ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- Happy Up, Inc. in Clayton is hosting a party to celebrate and show off Bloxels, a new app for children. The app allows children to map obstacles on a physical board that can be transferred by a tablet to create a video game. On Saturday, April 16 from 1 - 3 p.m., the local toy store will have the development team from Pixel Press demonstrating the Bloxels builder set and app.
This morning, Shawnta Ray and Rick Harmon of Happy Up, Inc. joined Margie to demonstrate how the app works and how it can be used as an educational tool for children age eight and up.
Bloxels uses colored blocks and a design grid to create a basis for game levels. Children are able to lay out the framework of their idea. Each block represents an element of the game: Barriers, doors, obstacles, treasures, and enemies. Once the game designer is satisfied with the positioning, they snap a picture with their tablet. The Bloxels app magically transforms the design into a playable video game level. Game designers can also modify the appearance of their levels through 'skins', customize characters, and add animations.
For the demo party with the developers, children are asked to bring a tablet with a rear facing camera. If they don`t have a tablet, there will be a few available for attendee`s use. Space will be limited, so reservations are strongly suggested. Reserve your space by calling Happy Up in Clayton: (314) 725-2455.
Bloxels are one of the inspired digital products produced and published by Pixel Press. Their work to integrate digital creativity into classrooms and give gamers the ability to build their own games has been hailed as groundbreaking. The app was named one of Popular Science`s 10 Best of New York Toy Fair 2015.
Bloxels Interactive Demonstration
8107 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105
1 - 3 p.m.