How to Make a Video Game | Courses
Your GameSpark subscription allows you to create six games in 2D and 3D! Here, you can explore all of the games, tools, and resources we offer.
100+ Narrated Video Lessons
Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions guide you through the game-making process. Our tutorials are accessible 24/7. so you can learn at your own pace, stopping and starting when it's convenient.
Tons of Professional-Quality Resources
You determine the look and feel of your game, drawing on our huge library of professional graphics, backgrounds, textures, music, and sound effects!
Make It Your Own
Once you've mastered the basics, we'll show you how to add challenges and special features to your game: bonuses and shields, character actions, hidden passages and traps, invisible elements – you can even record your voice to use in the game!
Intro to Writing Code
Continue to advance your game design knowledge and skills in our 'Extended Learning' area! Here, you'll learn to further customize your game with simple lines of code: create a pause function, add fog, timers, personalized messages, and more! You'll also learn how to begin thinking like a game designer – inventing storylines, comparing game styles, and discovering what makes popular games so successful.
Want to see just how much you've learned? Test your game design knowledge by taking an interactive quiz after each game you complete.
Are you stuck? No problem! Our online help library answers many common questions that come up as you're working through the tutorials. Still can't find what you need? Contact our team for help.
Share Your Game
Now that you're a game design pro, share your accomplishments with the world! Send the games to friends or upload your game to YoYoGames. Your game could be a big hit!
What software will I need?
Our tutorials require Game Maker software. To make 2D games, you can use their Lite version, which is free. Their Standard Edition is required to make 3D games.
For the 3D Arena and Scrolling courses, you'll learn how to create your own 3D models! For this, you can download Wings 3D, a great (free!) program that is perfect for 3D beginners.
Why Game Maker?
At GameSpark, we believe Game Maker is the best software for creating your own games. It's easy to use, produces professional-quality results, and – with endless possibilities for customization – it allows plenty of room for game-making growth.
How much does it cost?
Game Maker Lite for 2D game creation is free. To make 3D games, you will need to purchase Game Maker Standard Edition for $39.99.
Wings 3D, the software that lets you create 3D models, is free.