Create video games with Stencyl - an introduction

Take your first steps into creating your own video game. No software or programming skills are required.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

This introductory course has been developed, and is presented by, Innes Borkwood, author of Learning Stencyl 3.x Game Development (Packt Publishing, ISBN978-1-84969-596-1), currently the only published Stencyl book available in print and ebook formats.

In this course, aimed at absolute beginners, you will learn how to install the free Stencyl game development toolkit, and create your first, simple, video game.

This course is designed as an introduction to our more advanced game development course - and you'll receive a huge discount off the advanced course if you join this one!

Everything you need is included with this course, and you can download Stencyl free of charge - no catches!

Stencyl runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Download and install Stencyl
  • Load and test some sample games
  • Examine the features of the game that we will create
  • Create your own, simple game from scratch with no prior knowledge required
  • Consider how to improve your first game
  • Receive a huge discount off our more advanced course
  • ... and more!

Games created with Stencyl can be published on the Internet for free. The free version of Stencyl can also be used to create and test games for Apple iOS devices (iPhone / iPad) and Android devices.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a PC running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
  • You don't need to download any software yet; we'll cover that in the course!
  • No graphics skills are required; everything you need is available free of charge.
  • No programming skills are required to start this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • A huge discount off my more advanced Stencyl course!
  • By the end of this course, you will have a head start in using Stencyl - great for moving on to my more advanced course!

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to create video games for fun or profit should take this course.
  • This course is aimed at absolute beginners; no prior programming knowledge is required.
  • This is a great place to start, for free, before progressing your skill level to create a ready-to-publish game in my more advanced Stencyl course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Stencyl
Download & install Stencyl
Load & test some sample games
A quick look at the game we are going to create

Before we start to make our own games, we'll have a look at some games that have been created by other Stencyl users.

Section 2: Creating our first game

We'll create a scene in which our player (actor) will appear, and we'll add our actor to the new scene.


Making our player actor move, is the goal of this lecture - and we'll prevent him from leaving the sides of the screen!


We're going to introduce another actor into our game - an object that our player can catch. This object will be created at a random location on the screen, every few seconds.


We're ready to detect when our player collides with the randomly created object, and we'll also add a method for recording and displaying the score.

Section 3: Review of the game development process

In this lecture, we'll review the game that we have created, and we'll consider what improvements we can make, by comparing it to a more advanced version of the game. We'll also learn some handy tips for making those improvements!


Now that we have the basics covered, let's look at the next steps in our game development journey.


Links to useful web resources

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Instructor Biography

Innes Borkwood, IT Trainer, Author

Innes Borkwood is a qualified teacher (1st Class Honours Degree in Business Studies with Information Technology) and an experienced Information Technology trainer, specialising in Microsoft Office products, Microsoft SharePoint and game development.

In May 2013, Innes's book, Learning Stencyl 3.x Game Development was published by Packt Publishing; it currently has an all 5 star rating on

In addition to developing his own training programs, Innes is also a technology trainer for Amcom Education and the Western Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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