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If you don't plan to use our Defold resources for Computer Science programming projects at A level, they are ideal for an extra-curricular club at Key Stage 4 or even BTEC courses.
Defold is an IDE for the Lua programming language and is ideal for games development. Used by professional and indie studios, it's a proven tool for developing games of all genres. Defold is built and used by "King", the studio famous for Candy Crush Saga. A game that earned the studio over $3.9 billion, being one of the most popular games of all time. Defold is used by more than 40,000 developers worldwide and is a great steppingstone to other industry standard game development tools including Unreal and Unity.
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
To develop games in Defold, all you need is the IDE. You can download it free from https://defold.com/download
It is a simple installation and no trouble for a school. We have included a help sheet on potential installation issues on a locked down network! Then use our tutorials to get started.
WHY WE LOVE DEFOLD
The Defold IDE gives you a solid framework for games development but leaves you plenty of room to create your own algorithms too. With Defold you are able to create a highly polished game using industry standard techniques. It's real coding, not drag and drop or menu-driven programming, but many of the more complex aspects of games development such as collision detection, physics, cameras and particle effects are made easy.
OUR EASY TO FOLLOW TUTORIALS
We have produced step-by-step tutorials for making games with Defold and Lua. Each tutorial starts from a blank canvas, provides the graphics, sounds and code you need. Detailed explanations tell you how the code works. At the end of each tutorial there are extension activities where you can extend the games yourself independently using the skills you learned in the tutorial.
USING DEFOLD IN AN EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUB
You don't need to be experienced in Defold or Lua at all yourself. We have done the heavy lifting and your students will learn for themselves. Just provide them with the resources and let them go! If their code doesn't work, they will have made a mistake somewhere in following the tutorial. Just back-track with them methodically. We know the tutorials work and are error-free because our own students have made working games with no help from us!
You will be amazed at how much they enjoy these activities and what they can produce with a bit of enthusiasm and determination.
GETTING EVEN MORE
Not only do we provide full in-depth tutorials, but we have a growing library of help sheets and assets that students can use in their own projects. Defold is so well supported in the community you are never far away from additional help and inspiration either.
All included in your subscription!