Abigayl's Interactive Tutorials (Part 1)

by Joe (Updated on 2012-07-21)

Tutorial 1 - The Basics



  • Game Center is now Dashboard
  • No longer need to make Actor Behaviors; can use "Events" tab instead
  • Now need to use "Add an Event" at the top left to make the headings
  • If using events, do not need to "Attach to Actor" (still needed with Behaviors though)
  • Collisions Groups are now in the Settings button at the top of the page
  • Collisions between Actors are now handled by collision events (use "Member of Group" and change the group to "Actors")


Liked this one? See them all!

Part 1: The Basics

Part 2: Attributes, Saving/Loading, Kongregate API

Part 3: Advanced Controls, Spawning

Part 4: Mouse-based Shooting, Collisions and HP

Part 5: Music, Screen Boundaries, Backgrounds, Power-ups and More

Part 6: Virtually Lagless Actors

Disclaimer: All articles are geared towards Stencyl 3.0 and above. Use comments to provide feedback and point out issues with the article (typo, wrong info, etc.). If you're seeking help for your game, please ask a question on the forums. Thanks!


These tutorials are very good, I learned a lot from them. I would like to see more tutorials like those done by Abigayl. Keep in mind that for many people this may be the first programing experience so it will be better to see tutorials that go through every single command Stencyl offers. I supplemented these tutorials with others seen on YouTube.
0 2 weeks, 4 days ago
@MC they should be somewhere in settings
0 1 month, 2 days ago
At the last part, there is no "group for colliding shape".
2 1 month, 1 week ago
How do i do the end colliding shapes part
0 2 months, 6 days ago
When i click test game after i place my player nothing SHows WHy?
0 2 months, 6 days ago
Great Tutorial, helped a lot. MADE MY FIRST GAME.
0 3 months, 1 week ago
Darj Falcon
well ,what can i say... i loved it! i got it at the first time! very useful and well explained. easy to understand ! :D ... good tutorial and yes i would like to see more!!
0 4 months, 1 week ago
I have studied game design for over 5 years now, and have recently stumbled upon Stencyl. I must say this is the best tutorial I have seen thus far. Very Interactive! I Love It! Although i had a few issues with the new version via the old one on the tutorial, in the long run it helped me learn a bit more about the interface. Thanks!!


0 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Argh, looks like the link got busted... Trying once again (don't put in the quotes:
" http://www.kongregate.com/games/Abi gayl/stencyl-2-0-tutorial-1-basics "

Also, if you need help, my livestream is always an option too. I don't have a good system to be notified of comments here, which is why I haven't been responding. The stream is:
" www.livestream.com/stencyl "

0 9 months, 1 week ago
For everyone who is getting confused since this is based on 1.x instead of 2.x, here's the link to the first of the 2.x series (the links to parts 2-5 are in the "Updates" section): http://www.kongregate.com/games/Abi gayl/stencyl-2-0-tutorial-1-basics< br />
I've tried getting Stencyl to put up the more recent ones, but it seems to be a low priority while 3.0 is being developed.

0 9 months, 1 week ago

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