Turn your screen into a playable Super Mario Bros. level with this application

Screentendo is on its way to being your favorite desktop app.

Mar 1, 2020, 2:55 am*

Internet Culture


Imad Khan

Do you play so much Super Mario Bros. that everything you look at turns into a potential level? Well, this in-development desktop application could be for you.

Aaron Randall is working on Screentendo, an application that turns whatever you’re looking at into breakable blocks with a playable Mario onscreen.

The way it works is pretty interesting. After you overlay a semi-transparent window over whatever you’re looking at, the app then processes the image to generate a level. It overlays Mario’s sprite and background and throws in a physics engine to make it all work. Randall’s blog post goes into much greater detail.

Although this is a cool idea, it’s still a proof of concept—not something you can use right now. Rendering is a bit slow (it works best with images with a lot of contrast), and the physics could use some more work. For those who are curious and have some technical know-how, the source code is available here

H/T Digg | Screengrab via Aaron Randall/YouTube

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*First Published: May 27, 2015, 4:59 pm