Thursday, May 01, 2014

Draw Your Game

Pixel Press has launched it's first app via iTunes, and if I haven't covered this nifty project before, well then I suck. Pixel Press began last year as a Kickstarter, with the concept of drawing your own video game. How do you do that? Well you literally draw out your game levels with pen/pencil or paper, snap photos of it with your iPad, and the app would turn them into a working game. Pretty cool idea, right? The game play would have to be pretty rudimentary and I'm sure there are quite a number of restrictions. There is no programming by the user at all, so if you want a complex battle system, this is not the app for you. But it's a nifty way to make a side-scroller when you're really bored at work.

There are some tools within the app to help flesh out your level design, such as power-ups and cleaning any extraneous lines. The first app is titled Floors, and requires you to print out graph paper that has designed specifically for the app. And you can't draw out random ideas yet. You have to work within the confines of the apps mechanics. Reviews so far are great, but the app will have flaws. The more complex your level design, the more work you need to put into the product. The simpler, the better. Also the iPad camera is not the best on the market, so if you don't have bold, thick lines, it won't pick up on the details of your drawn image. But no programming experience required to make your own 3-D iPad game? I'm okay with this. The team plans to release an iPhone and Android version in the near future.


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