It seems that every year some new software is developed that makes folks like me think “wow, video game creation is really becoming possible for everyone.” It’s great to see that there’s an increase in openness of engines, as well as the creation of software which doesn’t even require programming know-how to get going. The latest game creation device is even more friendly, and is known as Bloxels. Instead of being a pure software solution it takes on the look of a toy with a tangible board which you place different colored cubes into.
These small blocks can go anywhere on the square board’s surface. Once all blocks desired have been placed, you then get out your tablet or smartphone to take a photo of the board from above. After the photo is taken, the Bloxels app recognizes each block color, and its configuration, and then creates a game map based exactly off the created design. Once in game, more customization options await. The app allows for customization of the game world’s colors, included characters, and block textures. Finally, you can play the newly-minted stage when everything’s ready. But what kind of game is being generated anyway? It’s basically a top-down dungeon crawler by the name of B.R.A.V.E. Squad.
You can play B.R.A.V.E. Squad without owning a Bloxels board, but of course creating new levels requires it. After creating your best stages you can even send them out to challenge other community members with. Bloxels requires $40,000 to succeed and has already made more than half that.
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