Pacman to Pokemon Ages 8 – 12

2D Retro Style Game Design 

Campers are divided into two groups by age and skill level: 7-10 years & 10-12 years. No previous coding experience necessary!

Beginner to Intermediate: Code and create your own monsters and game characters! Discover the dynamic programming and design strategies behind games like Pacman and Pokemon. Campers will learn and refine a variety of digital media skills including coding, game art & animation. We’ll cover:

  • Coding Skills using Gamemaker’s drag and drop coding blocks
  • 2D Character Design & Animation
  • Game Planning and Design
  • Multilevel Game Design & Strategies

Students will use a world class game engine called Gamemaker Studio 2, available for no cost as a Trial version. It can run on MacOS or Windows computers.

At week’s end campers can showcase their games for friends & family!


In stock

DATE: Aug 9-13th

This is a ONE-WEEK virtual camp

Encounters with Aliens

TIMES: 12:30-2:30 PM AST (Nova Scotia, NB, PEI)
And 11:30-1:30 PM EST (Ontario, New York)

Please double check your local times for accuracy
4:30-6:30 PM GMT – London, United Kingdom
12:30-2:30 PM AST – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick
11:30-1:30 PM EST – Ontario, New York, Florida
10:30-12:30 PM CST- Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Wisconsin
9:30-11:30 AM MST – Alberta, Colorado, Mexico
8:30-10:30 AM PST – Vancouver, Washington, California 

Add to your skills with Roblox or Unity 3D camp where we transition to writing scripts!

Screenshot Gamemaker GUI

 Program Benefits


This program will equip & improve your child’s digital literacy skills in:

  • Coding with an Object Oriented Language
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Planning and strategising

We provide a creative and socially stimulating learning environment that can: 


  • Boost self-esteem
  • Foster independent learning
  • Enhance creative use of technology

Take a Sneek Peek

Into one of the classes

Justin tells Samantha how he created his game using Gamemaker Studio .

Be sure to check out our Artech Game Arcade with examples of Gamemaker Games created in our 2D Game Design camps. You can play these onlline!

How do I prepare for virtual programs?

How do I join the class?

  • You will receive a Zoom Access Link by email on the Saturday before the camp starts.

Requirements to follow along in this program:

  • Mac, PC Computer
  • Web Cam & Good Internet Connect
  • Access to Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Refer to the two Setup videos below for software requirements

How to get set up with Zoom Sign Up With Zoom

Get set up with Gamemaker Studio 2 – There is a no expiry time limitation on a free trial version (with some  available for MacOS and PC computers. Get Gamemaker. There are some feature limitations with the free trial, but it is suitable for this course. There is also a one year Creator License available for approximately $39 US.