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AU: PostHarvest iPad game reaping rich harvest for charity, tops app charts

A vegetable-themed iPad app developed by four Perth cousins is reaping rewards here and overseas, while also helping those in need. PostHarvest, which is based on the family business Baldivis Market Garden, is Australia's highest-grossing arcade game and has featured in the Apple App Store's Australian top 20 and the top 100 for the US.

The aim of the game, which has been endorsed by the Autism Association of WA, is to become the master of your farm by sorting vegetables and junk to win virtual cash to invest in rare vegetables. Dinosaur bones are also collected with a view to constructing an entire skeleton.

The brains behind the operation are siblings Joseph, 15, and Nadia Blogna, 18, and their twin 21-year-old cousins Anna and David Mansueto, all present or former students of Seton Catholic College.

Nadia said the 99c app was also helping charity, with 10c from every purchase being donated to the charity Arm of Mercy to build wells in India.

And the proud sister said her teen brother deserved all the credit for getting the project off the ground.

"We are all Apple freaks and we had money to invest," she said.

"We wanted to do something that was relevant now, so we decided the best way of doing that was the app. So then we came together, but if it wasn't for my brother, we probably wouldn't have taken it further.

"He's actually the one who rang international people, he spoke with people from India and all across the world."

"He was actually the co-ordinator he speaks to Apple. We did all the designs and everything and found an overseas company to code it."

She said the app won praise from the Autism Association of WA for its educational benefits.

"They liked it because it's great for hand-eye co-ordination and motor skills," Nadia said.

"It's challenging the mind because you've got to put the right vegetables in the right bin and it teaches them recycling. It's educational as well as colourful and fun. This is just the beginning for (their app company) Lightheaded Entertainment. We are in the process of upgrading PostHarvest, drawing the story boards at the moment."

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