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Indie Game Builder

Age Guide: 9 to 13
Core Skill: Game Dev
Plus: Design
Virtual Camp £375 £475
Day Camp £545
Residential Camp £995 £1295

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Learn how to design a Indie game

Our Indie Game Builder camp is great introduction to game design for kids. We use hands-on exercises and projects to teach your child the skills and techniques required to design and build an interactive game. They'll get an introduction to core coding concepts and learn how to export and publish their game on the web. At the end of the week, your child will take home their game and will be able to use their new skills to create more games. 

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About this camp

This camp builds the game design process from the ground up. Your child will begin by understanding the principles of a successful indie game, such as user experience, display area, and more.

Through a series of fun, game-based exercises, they’ll learn to use event-based programming to animate, control, and position their objects. Their code will consider a broad range of events and outcomes. What should an object do if it collides with a wall? The code has the answer!

Additional concepts covered include game logic, digital media creation, creative asset management, programming concepts, and user interaction. Once they’ve mastered all that, they’ll design and build their own game. Finally, they’ll export it and come home with a finished product that everyone can play!

 

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What your child will learn

  • Construct 2 
  • Creating Sprites (Sprite Sizes, Transparency, Collision Polygons) 
  • Creating Animations (Frames-Per-Second, Looping) 
  • Objects (Assigning Sprites, Placement in Levels, Instancing) 
  • Event-Based Programming (Events, Actions) 
  • Branching (If-Statements, Else-Statements)
  • Iteration (For-Loops) 
  • Families (inheritance)
  • Exporting Games as Web Apps

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Virtual Camp Required Specifications

Internet speed requirements

  • 5Mbps download speed and 3Mbps upload speed (per user)
  • If using FunTech Virtual Machine at least 6Mbps download speed and 6Mbps upload speed; lower speeds will work, but the quality of the remote computer experience will deteriorate (per user)
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Minimum system requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: 1.5GHz or faster 
  • Memory: 2GB (2,048MB) RAM
  • Free HDD space: 1GB 
  • Hardware: keyboard, mouse, and headset with microphone

 

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Would you like FunTech to check your system?

FunTech can check your system meets the minimum requirements prior to the start of the course for £5.00 a full system check. If your machine does not meet the minimum requirements for the course a virtual machine will be required.

Please note: before booking you must ensure your internet speed is capable of operating the virtual machine (see below)

 

Your computer does not meet minimum system requirements?

Rent a Virtual Machine from FunTech for £35.00 for the duration of the course

Minimum specification for virtual machine

  • OS: Windows 10 or macOS 10.9 or later
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo or better
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Graphics requirements known as GPU (Graphics Processing Unit): Intel GMA 950 or any dedicated GPU (with the latest drivers)

FAQs

Can I use childcare vouchers to pay for camps?

Absolutely. We accept a number of childcare voucher schemes. Please see our childcare voucher page for more details.

How long are your summer camps?

Our summer camps last for 5 days, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm (we do not offer single or 3 day camps). There is an option for early drop off (8:30am) and/or late pick up (5:30pm) each day.

Our residential camps vary slightly as we welcome students to check-in on Sunday at 5:00pm, check-out is Friday at 5:30pm. There is an option to extend your stay until Sunday at 2:30pm.

Please note: some locations’ start/end times may be vary: please check your welcome pack for specific details.

How long do children get for lunch? 

For Day and Residential Camps lunch break is 90 minutes and comes with the option for some activities. These vary from location to location, so please check the individual location page for more details.

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Post-camp learning

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24+ Years’ Experience

Small Class Sizes

Ofsted Registered

Structured Curriculum