My second grader is crazy into made up games he creates and customizes himself. Everything from blueprints for Star Warsian buildings to trains crafted from Toca Builders blocks are on his roster of perpetual projects, and creating his own video game is definitely at the top of the list.

If it sounds like your kid and mine could be long lost twins, then Pixel Press is about to channel their creative energy and make it a reality.

The soon-to-be-released iOS and Android app started as a successful Kickstarter Campaign with more than 2200 backers, and is designed to turn your child’s drawings into a video game without any coding involved (!). It’s all about encouraging storytelling through gameplay content, which means all your kids need to create their game is some paper, their ideas, and the app.

Watch the video and you’ll get a great sense of the capabilities.

pixel press video game development app | cool mom tech

Robin Roundthird, the developer behind Pixel Press, plans to release a beta version called Pixel Press Floors later this year. This first version will allow users to create videogames with run-and-jump style platforms similar to Super Mario Brothers, while another version called Pixel Press Quest (coming in 2014) will let kids create adventure-style games.

Like your kid won’t want to mark those launch dates on a calendar somewhere. –Pilar

Preorder the Pixel Press Floors app for $10 for iOS and Android, to let kids make their own video geames.  

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