Welcome to pikXells

A one man

indie game developer

studio donating 20% of net sales to charity and worthwhile causes

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So this is me, Paul aka pikXells, and I have spent the past seven years making a video game called XScape. Sounds crazy doesn't it? but it's true. When I started this project I had never programmed for an Apple device, in fact I had never even owned one! I have learnt so much since I began, and my skills have had to evolve many times. One thing which has remained constant throughout this endevour, is and always has been, my desire for the game to benefit those in need. So why donate 20% and not 50% or even 100%? and what exactly are net sales? If the amount were to be 50% or 100% then this would sadly be both the start and end for my humble enterprise. Between app store commisions for hosting the game, tax and the 20% donation; I am left with just enough funds to market the project and continue with development. This will allow XScape to grow and evolve with the addition of new worlds and game mechanics in the future. I use the term net sales to refer to the app store selling price of my games less tax, refunds and discounts.

XScape level 15 Neon Lights

Level 15 from the Neon Lights world

taken from the game XScape © pikXells
xscape level 21 Kawaii Islands

Level 21 from the Kawaii Islands world

taken from the game XScape © pikXells

The idea for XScape comes from the good old days of 8 bit computing, and has its roots firmly on the Commodore 64. Having written a game called Square Scape 2 back in 1995, I thought a modern remake would be ideal to help me learn iOS development. I set out to build a game which was fun to play, easy to control, could be learnt quickly, and yet only mastered over time. Little did I know back then how long this journey would take. To give an example of the fun tasks I undertook, here are some of the features you will find in XScape:

  • 90 Levels spread across 3 unique world maps
  • Over 200 in game graphical blocks
  • 17 Unique backgrounds
  • 19 Tracks of music, spanning 40 minutes
  • 35 Achievements for in game tasks & 3 star ratings per level
  • Full Game Center integration with leaderboards
  • Bluetooth game controller support on iOS and Apple TV
  • Saving of progress and achievements between devices
  • Music visualiser with unlockable tracks
  • Retro puzzle gameplay with modern sound and visuals
xscape application icon

Download XScape today

One time purchase includes all content
No In-App purchases
20% of net sales price donated to charity and worthwhile causes
iOS and Apple TV versions are combined in a single purchase
(Buy once and receive both versions)

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XScape on Apple TV App Store badge
XScape music visualiser

Music visualiser (extras menu)