Teen builds video game to help with stress from COVID-19 is free to play for all ages
Posted at 2:07 PM, Jan 04, 2021

PLYMOUTH, MN — Teenage web developer Josh Ternyak, 16, build a game website,, to help people deal with stress from COVID-19 and promote the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ternyak said he built COVID Invaders two months ago after his friend, Roman Peysakhovich, suggested he build something that would help inspire people once the COVID-19 vaccine had rolled out.

"The way the game works is it kind of helps promote the vaccine by a syringe shooting at the virus," said Ternyak. "I got inspired by the old fashioned video game 'Space Invaders' where you can shoot tiny spaceships in space."

Ternyak says he has been coding since he was 11 years old and has been building different games and websites for the last five years.

Ternyak lives in Plymouth, Minnesota, but says he has received several emails from people who live in Louisiana saying how they played his game.

"I've gotten many people reaching out to me saying their kids love playing the game," said Ternyak. "And I've also gotten 30-year-olds playing the game. So yeah, many people can play the game."

The game is open to all ages and available to play for free at

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