Plymouth Olympian Tom Daley launches iPhone app diving game
OLYMPIC diver Tom Daley revealed on his 18th birthday that he has fallen for his own iPhone app.
Within two days of launching the game, Tom Daley Dive, was already up to 58th most downloaded free app from the Apple store.
The teenager has tweeted to say that he has already unlocked all of the most challenging levels.
He said: "Is it sad that I have unlocked all the dives in my own game? #addicted #TomDaleyDive."
Tom celebrated his birthday yesterday by signing copies of his book Tom Daley: My Story at Waterstones in London's Piccadilly.
The Olympic hopeful has proved that neither book or app are distracting him from his goal – he received an early birthday present on Sunday when he was crowned European 10 metre platform champion after a dominant performance in Eindhoven.
He blitzed his rivals in the morning's preliminary round and there was no let-up in the final as he comfortably reclaimed the crown he first won as a 13-year-old.
Tom Daley Dive challenges players to master the art of diving using timed touchscreen gestures to roll, twist and tuck their way onto the global leader board.
Tom said: "Apps are one of the best things about having a phone, and I jumped at the chance to create my own. There are no good diving games out there and I love how this game has turned out: it looks great and feels very realistic – although I'm a bit nervous my own score won't make the online leader-board.
"If the game helps raise awareness of diving and gets people excited about the Olympics this year, I'll be really pleased."
Apps developer Chelsea Apps Factory has launched the game in partnership with Tom. Tom modelled his techniques for the game and players will be able to watch a virtual Daley show them how each dive should be done before attempting it themselves.
A Chelsea Apps spokesman said: "The game has only been out two days but it has been reviewed 120 times already and there were 300 tweets mentioning Tom Daley Dive on day one, so the response has been huge."