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Get You Sum of GoSum – Interview with Colin Thompson

Posted on November 9, 2012 AT 09:43am

Colin Thompson the creator of GoSum was kind enough to give me some time to interview him. Sitting here i see all the little question marks popping up. You are asking yourself what the hell is GoSum and why do I care. Truthfully before reviewing the Application my thoughts were exactly the same. Getting the chance to review the game (GoSum) changed my outlook on the game. Offered the opportunity to get the lowdown on GoSum from the creator I jumped at the chance. When passion meets charity you can tell a creator cares, Colin Thompson showed both in his interview.

With gameplay similar to Words With Friends™ and Scrabble™, GoSum is a mobile numbers game that asks players to challenge friends, family, or a random opponent in exciting matches of creative numerical wit. Using tiles for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and numbers, players must rack up the most points by building off each other’s equations in the style of a crossword puzzle. Extra points can be scored by strategically placing tiles on double number, triple number, and sum squares. GoSum is a classic blend of fun, learning, and logical reasoning that provides hours of entertainment for all ages.

Knowing what GoSum is from playing the game what better way to learn about it then straight from the horses mouth so to speak.

  • Me: In your own words what is GoSum?
  • Colin: It all started 20 years ago, he was looking for a way to teach his kids the math tables. First time making the game it was something basic but didn’t teach much and was more hard then fun. He continued to tweak it and work on it until it became something fun to play. He never expected GoSum to become what it is today it has far outgrown his expectations.

GoSum is looking to give back in a big way by implementing a donate now button within the app. People are apprehensive about donating unless they know the money is for a good cause. My Next question dealt with the donate now button that would be implemented.

  • Me: Adding a donate now button do you see people actually taking time to donate?
  • Colin: First thinking about the charity it brought tears to Colin’s eyes he knew it was worthy enough cause. His hopes are that people that download the game will see the same compassion he did. Though the idea and thought are still in the early stages he wanted to implement it to give back in some way.

Aaptek Ltd, creator of the hit mobile numbers game GoSum, is honored to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon, a program which teaches children about arithmetic while allowing them to experience the pride of giving back to their community. Recognized as America’s largest education-based fundraiser for over 30 years.

Gosum will be taking the fun to the next level by creating a board game offering a new way to play.

  • Me: Can you speak more about the board game?
  • Colin: When players play the board game it will be the same as the application. It is based of the concept of the actual board game made originally. Companies in general seem interested but the logistics are a hurdle that makes it hard to jump into head first. Knowing the application was important to push first the board game took a back seat. Wanting to get the application out progress followed a vertical line at first. Never did the thought come up an application would take up words of 27000 line of code to create. Developers had an estimated time of 3 months to create in reality it took 2 years to finalize. Creating was a new venture learning about how to best match players was a venture all in its own. Purchasing the application will give users a discount to purchase the board game at a later date.  20 dollars is a small price to pay for learning and fun.

One of the next obvious steps for Colin and GoSum was to look for new ventures. Implementing the game into new avenues to grow the community that can enjoy GoSum and benefit from learning.

  • Me: With the Facebook game coming out will it be similar to the iPod application?
  • Colin: Facebook is still a valid option to turn the game to but not sure if it is the right next step. Facebook is a whole different beast changing the playing field. Our next steps will more then likely be offering Android players the option to enjoy GoSum.

Being similar to scrabble my thoughts were that it had something to do with creating GoSum.

  • Me: Did Scrabble influence what GoSum became?
  • Colin: Surprisingly Scrabble never was part of the creation process it was more about teaching math to his kids who were struggling.

GoSum already being a popular venture into the math world evolution is a natural process. My mind had me wondering what the next step in the game would be.

  • Me: What’s next for GoSum?
  • Colin: In the works are a few different ideas GoSUm Jr. is in the works offering players a more basic math game. Also in creation is My Very First Go Sum offering parents a way to sit down side by side with young kids. Teaching them math in a non traditional way. GoSum Einstein will be the next jump in the line up offering a whole new playing field. Offering up a new play experience where math is not the only thing you need to worry about. Offering more of a chess like version of the game where it can take days for a player to make a move.

Donations from the application are a great way to garner money for a charitable cause but would there be other contributions outside of that?

  • Me: Any plans to use proceeds from the board game for charity?
  • Colin: Selling the board game part of the proceeds will go straight to the charity. Players will also be able to go to the website and find a donate button there where they can donate extra if they would like. Helping feels good it is a heart warming process we want to share the wealth in any way we can.

In closing I wanted to give Colin the chance to come to you the reader with his own words. Offering up a look into what Colin himself is all about and what Aaptek Ltd is all about.

  • Me: Colin anything you want to tell the readers?
  • Colin: We strive on the feedback from customers trying to make a different playing experience. Combining learning and fun the possibilities were endless. Wanting something to first teach his own kids math joy came from knowing that others are also able to learn. Gosum for him is an ever changing playing field what they are creating will always be a work in progress with the ability to grow and change as needed.

Thank you Colin Thompson for taking the time to sit down with me and share your passion. Interviewing you gave me new perspective on your game. In the future I wish you all the best personally I can’t wait to see what is in store for GoSum and Aaptek Ltd.

Interested in anything talked about during the interview links for everything can be found at the bottom. Please take a second to check out GoSum and the charity it will support.

GoSum for the iPhone is currently available for download on the iTunes App Store for $0.99 at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gosum/id533200841?ls=1&mt=8

GoSum HD for the iPad is currently available for download on the iTunes App Store for $2.99 at: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id510015053?mt=8

Players can also play the free version of the app with GoSum Free, available on the iTunes App Store at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gosum-free/id535376080?mt=8

GoSum HD Free for the iPad is available for download on the iTunes App Store at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gosum-hd-free/id522438240?mt=8

A board game version of GoSum is currently in the works and Aaptek Ltd will be donating a number of these physical board games to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in early 2013.

For more information about GoSum, please visit gosum.com.

For more information about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon, please visit mathathon.org.

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