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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, pro­ject­pix­el­

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