Create your first video game from scratch without coding

Develop a game from scratch with the free Stencyl game toolkit and earn money. A game development course for everyone
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  • 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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Create your first video game from scratch without coding

Develop a game from scratch with the free Stencyl game toolkit and earn money. A game development course for everyone
8 reviews


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Learn game development with a qualified ICT Teacher, experienced IT Trainer and author of Learning Stencyl 3.x Game Development: Beginner's Guide (Packt Publishing, May 2013).

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to create video games for fun or profit. No knowledge of game development or computer programming is required to start this course.

No artistic skills are required - you'll learn where to legally obtain free, top-quality graphics and music to use in your games.

During the course, you will learn how to use free game development tools for Windows, Linux or Mac OS X, to create video games - starting with a blank screen, and working through to a completed product that can be sold or shared on Flash game portals. You can sell your games or implement advertising to earn money every time someone plays your game!

Your first video game will have:

  • Visual effects (explosions!)
  • Animation
  • Sound effects
  • Introduction screen
  • Game-over screen
  • Scoring

You will be creating Flash games during the course because it's incredibly fast to build and test the games, but the skills you will learn can be used to develop games for iPhone and iPad (you'll need a Mac to test or publish to Apple mobile devices), so you will be able to sell your games on the Apple iTunes Store.

When you have completed your first video game, you will then learn how to build the framework for a platform game with an animated player, accurate collision-detection and a horizontal scrolling screen.

Course Requirements

All the tools required to complete this course are completely free-of-charge - if you have a Windows or Linux PC, or an Apple Mac, you're ready to start this course right now!

If you can turn on a computer and use a mouse, then you have all the skills you need to begin creating your first video game.

All video training materials have been recorded in High-Definition using professional-quality audio equipment for an enjoyable learning experience. (Be sure to select HD in the video player!)

Your instructor

Innes Borkwood, is a qualified IT teacher, experienced trainer, and published author of the game development book Learning Stencyl 3.x Game Development: Beginner's Guide (Packt Publishing, May 2013), who has taught many students, young and old, to create their own video games for fun or profit.

Join Innes now, and start creating your first video game today.

    • No prior knowledge of video game development is required
    • No prior knowledge of programming is required
    • Students will need a computer that runs Windows, Mac OS X or Linux
    • Games for iPad / iPhone can be developed on Windows, Linux or Mac, but a Mac is required to publish games to the Apple App Store
    • Over 54 lectures and 7 hours of content!
    • Create your own video games for web, desktop and mobile devices
    • You will learn all the skills required to design, create and sell your video games
    • Beginners who want to create their own video games
    • Experienced game-developers and designers who want to learn how to create rapid prototypes and complete games
    • Teachers who need to quickly learn the relevant skills required to teach their students


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  • SECTION 1:
  • 1
    An introduction to the course

    Welcome to the course - an introduction and course expectations

  • 2
    Installing the free development tools

    Learn how to locate and install the software required to participate in this course.

  • 3
    A demonstration of the game we're creating

    A demonstration of the main game that we'll be developing, along with an explanation of the main features.

  • SECTION 2:
    Create a game and add a player with controls
  • 4
    Create the main scene and add a player
    • Add your first scene
    • Import a player image into the game
  • 5
    Controlling the player and adding animation
    • Control an on-screen character with the keyboard
    • Implement animations with multiple frames
  • 6
    Prevent the player leaving the screen

    Use a built-in behavior to prevent an actor from leaving the screen

  • SECTION 3:
    Creating obstacles and enemies
  • 7
    Creating an obstacle to avoid

      Create new actors during gameplay

  • 8
    Making obstacles move on their own

    Make actors move in random directions to add a surprise element to the game

  • 9
    Making the obstacles spin

    Make actors spin at a specified speed

  • 10
    Solution - position asteroids at a random location

    Making actors appear at random locations

  • 11
    Understanding collision sensors

    How to make actors detect collisions, but not react to those collisions on-screen

  • 12
    Quickly creating additional enemy types

    Duplicate our existing instructions to quickly create similar enemies

  • 13
    Temporarily disabling enemies during development

    Temporarily disabling events to assist with the development process

  • SECTION 4:
    Create objects on-the-fly
  • 14
    Creating a laser for the player to fire

    Create a laser (missile) when a key is pressed

  • 15
    Controlling the movement of lasers

    Move the laser up the screen

  • SECTION 5:
    Understanding keyboard controls
  • 16
    Understanding keyboard controls

    How to specify custom keyboard controls for controlling gameplay

  • SECTION 6:
    Implementing collision detection
  • 17
    Managing collisions between lasers and enemies

    Reacting to a collision between two different types of object

  • 18
    Solution - Collisions between player and enemies

    Solution to challenge - detecting collisions between asteroids and the player spaceship

  • 19
    Modifying collision shapes for accurate detection

    Replacing the default collision shapes with accurate collision shapes.

  • 20
    Challenge - Create accurate collision shapes for the player

    Challenge - specify accurate collision shapes for the player's spaceship

  • 21
    Solution - suggested collision shapes for player

    Solution to challenge - creating accurate collision shapes for the player

  • 22
    Setting the player's collision shapes as sensors

    Updating new collision shapes so that they are sensors

  • 23
    Understanding debug drawing

    How to overlay an actor's collision shapes on-screen during gameplay, to assist in debugging

  • 24
    Creating custom damage (HP) points for the enemy

    Using attributes (variables) to keep a count of damage to an actor

  • 25
    The Collision Quiz
    5 questions
  • SECTION 7:
    Using a custom triggered event
  • 26
    Applying damage using a custom events (triggers)

    Using custom events (triggers) to apply damage to an actor

  • SECTION 8:
    Understanding the Debug Console
  • 27
    Displaying debug messages

    Displaying debug messages on-screen during gameplay to assist with the development process

  • SECTION 9:
    Visual special effects
  • 28
    Making an obstacle fade away when destroyed

    Using visual effects - making an actor fade away, rather than just disappearing

  • SECTION 10:
    Progress review
  • 29
    A review of our achievements

    A review of our progress so far!

  • SECTION 11:
    Background scrolling
  • 30
    Creating a scrolling background

    Adding a scrolling background to the game

  • SECTION 12:
    Using Game Attributes
  • 31
    Losing a life when hit by an asteroid

    Using Game Attributes (global variables) to manage information within a game

  • SECTION 13:
    Switching animations
  • 32
    Display damage on the player's ship

    Switching between animations during gameplay

  • SECTION 14:
    Bug fixing ideas
  • 33
    Hints and tips for fixing bugs

    How to approach resolving common bugs

  • SECTION 15:
    Displaying information using custom fonts
  • 34
    Displaying the player's lives on-screen

    Displaying information to the player during gameplay

  • 35
    Importing and using custom fonts

    Importing and using custom fonts within a game

  • 36
    Displaying the scoring information

    Managing the scoring information and displaying the score on-screen for the player

  • 37
    Adding to the score when a laser hits an enemy

    Adding to the score when an enemy has been destroyed

  • 38
    The font quiz
    5 questions
  • SECTION 16:
    Impressive visual special effects
  • 39
    Displaying an explosion when an asteroid is destroyed

    Displaying special effects during gameplay - the asteroid will explode in a fireball, and the fragments will disperse and fade away

  • SECTION 17:
    Introductory and Game Over screens
  • 40
    Creating a 'Game Over' routine

    Managing the game-over process when all the player's lives have been lost

  • 41
    Adding an 'Introduction' screen to the game

    Creating an introduction screen with instructions

  • SECTION 18:
    Implementing sounds
  • 42
    Importing sound effects

    How to import sound-effects into a game

  • 43
    Creating a sound management routine

    Creating a module to manage the playing of sounds effects

  • 44
    Implementing the final sound effects

    Implementing the sound effects during gameplay

  • 45
    Playing a soundtrack

    Importing and playing a soundtrack

  • 46
    Implementing a 'mute' feature

    Allow the player to mute sounds while the game is being played

  • 47
    The sounds quiz
    5 questions
  • SECTION 19:
    Adding a 'pause' feature
  • 48
    Pause the game on a key-press

    Adding a pause feature to allow the player to freeze the game during gameplay

  • SECTION 20:
    Ideas for improvements to the game
  • 49
    Challenges for improving the game

    Suggested improvements to the game, and information about future lectures

  • SECTION 21:
    Creating a platform framework
  • 50
    Import a tileset and create the platforms

    Import a tielset and build the platform scene

  • 51
    Import a player and set the animations and keyboard controls

    Import the animations for the player and set the keyboard controls.

  • 52
    Editing tileset collision shapes for accurate platforms

    Creating a custom collision shapes for a tile.

  • 53
    Add camera movement to scroll the screen

    Make the scene three times wider, and make it scroll horizontally as the player runs along the scene.

  • SECTION 22:
    Game Development Resources
  • 54
    Free game development tools and resources
  • SECTION 23:
    Working with Waypoints (paths_
  • 55
    Using the Waypoint behavior on Stencylforge

    Learn how to download and utilise the Waypoint Follower behavior on StencylForge. This behavior enables actors to follow a fixed path.

  • 56
    Advanced use of the Waypoint Follower behavior

    Learn how to use the more advanced features of the Waypoint Follower for improved integration with your games.

  • 57
    A detailed walk-through of the code in the Waypoint Follower behavior

    Learn how the Waypoint Follower behavior was created with this detailed explanation of the code blocks. There are some very useful techniques demonstrated in this behavior, which are useful for modifying this behavior, and for use in your own behaviors!


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  • Megan Garrison
    One of the Best!

    This is one of the best courses on Udemy - I totally recommend it - Mr. B really knows how to teach! He gives the info you need in a clear, step by step, timely manner. I would love a more in-depth course from this teacher :-)

  • Carmine Guida
    This is the course you're looking for!

    Excellently paced course with great teacher takes you from start to finish on making your first game. Very high quality class. Absolutely recommend.

  • Michael Grissom
    Great Stencyl Course!

    I really enjoyed the course! It was very understandable and laid out very well. Kudos Innes! Looking forward to the Stemcyl 3.0 updates!

  • Graeme Moralee
    Excellent overview of Stencyl

    A complete and comprehensive introduction to using Stencyl. I have 5 year old twins who want to start programming and making their own games. Using what I've learned from this course I've started teaching them the basics of Stencyl too.

  • Vlad Tagunkov
    One of the Best Game Tutorial Creation. Easy and WSWG

    Strongly recommend that tutorial if you want to learn Video Game creation process without Programming Skills. Easy to follow and easy step by step manual.

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