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Samsung has announced the winner of its Bada Developer Day UK Challenge, a "futuristic" flying game for mobile phones.

The Korean chaebol wanted developers to come up with an idea for an application, programming of course on the Bada platform.

The competition, which carried a prize of £100,000, was won by Marc Fontin for his TurboFlyHD app, which allows users to fly around a virtual race track in a specially designed aircraft.

"I’ve always loved racing games which is why I decided to create a futuristic racing game that would have a real sense of speed and most importantly be really fun to play," Fontin said in a canned statement.

Quite why he thought his game was futuristic is unclear since people do fly around race courses in things like the Red Bull Air Races and the Rocket Racing League and there are plenty of flying games around, but nevertheless, Fontin was "over the moon" to have one.

He programmed the app on the Samsung Wave III and gameplay is pretty simple, just requiring the user to tilt the phone from side to side.

"TurboFlyHD met all of the required criteria however, offering users a fun game that is simple to use, yet reassuringly difficult. What’s more, TurboFlyHD is appealing to all users, children and adults alike," Keith O'Brien from Samsung UK and Ireland said. ®

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