So this is me, Paul aka pikXells. I have spent the past seven years making a video game called XScape, which I am now giving away for free. I began this project with nothing more than an idea, I didn't even own an Apple device, let alone being able to program one. I just knew I wanted to create a mobile game that would capture the nostalgia and appeal of video games from the 80s and 90s. A magical time when games placed greater emphasis on simplicity, value for money and replayability. Chip away at the neo-retro gameplay and visuals, and you will find at the heart of XScape beats a true love for music; a part of the mobile gaming experience which is often overlooked, especially with freemium titles. Available now, XScape is a free download from the App Store for the Apple iPhone, iPad and Apple TV devices.
Level 15 from the Neon Lights world
Level 21 from the Kawaii Islands world
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:
iPhone and iPad versions are supported by adverts
and include all game content. Apple TV version features no
advertising but is restricted to the first 30 levels only.
Single in-app purchase of £1.99 GBP from any device, removes
adverts on iPhone / iPad devices and unlocks all levels on Apple TV.
Music visualiser (extras menu)