You don’t need a laptop to design your game, as long as you have a pen and some paper you can start to put together ideas ~ then share them with us at First Tuesday meetups or tag @grrrlgames on social media.

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Start by making a moodboard of ideas for your game! The buttons below will take you to tips about 9 areas of game development that we think you might like to think about.

Click here to see examples of moodboards made at Grrrl Games workshops for Deeds Not Words in Bristol!


Next, choose a tool from the list below (or search for more on the internet!) and experiment with putting your idea into a game!

Tools for small games / beginners

Bitsy is a simple tool for making pixel art story games.

Twine is a tool for choose-your-own-adventure games.

Flickgame is a tool for making small point-and-click games.

Tools for medium games / intermediate

Puzzlescript is a tool for making puzzle games with some coding.

Scratch is a tool for many kinds of games with simple logic.

Construct 2 is a 2D game engine aimed at non-programmers.

Tools for larger games / advanced

Unity is a powerful tool for making 2D/3D games. Coding necessary.

Unreal Engine is a powerful tool for making 2D/3D games. Coding necessary.

Processing is a software sketchbook for making visual arts/animations with code.


We’ve made a list of extra resources you might need! Click on the links below to go to tutorials and tips for each section.


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Game mechanics

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Character design

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