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!


Not a good start. You will need to copy the Crash Course Game extract from the default \program\stencyl\games to the appdata folder that you can find by clicking on the 'View Games Folder' button.
1 1 week, 2 days ago
this kit is a piece of ........... because its not downloading and it can also a ............. type of computer
1 1 week, 3 days ago
there is something broken about all this...
2 1 week, 3 days ago
the kit didn't download
2 2 weeks, 2 days ago
I tried it again but it still isn't working on my windows 7 home desktop!!!!!!!
1 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Looks like there is multiple install areas of Stencyl on Windows. I found there was a Stencyl folder under 'C:\ProgramFile', but installing the kit there did nothing.

Installing your Crash Course Kit under 'C:\Documents and Settings\User name\Application data\Stencyl\Games' was the correct directory. Careful some versions of windows may have 'Applicaton Data' as a hidden folder. This was my problem on Windows XP.

-2 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Not able to find the Crash Course Kit.pls help
0 2 weeks, 5 days ago
i've fixed the problem by re-instaling Stencyl and moving it from C:\Program Files (x86)\Stencyl to C:\Program Files\Stencyl.
Now the Crash kit works perfect. :)

2 3 weeks, 4 days ago

-2 4 weeks ago
The Crash Course didn't work for me either until made a directory in the Games folder Called Crash Course Kit and unzipped the file and loaded it into the new folder.
0 1 month, 1 day ago

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