Crash Course: Let's Make a Game!

by Jon (Updated on 2015-11-04)

Part 1 (Intro) - Part 2 (Resources) - Part 3 (Actors) - Part 4 (Create a Scene) - Part 5 (Test your Game)


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

Make sure you download and install Stencyl 3.4.0 (or later) before starting the crash course. This new crash course will not work in 3.3.0 or earlier.

Download the Crash Course Kit

This Crash Course requires the Crash Course Kit, which can be downloaded here.

How to Install the Crash Course Kit

Method 1: Drag and Drop

To install the kit, drag the file into Stencyl, like displayed below.


Method 2: Use the Menu

Alternatively, you can import it from the File menu (File > Import Game…).

Create a New Game (Part 1 of 5)

Welcome Center

When you open Stencyl, you’ll see a screen that looks something like this.

Welcome Center

This is the Welcome Center. From here, you can either create a new game or open an existing game.

Creating a New Game

  1. Click the dotted rectangle labeled "Click here to create a Game".

    Click here to create a Game

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

    Create a new game...

    What are Kits? Often times when you create a game in Stencyl, you’ll want to start with a Kit. A kit is a game template that comes with pre-made resources, settings and game logic. 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 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 whatever 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.

    Click the Create button.

    Create a new game... 2

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


Continue to Part 2 →

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1 4 weeks ago
it will not let me download the kit for a starter
0 4 weeks ago
hi im triying to download the proyect 1 but i can´t open it
what can i do?

0 1 month ago
Hi, i use ubuntu. I downloaded the last version from the download page and i install it.
The problem is that version the 3.3 not 3.4. I test the tutorial and works but if i check the version it recomends me download the last, but allways download the 3.3 linux 64bit version.
Thanks and sorry for my english

0 1 month ago
Please use Stencyl 3.4.0 or later for this. We'll add a disclaimer to the top to make this clear.
0 1 month, 1 week ago
I'm getting the same "Unexpected problem" as the others. It said that I should post it on the forum, which I'm going to do right after writing this. I'll open a new topic on "Ask a question". Hopefully I'll get some help :(
0 1 month, 1 week ago
Same, "Unexpected Problem"
That's just great

0 1 month, 1 week ago
But Stencyle keeps saying "unexpected problem" and I don't know why.
0 1 month, 1 week ago
Thanks a lot.
0 1 month, 1 week ago

We have completely rewritten this Crash Course to make it clearer and followable from start to finish. In order to avoid confusion, we have cleared out the comments for the old crash course.

1 1 month, 1 week ago

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