A Midlands games company’s new mobile app has enjoyed a staggering one million downloads since its launch on April 24.

Soccer Rally 2, created by Lichfield studio IceFlame, is being downloaded globally at a rate of 15,000 times an hour.

The free game, which enables users to play football from behind the wheel of customised cars, is available on iOS or Android.

It was created by Jon Shaw, David Deacon and Nick Teasey of IceFlame and is the sequel to the original hit Soccer Rally and includes a graphics overhaul.

The trio are all graduates of the Computer Animation and Special Effects course at the University of Bradford and the company was founded in 2012.

The puzzle game Aiko Island was IceFlame’s first release in 2011, and the original Soccer Rally followed in 2012.

Mr Shaw was born and raised in the Midlands, attending Lichfield Cathedral School and Denstone College before going to the University of Bradford.

He said: “Ever since I had Sonic the Hedgehog on the Mega Drive I knew I wanted to make computer games.

“Soccer Rally 2 is a great example of the games we want to create and for which IceFlame is already becoming known worldwide.

“It’s highly entertaining, captivating and great fun to play, but fantastic quality too.

“People will love playing it – and we can be really proud of it.”