Getting Started

Let's Do It!

Are you interested in becoming a game designer? Just want to see what it's all about? OK, let's make some games! Wait, hold on. There are just a few things you’ll need to know and do before you get started. We promise this will only take a few steps.

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD GAME MAKER

Do you have a Windows-compatible PC? If so, go ahead and download and install Game Maker for Windows or for Mac. You can use the free Game Maker Lite version for everything on Activate! - there is no need to buy the pro version.

There some differences between Mac and PC in menu layouts so be aware that currently Activate! Challenges are designed for the PC version of Game Maker. We'll update this soon!

STEP 2: CREATE AN ACTIVATE! ACCOUNT

This will let you share the games you make as well as keep track of your progress on the Activate! site. At the top of the Activate! site click on "Create new account" (in the upper right corner), fill out the form and click the "Create new account" button at the bottom.

STEP 3: GO ON TO THE FIRST CHALLENGE!

Challenges are the heart of Activate!. We suggest starting with the first challenge Dropcycle and working your way up from Rookie to... Design Ninja!