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Create your first video game from scratch without coding

Develop a game from scratch with the free Stencyl game toolkit. A game development course for everyone

4.4 / 5.0
11494 students7 hours 12 minutes

Created by Innes Borkwood, offered on Udemy

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This course currently has a bestcourses score of 7.2/10, which makes it a great course to learn from. On our entire platform, only 15% of courses achieve this rating!


Update November 2020: Please note that this course is no-longer being updated, and some of the features in Stencyl have changed since the course was last updated. New students have advised that this course is still useful to them, because many of the concepts and features presented are still valid. For this reason, I am leaving the course open, so everyone can enjoy the content indefinitely. I am unable to answer your questions directly, but please do make use of the student features to assist each other, and also join the official Stencyl forums... there are many people there who will be willing to assist you.

     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. 

What you will learn

  • 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


  • 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
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  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Udemy
  • Language: English
  • 7 hours 12 minutes
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bestcourses score: 7.2/10

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