Pocket Pix - a pixel art animation toy

After finding Playnote Studio I was inspired to make something that would actually allow me author animations on-device. So this week I threw together a little prototype of a pixel art animation toy called Pocket Pix!

Here's a time lapse of me making an (uninspired) animation of a bouncy ball:


And the final animation:


This app still needs some work, but I thought I'd share a prototype to see how many people are interested in such a toy, and gather any early feedback!

Features on my todo list:

  • a tool bar of tools/settings/commands
  • selection rectangle
  • move selection or whole frame
  • some implementation of a fill tool
  • auto playback, without onion skinning
  • a menu system for browsing your collection "pix"
  • onion skin setting (before, after, both, off)
  • toggle pixel grid (with major grid lines?)
  • invert colors so you can do white on black and have onion skinning
  • export frames as pngs


  • DPAD to move cursor around
  • HOLD B + DPAD to move the cursor around faster
  • PRESS B to open the animation timeline
  • PRESS A to paint a pixel at the cursor. The pixel color is the opposite of what's current under the cursor.
  • HOLD A + DPAD to continuously pain the same color
  • CRANK to cycle thru frames/play animation

pocket-pix_0-1-0.pdx.zip (22.7 KB)


Very cool! :grin: Good job

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Works prity good I made a flea jumping animation

I look forward to more updates, all todos seem good, also saving and loading would be good.
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thank you for the 'prototype'. It feels very robust and intuitive indeed! An awesome tool for the playdate. - I wish the control pad (arrow keys) would move the cursor/brush continuously, when held down. And it would be awesome to create more than one animation/project.

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