Sprite Something for iPad: retro, pixel-based design

By Jeff Smykil

Old-school icon designers and retro game houses alike will be delighted by the release of Sprite Something from Terrible Games. Whether you remember the days of creating icons in ResEdit, or prefer creating RPG characters with pixels instead of polygons, Sprite Something for the iPad will be right up your alley. Admittedly, the audience is small, but the nostalgia factor is too great for it to be ignored.

Painting applications are plentiful on the iPhone OS platform, but painting programs that allow you to manipulate individual pixels are not quite so common. With Sprite Something, you have no choice but to work on the minute scale. The maximum image size a user can create with the application is 512 x 512 pixels, with either a solid or transparent background. Still, at that size and on the relatively small screen of the iPad, pixels look pretty tiny…

Pixel art is a finicky mistress: it’s difficult, time-consuming, and can be highly frustrating. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if it’s your thing, taking work along with you on an iPad is pretty awesome. We think it’s safe to assume that this app will see frequent updates until it is feature complete, as the author uses the app for his own production work. Happy pixeling.…Read more>>


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