Northern Irish schoolboys Ashley Hunter and Mark Thompson have broken into the App Store with their iPad game Penguin Slider.

Created as part of their studies for an A-Level in ICT and Moving Image Arts, Penguin Slider is a game in which you must help a penguin cross treacherous ice fields in order to progress through the levels.

Hunter and Thompson, students of the Wallace High School in Lisburn, have formed a company called Velox Studios and promise there will be more apps to come in the future.

"We are already about to release an iPhone version of Penguin Slider and we have a few other exciting ideas," said Hunter.

Penguin Slider, which has already been downloaded more than 100 times after making its debut on Thursday, costs £1.19 and the duo are putting the proceeds aside to help fund their university education.

"We are very proud of Mark and Ashley’s success; a key aim of Wallace is to foster and encourage innovation and creativity," Deborah O'Hare, principal of the Wallace High School said.

“Young people are being bombarded with negative messages about the economy, their employment opportunities and the prohibitive costs of higher education. It is refreshing and inspirational to see two of our students produce an app in a competitive and lucrative market," she continued.