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Crash Course: Let's Make a Game!

by Jon (Updated on 2014-02-02)


Introduction

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.

 

Disclaimer

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!

102 Comments

Amyrose123
What??
0 3 days, 10 hours ago
vasid
I found mine at "C:\Users\-x-x-\AppData\Roamin g\Stencyl\stencylworks\games"( for Windows)
Note: -x-x- is your user account.
Hope it is helpful.

0 5 days, 23 hours ago
Kickiam
@ClarityFoxx Have you tried clicking the "view games folder" at the bottom of the Stencyl page and unzipping it there?
0 1 week, 1 day ago
ClarityFoxx
I am pretty frustrated. I unzipped the file and placed it where it should be. But I can't open it in Stencyl! Why isn't it working?
0 1 week, 4 days ago
john10001
How do you get the crash course kit? Is this something you download? It is not present when I try create new game these options are missing.
0 1 week, 5 days ago
Osman2001
Yes! I have found how you can make the crash course work on windows 8.1! After you unzip the crash course folder, copy the sub folders (not the folder that is not under another folder) to your games folder. I hope this helps people. BTW, also say if it works on mac or older versions of windows.
-1 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Osman2001
I followed the steps for crash course files. Guess what? It ended up me deleting everything due to a BIG glitch! I am re installing stencyl.
-1 2 weeks, 1 day ago
RoninSC
Sorry, Repost with out the typos..

I am reading some of your frustrations so I want to share how this worked for me. First, I did not get the Crash Course with my 3.0 download. As I worked through the Crash Course directions online I got stopped like many of you. Didn't have the crash course. Went online and followed these directions:

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..

THIS DID NOT WORK. The kit did download. I did open it and I did copy the files and pasted into the Games folder. Restarted Stencyl. Still nothing came up in the program.

So, I went back and copied the FOLDER as opposed to unzipping and copying the files. I put the entire folder in my Stencyl Games Folder. I closed Stencil and re-opened it. The crash course is there.

Will update my experiences as I continue through the crash course.

I am on a Mac and I moved Stencyl from Downloads to Applications to work with.

0 3 weeks, 2 days ago
RoninSC
I am reading some of your frustrations so I want to share how this worked for me. First, I did not get the Crash Course with my 3.0 download. As I worked through the Crash Course directions online, this stopped. I followed this directions:

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..

THIS DID NOT WORK.

So, I went back and copied the FOLDER as opposed to unzipping and copying the files. I put the entire folder in my Stencyl Games Folder. I closed Stencil and re-opened it. The crash course is there.

Will update my experiences as I continue through the crash course.

I am on a Mac and I moved Stencyl from Downlaods to Applications to work with.


0 3 weeks, 2 days ago
ninjakai64
well this sucks, when i create a new game it only says that i can create a blank game nothing more nothing less and then when i go to "download a kit" there is only a platforming game kit and that doesnt even download!
0 4 weeks ago

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