Press is proud to announce the first in a series of
draw-your-own-game apps: Pixel Press Floors - which allows users
to create side-scrolling platformers complete with coins, fire pits,
spikes … and of course, platforms! Budding game designers from all over
the world can download Floors
for free from the App Store today.
Floors allows anyone to draw and share their games with other
users - with no coding required. The Pixel Press sketch guide, a pencil,
and the Floors app are all that is needed to unlock the creative
potential of game enthusiasts of all ages. Unique games are created and
played through a simple four-step process: draw, capture & test, design,
play & share. Not only can the app turn the drawings from paper into
playable, shareable video games - but creators can also start building
games right away using the Draw-In-App feature.
Floors was created by Pixel Press, a startup based in St. Louis,
Missouri, that was successfully funded thanks to more than 2,250
Kickstarter backers - raising $109,000 last June in order to build the
Pixel Press ecosystem.
"This is the first step in the Pixel Press journey," says Robin Rath,
co-founder of Pixel Press. "With Floors, we are delivering on the
Kickstarter promise of drawing your own platformer. Whether you grew up
on classic platformer games and dreamt of one day creating your own, or
are interested in a completely new mobile gaming experience, you can now
download Floors and get to work on your first hand-drawn video
How Pixel Press Works
Users begin by downloading the free
sketch guide from the company's website. The guide details the
different shapes ("glyphs") that can be translated into game elements.
For example, a coin is drawn as a plus sign, simple boxes are terrain,
and an equal sign can mark where the player will start in the level.
Once the game is drawn, the user holds the iPad parallel to the sheet of
paper so that Floors can capture the drawing; as soon as it
recognizes the grid paper, it automatically takes the picture and turns
it into a playable video game level. From there, the user can customize
the design/gameplay of the game and playtest it before submitting it to
the Pixel Press community (the
It is also possible to download the app and just enjoy playing levels
uploaded by other users. The Pixel Press Arcade allows everyone to
"like" levels, and it also displays the number of times a level has been
"The Arcade is one of the most exciting elements of Floors," says
Josh Stevens, Pixel Press Community Manager. "As a player, I can scroll
through and may see a level created by users I know - or I may see a
level that looks challenging from a player who is in a completely
different country. As a creator, I can share my level and see how many
times others have played it, which is an incredibly exciting experience."
Pixel Press + Education
The Pixel Press team has been working alongside the GCAA
Makerspace (Grand Center Arts Academy) for the past few months on a
weekly basis. The idea was to incorporate Floors into the
curriculum, which was built around Stanford's Design
"Pixel Press is a very promising and radical educational development -
and I'm incredibly excited to see its first release, Floors,"
says Andrew Goodin, Makerspace Teacher at Grand Center Arts Academy. "At
Makerspace, we believe that if students are able to put themselves in
the shoes of the players, then they will be able to design better games.
Pixel Press is instrumental in this iterative, constantly evolving model
of education. Once our students create their levels in Floors, for
example, they write down the feedback they receive from each other and
also from the Pixel Press team. Being able to make different design
choices on the go, and without any programming, is priceless."
Pixel Press is a powerful educational tool-one that can effectively
promote game development and digital inclusion to users all over the
world. The company strongly believes that projects such as the one from
GCAA Marketplace are just the beginning.
Download Pixel Press Floors for free from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixel-press-floors/id847758409?ls=1&mt=8
To learn more about Pixel Press, please visit http://projectpixelpress.com/
What is Pixel Press Floors? (intro video)http://vimeo.com/90266089
Pixel Press Floors Trailer (animation)http://vimeo.com/90145923
Pixel Press Quest Teaser (animation)http://vimeo.com/90145827
Pixel Press Tracks Teaser (animation)http://vimeo.com/90145744
About Pixel Press
In March 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri, Robin Rath and Josh Stevens
created a video
showcasing the idea of drawing video games on paper - which was inspired
by their memories of drawing video game ideas together as children.
Flash forward one year later, and that idea has become Pixel Press: a
revolutionary platform that makes it easy for anyone to draw their own
video game levels and share them with others - without any programming
required! The Pixel Press Floors app is designed for parents and
kids, teachers, artists, gamers or anyone interested in drawing their
very own video game. Learn more about Pixel Press by visiting http://projectpixelpress.com/
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