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New Guides for Hour of Code: MakeCode Arcade

December 06, 2023

Calling all gamers, tech enthusiasts, and code wizards! It's time to level up your coding skills and unleash your creativity with our latest announcement just in time for Computer Science Education Week!

In honor of Hour of Code, we are releasing a set of exciting new activity guides that will teach you how to code your very own 8-bit games using Makecode Arcade. And the cherry on top? You can use your handmade Makey Makey controllers to bring your games to life!

Ready to Level Up?

What are you waiting for? Grab your Makey Makey controllers, fire up Makecode Arcade, and let your imagination run wild.

 

Getting Started with MakeCode Arcade

First things first! If you are new to MakeCode, check out this Getting Started guide to get oriented with the MakeCode Arcade platform.

 

What's the Buzz About Makecode Arcade?

If you're not familiar with Makecode Arcade, it's a powerful platform that allows you to create and play retro-style games right in your web browser. With its user-friendly interface and drag-and-drop coding blocks, even beginners can dive into the world of game development with ease. And now, with the new activity guides, you'll have step-by-step instructions to help you along the way.

 

Coding Sprite Movement with a Classic Game of Tag

With these new activity guides, you'll be coding 8-bit masterpieces in no time like this classic game of tag! This beginner guide will teach you how to code a simple chase game and control it with your favorite DIY Makey Makey controller.

 

Unleash Your Inner Game Developer

Ready to embark on your coding adventure? These activity guides will take you through the process of creating your own 8-bit games from scratch. From designing characters and backgrounds to coding velocity and collision events, you'll have all the tools you need to bring your gaming dreams to life.

 

Learn to Code Falling Fruit and Scoring with Fruit Catcher!

After learning how to code chase, create your own classic run-and-collect game modeled after our fruit catcher app. In this game, the player tries to catch the fruit before it touches the ground. You'll learn how to make it rain tacos and to add scoring events to your 8bit games. 

Why MakeCode Arcade and Makey Makey are a Match Made in Gaming Heaven

Makecode Arcade and Makey Makey are like the dynamic duo of game development. By combining the two, you can create truly unique gaming experiences that go beyond the screen. Imagine playing a platformer where you have to jump on a real-life trampoline to make your character jump, or a racing game where you steer with a steering wheel made out of cardboard. 

Not only will you have a blast coding and playing your games, but you'll also learn valuable skills along the way. Problem-solving, logical thinking, and creativity are just a few of the superpowers you'll develop as you dive into the world of game development.

Whether you're a seasoned coder or a complete beginner, these guides are designed to be fun, engaging, and accessible to everyone. Which makes them the perfect guides for Hour of Code!

Stay tuned because we will be releasing more MakeCode Arcade soon!

 

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