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Build your own smartphone platformer using paper, pen and thankfully no coding knowledge whatsoever
Pixel Press Floors gives good game
Had a peek at the plethora of cuttingedge apps on this page and thought, “Meh, they’re good, but I could do better”? Well, now’s your chance – you just need some graph paper, a pen and this app.
Sure, Android and iOS both have their fair share of software and game development kits, but most (read: all) of them require some degree of coding expertise. Pixel Press Floors is not as advanced as others – you won’t be creating The Room here, guys – but 2D run-and-jump platformers are a cinch.
The curious creator uses your phone’s camera to scan glyphs written in the squares of your graph paper (“X” denotes a spike, a “+” is a coin, etc). You’ll need to be accurate, as staying within the lines is essential, but once the app’s worked out your basic game structure you can then begin customising with artwork, backgrounds, characters and music to suit your theme. You can then test it to your heart’s content before sharing with the rest of the community.
Two-dimensional platformers not really your thing? “Quest” and “Track” games are both in the works for an update next year. Start brainstorming now… Free, iOS 7.0+: iPad only, projectpixelpress.com