St. Louis Developer Draws Good Press For Video Game App

Photo courtesy of Kickstarter/Robin Rath
Photo courtesy of Kickstarter/Robin Rath

If you love to draw and love video games — perhaps would love to draw your own video games — but don’t have software skills, Robin Rath wants to help you.

Rath’s “Pixel Press” application has garnered national attention, getting play through NBC, the Verge and a host of tech-oriented blogs and publications. The app, for iPhone and iPad, would let students, artists, drawers and doodlers turn their images into mobile video games without having to write a single line of software code.

Pixel Press allows users to draw five ascending floors to create a Donkey Kong-like video game level. Those images are then turned into an obstacle course for a digital hero to conquer. On the Pixel Press Page on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Rath suggests the game could be used by families as a group activity, by teachers to encourage graphic design and teach team building and by other hobbyists and gamers.

Rath has some distance to go before reaching the $100,000 fundraising goal for Pixel Press. After starting the Kickstarter campaign today, Rath had already raised about $7,000 in cash from 301 backers at the time of publication. He told the St. Louis Business Journal that he will still develop the app even if he doesn’t make his goal.


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