There is a growing movement toward building more inclusive development tools. Programs such as Unity, Inform7 and Twine are permitting more entry-level developers than ever before to get into games. In that vein comes Robin Rath's Pixel Press
, an iOS app which allows its users to "sketch" game levels.
The app - which currently exists only as a prototype - works by having designers use their iPad or iPhone to scan in a pencil outline of their levels, using a standard set of symbols to stand in for particular objects or functions. Once the outline is scanned, designers can flesh out the level with tiles, sprites, sound effects and music. Pixel Press
also allows designers to upload their own assets, in addition to the software's presets.
Robin Rath thinks of Pixel Press
as a gateway tool for young aspiring designers. "Anybody that's willing to spend the time to do it is going to be able to make a level," he tells The Verge
You can learn more about Pixel Press
from its official website
. Rath and his team will also be opening a Kickstarter
on May 7th to help fund the project.