Kids Make Video Games

Posted by (twitter: @joeld42)
April 16th, 2016 8:38 pm

I’m not officially doing LudumDare today because I’m hosting a “Kids Make Video Games” event! We had a bunch of 2nd and 3rd graders over and they all got to draw animated characters (which I will rig up in Spriter tomorrow).


They drew tilesets and build levels in Tiled.  Here’s me explaining how Tilesets work.


The kids got really into it. They had no shortage of really good gameplay ideas. If you’re ever out of cool game mechanics, ask an 8 year old.


They really enjoyed building levels with their tiles. I spent a lot of time scanning things. :)


The game idea we came up with was called “Party Animals”, each kid got to make their own animal character, like a Cheetah, a robot dog, a ninja Kitty, and so on. One of the kids made a character based on her pet dog.

We also did sound and music and talked about game ideas.

So now I am going to get to work importing these and building some basic gameplay around it. It won’t be too fancy but hopefully in a week or so the kids should have something playable.



4 Responses to “Kids Make Video Games”

  1. WayneTao says:


  2. mikeware says:

    That’s great! Would love to see a follow-up post on how it goes.

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