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!


cant see crash course kit in game creator

0 2 weeks, 5 days ago
For the step: 1) Unzip the file as "Crash Course Kit" and place its contents under the "Games" folder.

Previously, I copied the content of the "Crash Course Kit" to the "Games" folder instead of the whole folder and it doesn't work.

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 3 weeks ago
cool dude
i cant get my actors to move help me!
1 3 weeks, 6 days ago
I keep getting "corrupted scene file", and it won't stop saying it
0 4 weeks, 1 day ago
I download the Crash Course Kit but it doesn't show up in my kits
2 1 month ago
I downloaded the latest Stencyl and there is no sample games. The sample games on http://www.stencyl.com/developers/s amples/ all have .stencyl extension, but the crash course kit does not have any files with .stencyl extension. I find xml, png , design, bak, and mp3 files but no .stencyl file.
-1 1 month, 5 days ago
how do u do that

0 1 month, 1 week ago
Here's the way to install Crash Course Kit:

1. Go to StencylForge From the Toolbar.
2. Search for - Crash Course Kit (Search bar present on upper right side of the window)
3. Double Click the kit and download it . Now you will see that crash course kit entry is added to My Projects->Kits section .

0 1 month, 2 weeks ago
How do you unzip the crash course kit?
0 2 months, 2 days ago
When I load up stencyl I don't get the drop block or jump and run or any of the games. HELP
3 4 months, 1 day ago

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