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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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this did not WORK AT ALLLLLLLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 3 years, 5 months ago
Please someone help me I have a fear of shoelases
-4 3 years, 10 months ago
I have no idea how to breathe
-3 3 years, 10 months ago
0 4 years, 2 months ago
Nice course, Stecyl helps me a lot!
0 4 years, 4 months ago
what i do to change language?
1 4 years, 4 months ago
I tried to load crash coarse into stencyl and nothing happened, apparently what i downloaded was only a blank file, please advise
2 4 years, 6 months ago
@RemingtonCole I checked your game out and it is awesome! Good Job! you should totally make more!
1 4 years, 6 months ago
hey check out me game called snake block it is soooo fun you will love it bye bye
2 4 years, 6 months ago
When I try to create a new game, the Crash Course Kit doesn't show up. Is there a reason for this and how do I fix this? Thanks!
3 4 years, 8 months ago

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