Feb 22, 2008
If you can’t draw graphics or create sounds for your games, here are a few interesting tools I came across recently that can help you.
Pixel Robots & Invader Fractal
The author mentions the Invader Fractal as his inspiration. It is a quite similar thing, in that it generates a sheet of tiny sprites and runs in browser (it’s a Flash applet).
Both generators are quite nice in that their authors give good insight how the programs generate the sprites.
Richard’s Evolving Sprite Tool
I saved the best for last. Richard’s Evolving Sprite Tool, as the name implies, evolves sprites. The main idea is that the program generates a grid of mutated sprites and you can choose the one that looks good. The selected sprite then spawns mutated offspring. This continues until you decide the sprite is good enough. On the left, there’s an example of an evolved and hand-colored sprite (grabbed from the Retro Remakes forum thread).
Richard's Evolving Sprite Tool
Next thing Richard needs to do is to add a way to colorize and animate the lovely sprites.
Note: Since this tool has gone AWOL, here’s something similar: Retro Avatar generator. For example, the avatar created from my name looks like what you see on the left (cute!).
Get it in the forum thread(it really needs a proper web page!)