Drawing and Playing with Pixel Press
Pixel Press is an early stage video design platform that supports the creation of DIY video games, without requiring coding skills. The project was recently approved by Kickstarter, with an initial funding goal of $100,000.00. The first version targets the iPad.
According to the Pixel Press website, there are just a few things to learn in order to create a basic video game within the Pixel Press environment, making it an ideal activity for kids and others aspiring game designers:
"You are designing five floors of a video game level. Your hero will start at the bottom and attempt to overcome the obstacles you create to reach the elevator at the end of each floor to advance up to the next floor. Your objective is to create a five floor level that is progressively more challenging from top to bottom."
Pixel Press: Draw your own video game
Pixel Press: Draw Your Own Video Game from Robin Rath on Vimeo.
The video below provides an overview/tutorial of how it works:
Pixel Press Walkthrough (For Website) from Robin Rath on Vimeo.
Playing with paper: with Pixel Press, design your own game by drawing it
Andrew Webster, The Verge, 5/3/13
This code-free design tool lets you freehand your games
Kris Ligman, Gamasutra, 5/3/13
Pixel Press Back Story
Pixel Press FAQ
Robin Rath's website
Robin Rath works at Coolfire