Scratch for Experienced Users: FlappyBat!

On Friday August 14th we made videogames using Scratch. Our games were based on the infamous “Flappy Bird” videogame that brought its creators notoriety and established them in the halls of memorable bad game design forever 🙂

We followed a tutorial I created and chose new sprites for our flappy character–many kids chose airplanes, fish, or other animals, and a few chose bats. The end code looks something like this (this is just the code for the bat that flies through the pipes):

Capture

The final product is supposed to work like this (click on the picture and you’ll be taken to the game which you can play):

Capture2

The kids did a great job. Even one child who was not really very experienced with Scratch turned out to be quite sharp and able to follow all the difficult instructions. Despite having a lot of technical difficulties, almost everyone was able to go home with a finished game emailed to them, and a lot more knowledge about some of the more advanced, nuanced aspects of Scratch–like setting variables (the “physics” of your game) and creating a platform game with objects that scroll.

Here is one of their games!

"Escaping the Pipes," a game by Aaron, codebaron2007 on Scratch
“Escaping the Pipes,” a game by Aaron, codebaron2007 on Scratch

If anybody else attended and wouldn’t mind sharing the link to their game, please email me at anhurtado (at) cityofpasadena (dot) net.

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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