Crash Course: Let's Make a Game!

by Jon (Updated on 2014-02-02)


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.



Screenshots may differ slightly from current versions of Stencyl. We'll update the Crash Course after major releases such as 2.0 and 3.0.

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 ships with Stencyl by default. If it is missing, or if you deleted it, you can download it here.

1) Unzip the file as "Crash Course Kit" and place its contents under the "Games" folder.

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


(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.

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!


How do you unzip the crash course kit?
0 6 days, 23 hours ago
When I load up stencyl I don't get the drop block or jump and run or any of the games. HELP
4 2 months, 6 days ago
yugo salkins
I don't recall seeing some of these images. Did I download a different version?
0 2 months, 2 weeks ago
So, I'm using stencyl a few months and, i dont find a good tutorial to help me to make my games, i want to pay the indie license, but i m afraid do this because i have this difficult to learn how to use the engine, but i love stencyl and i will try to learn more how to make my games, but would be cool if the Stencyl doing some video training or other things like cool tutorial to show differents kind of games.
2 3 months, 1 week ago
OK, I know how to do it. Stencyl I would recommend telling people this (: . Go to stencyl forge (The shop icon in the bar above the Dashboard) and on the left bar click 'kits'. On the bar at the top that appears, click 'Newest'. 'Then find Crash Course kit'. Double click on it and then click download. It should now work. Hope you found it helpful!
6 3 months, 2 weeks ago
I dont have the example why?

0 3 months, 3 weeks ago
The reason why it doesn't show the kits is because the course is for an old version of stenyl. For the current version everything is located in Stencyl forge
1 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Why are there not better instructions to install the crash course kit, and why doesn't it come pre-installed? I had to go dig through a forum to get it working. not a great first impression when I'm looking for a replacement for another mobile game development platform.
1 3 months, 3 weeks ago
how do you download the kit?

1 3 months, 3 weeks ago
How would I create enemies that move toward my actor and attack with a kill value?
2 4 months, 4 weeks ago

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