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Published May 06, 2013, 05:36 PM

A Moorhead native helps develop the "Star Command" App

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Moorhead High graduate is kicking back and watching his years of dreaming and hard work, finally pay off.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Moorhead High graduate is kicking back and watching his years of dreaming and hard work, finally pay off.

29 year old Steve Tranby, along with two partners, are now famous in the "Gamer World." Their invention: "Star Command" made it to the number one App on the Apple Game List. It just debuted, and is catching fire world wide.

Here it is...Star Command. Think of it as your father's Star Trek. Leonard Nemoy on steroids. Players can manage their own crew and more in the simulated battles. Ship to ship combat featuring plasma blasts.

All nerd and tech jokes aside...the game has just been released by Apple and Moorhead Native Steve Tranby is one of the game's three developers. The crew spent the last two years working on it, and the result is a game millions will now play.

Steve Tranby: "You know we hoped and just imagined that you think oh wouldn't that be cool if this did well or half this well. But it is mind blowing and took a couple of days to process it."

Everything about Tranby growing up was typical Moorhead. Active in soccer, church, high school leadership groups but his parents knew he just possessed something unique.

Dave Tranby/Steve's Dad: "At age six whether I had a gas grill or complicated toy, that had a lot of parts, he was 2 steps ahead of me and the directions."

Sharon Tranby/Steve's Mom: "I would find pictures under his bed of aliens he would draw with codes and I asked him about it and he said I am going to make a game one day and I said that is awesome."

In coming weeks and months, a few updates and tweaks perhaps Star Command Two, who knows.

"It is what he wants to do and so you have to feel good about it."

Just dumbfounded, we thought we would make something people would enjoy but certainly not in the top ten.

For now, enjoying the ride aboard the biggest, baddest sci-fi slug fest around. Buy the app, if you think you can handle the interstellar competition.

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