Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding required. The app, which debuts on iOS later this year, converts simple marks on paper into a playable videogame.
The Pixel Press team invented a sketchable language for game design. Armed with custom graph paper and a small glossary of shorthand—lines, Xs, slashes—users draw games, which the app then scans and converts into an actual, playable videogame level. For example, the app reads a blacked-out square as a power-up marker, and Xs on a platform as spikes. It takes less than 30 seconds for the app to convert the marks; once that's done, players add colors and textures.
At launch, the system will make only Mario-style sideways-scrolling games, but the developers at Pixel Press already have a prototype to create puzzles—and they're also planning racing and adventure games.
Available: Winter 2013
This article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Popular Science.
But why on the IOS? All the tinkerers are on the Android! O.o
On the site they say that they don't know what Android devices will be supported yet because the game level creation has high camera requirements. Obviously not all Android devices running the latest OS have the latest camera tech. But they're working on it. (Although the last part of the FAQ sounds a lot like "don't hold your breath.")