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!


Han Zhang
I have a newer version, and it doesn't look the same

0 1 week, 5 days ago
how to make my characters move in the game?

0 1 month, 1 day ago
i cant get it up
1 1 month, 1 day ago
This crash course needs updating for most recent Stencyl versions - because it doesn't match up at all and is confusing new users of stencyl - like me.
1 1 month, 1 week ago
So, what am I missing? The Crash Course Kit I download does NOT need to be unzipped. I even zipped it up and unzipped it into the games folder and I still cannot see anything but a blank screen when I click the dotted rectangle. I have tried importing it, clicking on start crash course, clicking on view games folder....nothing is working. What important step did I miss? I tried this at my computer at my school (PC) and now I am trying it at home on my mac and neither way worked. If anyone has any information, it would be greatly appreciated!
0 1 month, 2 weeks ago
I don't get a list of kits when I click create a game...
1 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Copy the file, paste it into the game folder there then unpack it "Kit crash course" in "Games" folder for the kit to appear.
-2 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The correct way should be:
After unzip the file, place the folder "Crash Course Kit" under the "Games" folder in order for the kit to show up.

0 1 month, 3 weeks ago
When I try to create a new game I get a Java error.Unexpected problem on thread AWT-EventQueue-0: java.lang.NullPointerException
java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.NullPointerException
at stencyl.sw.app.tasks.StencylWorker. done(StencylWorker.java:72)
at stencyl.sw.app.tasks.SaveGameTask.d one(SaveGameTask.java:66)

2 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Saj Blu
Don't worry, I figured it out.

0 2 months, 1 week ago

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