Sue Kearney with her newly developed iPad app Sudoku Flick.
Sue Kearney with her newly developed iPad app Sudoku Flick. Adam Hourigan

Cool granny Sue app-lies herself to the technical world

ULMARRA woman Sue Kearney is a grandmother who has seized the iPad back from the technomites.

On Sunday the 64-year-old launched a new app, Sudoku Flick, a game combining the techniques of a favourite word board game with the numbers game Sudoku.

The launch was the culmination of 12 months hard work with the game's developers, Multibase, in the Sydney suburb of Ryde, turning what was designed as a board game into an interactive iPad app.

The genesis of the game came several years ago when Ms Kearney was playing Scrabble against her father, Cappy Blood, then in his late 80s.

"My father was going deaf, so playing games like Scrabble, which he loved, was an easier way to communicate with him," she said.

A keen Sudoku player, Ms Kearney came up with an idea to combine the games into a new board game. Converting the game into an app has refined the play even further.

"It's a scoring game, not a completion game, like Sudoku," she said. "When you play, you compete against the computer character, Granny Sue.

"You can play at varying levels of difficulty."

But it's not just for the oldies.

"My granddaughter Alannah Lapham is a 16-year-old and she's addicted to the game," Ms Kearney said.

She said the next version of the game would allow people to compete against each other on their iPads. She said the game would also be adapted to other tablet platforms in time.

Ms Kearney also continues to develop Sudoku Flick as a table-top board game, engaging the talents of Grafton university student Adam Richey.

The iPad game is part of Ms Kearney's new lease on life after three girlfriends died of cancer when she was 61.

Since then she has performed a comedy routine at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2010, emceed the Yamba Comedy Festival, does casual teaching at Cowper Public School and runs a program she calls Technology Enthusiasm and Knowledge for Oldies (TEKOS).

"It's a cool name for something that encourages older people to lose their fear of technology and enjoy their lives more," she said.

The game can be downloaded to an iPad or iPhone through the App Store for 99 cents.


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