunch-time Kodu club at Marsden Community Primary School, in Percy Street, said: “We are so proud of them - this has taken a lot of logical thinking. It has been such an experience for them, really enriching, and they are really chuffed.

“Their game was based around a princess that has been banished to a castle, and you have to travel through four sectors collecting coins to beat the evil octopus. They said they had been inspired by Mario.

“More children want to come to the club now they have found out three of the pupils have been to Microsoft.”