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December 04, 2023

Great News! We added a Makey Makey extension to MakeCode Arcade! What is MakeCode Arcade? This Microsoft programming environment enables students to quickly develop programming skills by creating and modding retro games.  With a few blocks or lines of code, students can create custom games for others to play. 

Welcome to MakeCode Arcade

This Microsoft programming environment is free and safe! It enables students to quickly develop programming skills by creating and modding retro games.  With a few blocks or lines of code, students can create custom games for others to play.

Creating games in MakeCode Arcade is simple and easy. Follow their tutorials to get started. This guide will share how to add the Makey Makey extension to any project so you can control your games with Makey Makey!

 

How do I use the Makey Makey extension?

Head to MakeCode Arcade, in the drawers of coding blocks, you will find the Extensions drawer at the bottom of the list. Click the + Extensions to open the drawer and add the Makey Makey extension.

 

You can search for "Makey Makey" or scroll for the extension. Just look for our logo!

Once you've added it, you'll have a Makey Makey drawer that has two distinct blocks of code.

Add the  Makey Makey  extension to  use default keys.  Add the Or to customize  player inputs

What do the Blocks do?

The easiest way to use Makey Makey with MakeCode Arcade is to add the "use makey makey default keys" block to the "on start" event block. Then you can build (or mod a preexisting game) and play this game with your own alt controller built with Makey Makey!

Blocks of code. Green loop block says on start. Inside of it is a "set my sprite to player" block. And a block that says "move my sprite with buttons"

You can also add a second player with the second coding block. A perfect addition for our new Player 2 Backpack

Player 2 Backpack

This new way to code with Makey Makey is a great place to try out our new Player 2 Backpack so you can code two player games and have twice the fun! This code is a little more complex, but here is a brief overview. (We will add full tutorials to our Resource page soon!)

Just make sure you create two player sprites, add the "move player with buttons" so you can control the sprites and use both Makey Makey extension blocks. "Use Makey Makey default keys" will control the first player with arrow keys and you can "set simulator keys for player 2" to control the second sprite with WASD! 

makecode 2 player game code

 

Online Multiplayer Extension

 

What's even cooler than 2 player games? Playing together while apart!

multiplayer extension-shows two kids playing on one computer screen

Check out Microsoft MakeCode's new Multiplayer Extension! Code your game, share the code, and play with friends!

You can try our networked game below. Open the game below.

Networked 2 Player racing game- image of two 8bit cars on a street getting ready to raceThen click "Host Game" to share a link or QR code with friends.

Then click "Start Game" and wait for your friends to join! 

 

1980s Arcade Style Oversized Games

 

We are working on fleshing out more code tutorials for Makey Makey and MakeCode Arcade. Here are a few of our favorite inspiration games so far:

Kayak Simulator 

    We love this extension so much! Our friends at Code Ninjas made this rad game in Make Code Arcade called Paddle Skedaddle. Put the Extension to the Test with Code Ninjas. Fill out this form to "Explore A World Where Kids Write the Code!"

     Dig Dug Simulator

     

    For this build, you will create a directional stomp pad and conductive touch point that surrounds this dpad so you can dig your way to treasure! Fill out this form to "Explore A World Where Kids Write the Code!" and see the game examples!

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