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 30 day free trial version available for MacOS and PC computers. Get Gamemaker. There is also a one year Creator License available for $39 US.