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LESSONS

Check our growing back-catalogue of classic arcade games and other fun Scratch projects here. You'll find starter files, documentation, tutorial links and more. For this week's live stream, click here

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Saturday  MAY 7, 2021

TETRIS (Тетрис)

The classic arcade puzzle game, painstakingly recreated in Scratch. Twist the falling  blocks to fill in the grid at the bottom before your screen fills up. Completed rows will disappear, so don't leave gaps!

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics you'll need to follow Mr. T's tutorial.

  • PLAY the finished game

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Saturday  DECEMBER 4, 2021

MARIO SHUFFLE

Move Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and other characters from the Mario universe across a dynamically generated game board in this fun two-player game inspired by Mario Party!

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics you'll need to follow Mr. T's tutorial.

  • PLAY the finished game

  • WATCH Part 1 of our video tutorial series on YouTube.​.

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Saturday  AUGUST 7, 2021

UPGRADE SYSTEM

Build a top-down space shooter with an item store that allows players to upgrade their ship with new weapons, shields and controls. You'll learn how to create a pop-up menu that lets you pick upgrade choices, and watch the design of your spaceship update to reflect your new purchases. 

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics you'll need to follow Mr. T's tutorial.

  • TRY OUT the finished code from this week's tutorial​.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project to design your own cool spaceship and add new upgrades! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show your ships on a future live stream.

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Saturday  MAY 26, 2021

SUPER SMASH BROS

Drop your controller and click the green flag, everybody, because we’ve taken the most epic video game fight fest of all time, Super Smash Bros, and transformed it into an amazing new 2-player Scratch game.

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the sounds and graphics you'll need to make this project.

  • PLAY the finished Scratch game.

  • Watch PART 1 of our tutorial

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project to add new characters or arenas, mix up the sounds and add power-ups to make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  MAY 8, 2021

SPACE VOID

Blast enemy rockets into cosmic dust while collecting power-ups in this simple space combat game by Chromeworks co-op student Ben Tait.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  APRIL 24, 2021

MARIO DODGE

It's everyone's favorite video game character, dodging a volley of flying Bullet Bills in this simple Nintendo-inspired project, aimed at novice Scratchers.

  • Watch our VIDEO TUTORIAL

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the sounds and graphics you'll need to make this project.

  • Play the FINISHED GAME

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  APRIL 10, 2021

MEMORY BLOCKS

Remember the computer's increasingly complex flashing light sequences and repeat them exactly in this simple memory game inspired by Simon, a popular 1980s-era electronic toy.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  MARCH 27, 2021

TERROR TUNNEL

Stop an invading army of alien crabs before they can scurry out of their underground lair in Terror Tunnel, an original game by Chromeworks. This game tutorial features an interesting circular shooting system, first pioneered in the 1981 arcade hit Tempest.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  MARCH 6, 2021

SCRATCH'S ZOOM CALL

If you think YOU'RE sick of lockdowns, pity poor Scratch and his buddies. Despite literally living in the cloud, our favorite code buddies can't seem to figure out all this Zoom stuff. Vent a little of your own pandemic frustration with this lighthearted digital storytelling lesson.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday FEBRUARY 20, 2021

SCRATCH DECODER

Send and receive secret messages with this fun spy-themed decoder program. Share your secret encryption key with your co-conspirators, and start swapping secret messages. CIA clearance not included.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday JANUARY 23, 2021

JOUST

You are a medieval knight, but instead of riding your valiant steed into combat, your mount is a flying ostrich. It's Joust, the 1982 arcade classic, beautifully adapted for Scratch by Chromeworks  co-op student Lia Desrosiers. Have at thee!!

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday JANUARY 9, 2021

BEAT MAKER

Build your own custom beat in this new music making tutorial. This beginner-level guest project by co-op student Kaelen Allard lets you create funky sounds with your keyboard, while learning to synchronize events using message commands. 

  • Watch the TUTORIAL here

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the original game graphics and sound effects you'll need to get going with this project

  • Download a PDF CHEAT SHEET with all the sounds and graphics you'll need to make this project

  • Play the FINISHED GAME here

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday NOVEMBER 28, 2020

AMONG US

Among Us, the paranoid multiplayer hit that ruined a million friendships, is back with a twist this week in our newest Scratch video tutorial that reimagines the game as a one-player arcade experience. 

  • Watch PART 1PART 2, and PART 3 of our tutorial

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the original game graphics and sound effects you'll need to get going with this project

  • Download a PDF CHEAT SHEET with all the sounds and graphics you'll need to make this project

  • Play the FINISHED GAME here

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday NOVEMBER 21, 2020

SPACE INVADERS

Our popular arcade game series is back with an ultra-realistic remake of the 1978 arcade classic. Don't let the simple instructions fool you ... this adaptation is so realistic you'll be looking for the coin slot.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

CAT CLIMBER

On this week's Chromeworks Club we unveil Cat Climber, an original Scratch game. Cat Climber is a fun endless platformer where your feline protagonist bounces off of bats in an attempt to get higher and higher in the sky. Designed for Scratch novices, this simple game will teach all kinds of useful coding skills.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify this game with new graphics, sounds and game play, and save it to our REMIX ROOMand we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday AUGUST 22, 2020

LUNAR LANDER

It's one small step for man ... if you can stick the landing in this vintage arcade title by Atari. Released way back in 1979, this challenging game is all about making small course corrections to reduce your speed  and drift. Make a safe landing before you run out of fuel!   

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify this game with new graphics, sounds and game play, and save it to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday AUGUST 8, 2020

MINI GOLF

Code a mini-golf game with Chromeworks this week in a fun and simple lesson that's ideal for new users. Aim your ball and hold down the arrow key to pick a power setting, and let 'er fly! Avoid the obstacles and get your ball in the hole with the fewest strokes.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify this game with new graphics, sounds and game play, and save it to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday JULY 25, 2020

PIXEL AVENGER

The zombies took everything. Now it's your turn to fight back. Armed with a powerful sword and lightning-fast reflexes, you are humanity's last defender in this fast-paced action arcade game. this week's teaching session IS led by Mr. T's son Jeffrey, the 17-year-old coding genius who developed this original game. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify this game with new graphics, sounds and game play, and save it to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday JULY 11, 2020

SCRAMBLE

This 1981 arcade title by Konami was the first space shooter game with forced side scrolling. Moving relentlessly forward, navigate your spaceship across a hostile landscape, scrounging for fuel while dropping bombs and shooting lasers. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify this game with new graphics, sounds and game play, and save it to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Monday June 8, 2020

HANGMAN

Guess the word before your stick man meets a gruesome fate! It's the classic pencil-and-paper game, brought to life in a fun lesson suitable for intermediate Scratchers.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify this game with new graphics, sounds and game play, and save it to our REMIX ROOM. We'll show the best on our daily live stream.

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Wednesday June 3, 2020

PARALLAX

Parallax is a fun technique that can create the illusion of 3 dimensions in a two-dimensional image. It's a really cool look that can add a little depth to the otherwise static background in platformers and other games. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Create your own cool lip sync animation and share it to our REMIX ROOM. We'll show the best on our daily live stream.

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Thursday May 28, 2020

GALAGA

Another classic title from the golden age of arcade games, Galaga is a fast-paced successor to Space Invaders, with enemies that spiral and swirl across the screen before plunging suicidally down onto your ship. This version is loosely based on the 1981 original, but with simplified game mechanics. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify our game with new graphics, sound effects and game play and share it to our REMIX ROOM. We'll show the best on our daily live stream.

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Thursday May 21, 2020

DONKEY KONG

By popular demand, we're coding the 1981 arcade classic, which marked the first-ever appearance of Mario. Don't let the gorilla get you over a barrel!

  • Watch PART 1 of this lesson

  • Watch PART 2 of this lesson

  • Watch PART 3 of this lesson

  • Watch PART 4 of this lesson

  • Load the COMPLETED GAME

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics and sound effects we'll be using in this lesson.

  • Download a PDF CHEAT SHEET with all the code you need to complete this project.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Add new graphics, rules or levels and save your remixes to our Donkey Kong Remix Room. We'll show the best of them on our daily live stream..

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Friday May 15, 2020

IT LIVES!

Today we're revisiting Chromey The Robot, the character we designed in our last lesson, and teaching him to move and speak using coding commands. After that we'll be able to use him to make video games and digital stories.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Save your completed robot into our Build a Robot REMIX ROOM and show us what you've taught it to do! We'll air the best ones on our live stream.

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Wednesday May 13, 2020

SCRATCH IN MOTION

We've been studying coding and video editing as separate areas until now, but today we're going to bring it all together and show some cool ways that Scratch and WeVideo can work together to create awesome animations. 

  • WATCH this lesson

  • View a PDF CHEAT SHEET with all the code used in this lesson.

VIDEO CHALLENGE: Make a fun video clip that contains animations you made in Scratch OR make a Scratch project that uses video clips. 

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Friday May 8, 2020

ROBOT HUNTER

Navigate across a dark and hostile alien environment while being pursued by relentless robotic enemies in this original Scratch sci-fi horror game.

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Tuesday May 19, 2020

KICK IT WITH CHROMIE

We're going to finish our look at creating and rigging a character in Scratch by programming Chromie The Robot with some sick moves and letting him kick it on the virtual dance floor.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Enter your character into our ROBOT DANCE competition, and we'll see who has the best moves. You've been SERVED!

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Wednesday April 29, 2020

ACTION MOVIE: THE SEQUEL

We're continuing our hands-on exercise in video editing by adding a few more scenes to our kid-friendly action movie. Will the evil villain catch our hero in his web? Will Maya escape her kidnapper? 

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • Register for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

  • VIDEO CHALLENGE: Finish editing Mr. Tomec;s action movie, and we'll show highlights on next Wednesday's stream.

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Thursday April 22, 2020

CODE A QUIZ SHOW

Create a multiple choice quiz that you can customize with your own trivia questions,

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Tuesday April 21, 2020

ENTER THE RAT

In a four-weeks-of-live-streams special event, bring the original Cat & Mouse game to another level by adding a new enemy type that poisons you when you eat it! ENTRY LEVEL​

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Friday April 17, 2020

GRAPHICS AND SOUND

Learn how to bring external images and sounds into Scratch using the Pixlr photo editor and other free Internet resources

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • View links used in this projects

  • Used you your new image and sound files to make a cool Scratch project and share it in our Student Showcase

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Wednesday April 15, 2020

LET'S MAKE MOVIES

In this week's WeVideo Wednesday lesson you'll learn about transitions, fades, audio mixing and other intermediate editing skills while practicing with some raw footage

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • Register for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

  • VIDEO CHALLENGE: Make a funny film clip that shows the secret life of pets. What's actually going on in their furry heads?

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Monday April 13, 2020

MEMORY CARD GAME

Code a Memory card game just like ones one you used to play in primary school!

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Wednesday April 8, 2020

LET'S MAKE MOVIES

Learn the art of movie making with Mr. T in the first of a series of film editing workshops we're dubbing WeVideo Wednesdays. Joining our class gets you free access to WeVideo, the world's biggest cloud video editing platform.

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • Register for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

  • VIDEO CHALLENGE: Make a short film (around one minute) showing ONE THING you're doing to pass the time in lockdown. Every week we'll screen your best productions during our Wednesday live stream.

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Friday April 3, 2020

FISHING DERBY

Catch all the fish, but don't accidentally hook a diver in this fun arcade game. Learn how to use Scratch's Pen tool to create an animated fishing line.

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Wednesday April 1, 2020

PONG

In today’s lesson, we’re going to remake Pong, The simple, block-based video game from 1972 that inspired thousands of future arcade games. 

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Monday March 30, 2020

PLATFORMER

Learn to make a classic Mario-style platform jumping game. Once you make the game engine, you'll be able to easily customize it with new levels!

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Wednesday March 25, 2020

SCRATCH PIANO

Unlock Scratch's music engine with this fun DIY Piano project. Design your own user interface using Scratch's drawing tools and customize it to play instrument noises or record your own wacky sound effects.

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Monday March 23, 2020

CAT & MOUSE

A great game for beginners to Scratch, Cat & Mouse teaches most of the major coding blocks in Scratch, including loops, variables, and If statements.

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Saturday  DECEMBER 18, 2021

SANTA CLAUS LANE

Deliver gifts to all the good little boys and girls, but fly safely! The children of the world are counting on you!!

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics you'll need to follow Mr. T's tutorial.

  • PLAY the finished game

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Saturday  OCTOBER 16, 2021

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT

Create a Squid Game-themed side-scrolling action game in Scratch in this fun intermediate-level coding tutorial.  Learn how to use a virtual coordinate system to create a giant, scrolling play area and animate your character and a small horde of AIs as they race to the finish line without being caught by a creepy animatronic doll.

Note: Squid Game projects have been banned from the Scratch website. You are free to build this game for your own educational purposes, but please don't post this material on the Scratch website. 

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics you'll need to follow Mr. T's tutorial. This file is a zipped .sb3 file. To load it, create a blank Scratch project and from the file menu select "load from your computer" and select the unzipped .sb3 file.

  • PLAY the finished game on Turbowarp.

  • WATCH Part 1 of our tutorial

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Saturday  JULY 10, 2021

INFINITY MACHINE

Create wacky and infinitely expandable Rube Goldberg contraptions with the Infinite Machine, a Scratch framework that allows coders to connect animated sprites together in an ever growing chain reaction of cause and effect

  • Load a TEMPLATE FILE with all the code and graphics you'll need to make your own project.

  • PLAY an example project.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project to create your own crazy contraptions! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll combine the best of them into a single, giant machine that we'll run on our live stream.

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Saturday  MAY 15, 2021

MINECRAFT TD

Start digging, everybody, because we took the world’s most popular building game, Minecraft, and blew it up to make an exciting new tower defence game. Mine for resources, build walls and deploy Steves to defend your house from an army of invading zombies, creepers, and endermen.

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the sounds and graphics you'll need to make this project.

  • Load a CATCH-UP FILE with all the code we completed in Part 1.

  • Watch PART 1 of our video tutorial.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  MAY 1, 2021

STORYTELLING TOOLKIT

Teach your sprites to do complex animations, fade in and out, jump, throw, speak, wiggle and shake with this fantastic set of Scratch tools that will give beginner-level coders everything they need to create complex Scratch stories.

  • No starter file needed for this project.

  • View the FINISHED PROJECT and save it to your backpack for use in your own story projects.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  APRIL 17, 2021

SLOT MACHINE

It's a Vegas-style slot machine, complete with flashing lights, tinkling money sounds and all the glitz of the world's favourite gambling game. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  APRIL 3, 2021

ARTILLERY DUEL

Slug it out against your friends in this frantic two-player artillery game that features destructible terrain. Tilt your gun, select your muzzle velocity, and FIRE!​ in this original Chromeworks title, accompanied by a full tutorial suitable for intermediate level Scratchers. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday  MARCH 20, 2021

MULTIPLAYER GAMING

This week we take a first look at multiplayer gaming by creating a simple project that will allow you to move a sprite around on somebody else's screen 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday FEBRUARY 27, 2021

RIBBIT!

Navigate the lily pads, catch the flies and watch out for hungry fish! It's eat or be eaten in this whimsical new game, an original Scratch project by Chromeworks Co-Op student Liam Desrosiers.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday FEBRUARY 13, 2021

WHACK-A-MOLE

It was Groundhog Day this week, a perfect time to roll out our Scratch version of the classic penny arcade game. Despite the cartoonish violence, no actual groundhogs were injured in the making of this game!

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday JANUARY 16, 2021

UNIVERSAL TRANSLATOR

Learn the languages of the world using futuristic translation technology. Taking advantage of Scratch's Text-To-Speech and Translate extension blocks, you'll be able to get any sentence translated into 47 different languages in this beginner-level coding tutorial.

  • Watch the TUTORIAL here

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the original game graphics and sound effects you'll need to get going with this project.

  • Play the FINISHED GAME here

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday DECEMBER 19, 2020

GINGERBREAD MAKER

Bake and decorate your own gingerbread people in this fun new holiday-themed Christmas game. This in-depth game tutorial, designed for late-beginner to intermediate Scratch users, will teach you everything you need to know to make a fun art project that uses the pen tool and cloning to decorate a character.

  • Watch the TUTORIAL here

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the original game graphics and sound effects you'll need to get going with this project

  • Play the FINISHED GAME here

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.

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Saturday OCTOBER 31, 2020

EPIC RPG

Code an amazing, open-ended game world and customize it to make your own game in this sprawling 7-part series!

  • Watch the entire tutorial playlist HERE

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the original game graphics and sound effects you'll need to get going with this project

  • Download a PDF CHEAT SHEET with all the sounds and graphics you'll need to make this project

  • Play the FINISHED GAME here

 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Remix this project with new graphics, sounds and gameplay features, and make the game your own! Save your project to our REMIX ROOM, and we'll show the best on our live stream, Saturdays at 10am Eastern.