Alyra Academy


How to Make a Video Game (Intro to Game Design)

The ultimate crash course in game design. Make your own game from scratch.

Ages: 9-15

Previous Experience Required: None (this class is for beginners)

Concepts Taught: Character design, level creation, game physics, essential coding principles and techniques, projectiles, menus, pickups and powerups, ammo, enemy AIs, and how to use the game design software.

This class teaches everything you need to know to create your very own video game. Students will go from having no former knowledge to having a grasp over the major concepts. Many other game-making classes don’t actually teach the actual underlying skills, like coding, but this class does!

As we go, we’ll all create games from scratch. Each class session, we’ll learn about a new concept, which students will have the option of adding to their games. They will have lots of freedom to customize their games however they see fit.

Students are guaranteed individual instruction and attention during each session to ensure that their learning is tailored toward exactly what they want out of game design.

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4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 101 reviews)
Very good3%

Game Design Glory!

September 21, 2023

My son had a blast in this class! He’s been showing off his game to everyone in the family. It’s clear he’s learned a lot, and he’s eager for more. Thanks, Holly!

Mason K.

Both my kids loved it

August 8, 2023

My twins took the class together, and while they often bicker, they collaborated beautifully on their game project. Kudos to Alyra for fostering such a supportive learning environment!

Wyatt O.

Holly Has Great Energy

July 4, 2023

Holly’s energy is infectious! She has a knack for making complex concepts approachable. My daughter eagerly looks forward to every class.

Crystal B.

Alyra: structured & interactive teaching

June 9, 2023

As a teacher myself, I appreciate the pedagogical approach Alyra takes. Engaging, structured, and very interactive. Well done!

Sophie T.

Holly inspires deep creativity

May 24, 2023

Holly has been an inspiration to my child. Not just teaching the technical aspects, but also the creative thought process behind game design. Truly exceptional!

Peyton P.

This class changed our mind about online classes

May 2, 2023

We had our reservations about online learning, but Alyra Academy proved us wrong. It’s been a wonderful, enriching experience for my child.

Sydney L.

Absolute Fun Class

April 25, 2023

This. Class. Was. So. Much. FUNNNNNN

Cole Q.

Rocky start, rewarding design.

March 23, 2023

My first class had a rocky start; my mic didn’t work. But once that was sorted, the hands-on approach to level design was something I looked forward to every week.

Skylar N.


March 6, 2023

It’s more than just a class – it’s a community of budding game designers. My son’s interactions with his peers and teachers have been invaluable.

Sara H.


February 12, 2023

Warning: Side effects of Alyra classes include excessive enthusiasm, sudden outbursts about game levels, and refusing to sleep till the game’s ‘just right’. Proceed with caution (and maybe some earplugs).

Sebastian K.

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