Crash Course: Let's Make a Game!

by Jon (Updated on 2015-07-22)


This short, hands-on tutorial will walk you through the steps needed to create a simple platformer using premade content, so that you can become familiar with the main parts of Stencyl's interface.

Specifically, we'll show you how to...

Without further ado, let's get started!

Download and install Stencyl before starting this crash course.



Please be aware that Stencyl (as of 3.3.0) does not ship with any sample games, so the Welcome Center will appear empty. You can find sample games here.

Screenshots may differ from current versions of Stencyl. If something is way off to the point where the article isn't followable, let us know in the comments.


Downloadable Materials

This Crash Course makes use of the Crash Course Kit, which you can download it here.

Here is how you can install this kit.

1) Unzip the folder as "Crash Course Kit" and place its contents under the "Games" folder. (We describe how to locate this folder next)

2) You can locate the "Games" folder by clicking the "View Games Folder" button in the bottom bar, just after opening Stencyl.

(Prefer to watch a video of this?)


(1 of 5): Create a New Game

Welcome Center

When you first load up Stencyl, you'll see a screen that looks something like this.

(Sidenote: Stencyl does not come with any sample projects. If you want these samples, you can find them here.)

This is the Welcome Center. From here, you can create a new game, open an existing game, or browse games that other people have created.


Creating a New Game

1) Click the dotted square labeled Click here to create new Game.

2) Click on the Crash Course Kit, then click the Next button at the bottom of the dialog.

What are Kits? Often times when you create a game in Stencyl, you'll want to start with a Kit, a game template that comes with sample resources and has things like settings and game logic already configured. The kit you're starting with here has all the resources you'll need for the Crash Course.

3) Next, you'll see a dialog pop up (shown below) where you can set the game window's size (in pixels) and name your game. We're going to name it Crash Course Game, though feel free to name it something else if you'd like. By setting the Width and Height dimensions in the Screen Size section, you are determining the size of the window/view that the player will see when he or she plays your game. In this case, let's go with a Width of 640 and a Height of 480.

Crash Course Set Game Window Size

4) You'll now be taken to the Dashboard, a central area where you can see your game's resources (graphics, sounds, game logic, etc.) and settings.


Click to Continue to Part 2

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!


We've updated the instructions and have provided an updated version of the kit (thanks TheIndieStation!) that will work with the latest public release of Stencyl.

To reiterate, you must download the kit - it is not included in Stencyl.

2 1 month, 1 week ago
Extract the zip as seen here: http://i.imgur.com/ufh3DIo.png
The guide is working as of current.

1 1 month, 1 week ago
to people lost like me: "crash course kit" is to be found throught the Stencylforge in Creation>Kits "most useful" otherwise just 2 kits appear…
2 1 month, 1 week ago
there's no crash course kit on the forge…
the only one working is "Plateformer Movement"
dunno if it does the trick
but definetely lack of info / update on the website for the newbies…

0 1 month, 1 week ago
To all new users going through Crash Course for the first time and unable to properly download and integrate kits, you must use StencylForge from the program's upper toolbar. You can download it directly through the program.
3 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Sooooo, new users, of which there are sure to be many, due to the new Humble Bundle, are basically f----- for a tutorial, until someone gets off his thumbs, and updates this for the current version? Great. Cool. Just what I wanted.

Smooth move giving away thousands of keys, and not even having accurate basic documentation and tutorial kits.

Let the downvotes begin. IDFC.

5 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for making it clear, TheIndieStation
2 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hey guys!
Dont worry about the kits not working. This is because those kits do not work with the current version of Stencyl.
I am working on updated versions so you can still follow this quick guide!

2 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The Crash Kit tutorial won't work.
I downloaded and imported the Crash Kit as required, but then when I press Create Game it won't show me any imported kits in the left. Just Blank game option.
Same with all other kits.

0 1 month, 3 weeks ago
To all of those who are having trouble with the resource kit:
Go to the Stency Forge and search "Crash Course Kit". Find the Kit and download.
It's that simple, but it isn't mentioned here. I'm assuming that these instructions are before the forge was added or something of the sort. I hope this helps.

3 1 month, 3 weeks ago

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