Since its creation in 1996, Pokemon (a Japanese portmanteau for “Pocket Monster'') has become a cultural icon, beloved by several generations of kids around the world, and has produced many popular video games, toys, TV series, and feature films. Pikachu and other iconic characters have come a long way since Pokemon Gold, Red, and Blue on the black-and-white screen of the original Gameboy.
Aside from the 20+ Pokémon games and appearances across the Nintendo universe in amazing games like Super Smash Bros, Pokemon has long been part of innovations in gaming such as the mobile hit, Pokémon Go. Now via Scratch, Roblox, and other platforms, young developers can make their own Pokémon animations and games.
Discover cool Pokémon coding projects
These projects are great ways to learn about coding. Unlike some other subjects, most kids love learning how computer programming works, and adding Pokémon to the mix just makes it that much more fun!
If your child is new to coding, check out this fun one-hour live online class that will help them create a game for their favorite Pokemon character to collect items and evolve. No previous coding experience is required and an experienced instructor leads the class. All you need is a PC, Macbook, or Chromebook. For kids who are already familiar with Scratch coding, our teachers can provide them with extra challenges to ensure they will learn something new. Find a schedule that works for you today!
If you already know some things about MIT’s Scratch, then this project is for you. Follow CodeSpeakLabs, as they use Scratch to build a Pokémon Evolution game. Start by opening Scratch and following this link to download some Pokémon sprites. Make sure you choose Pokémon from the same evolution tree like Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur. You will then use movement blocks, variables, and event blocks to create a program where the base Pokemon evolves higher and higher to its most powerful form. This project is super fun, and easy to follow for those who are new to Scratch. It’s a great way for a Pokémon fan to learn about the platform, containing several in-depth videos to help you design your own animation.
For more of a challenge, this video guide on Youtube can help you develop a game where you program two Pokémon to fight, just like a real Pokémon Arena battle! You will learn how to animate your Pokémon sprites, set them up with unique attacks, and create variables to track health and score. It’s a super fun project where you can learn the basics of developing a fighting game, though it might not be the easiest project to tackle without some previous experience using Scratch.
It’s never too early to start preparing for the Spooky Season. With this Halloween-themed game, developers can build their own Pokémon combat game. This advanced project will guide you through building a selection screen to choose your fighter and your enemy from some of the scarier looking Pokémon. You will learn how to design backdrops and program spooky music into your Pokémon game through this Youtube tutorial. Check for a link in the comments to try out the game and see the workings of the code inside.
5. Advanced Pokémon Coding Projects
Scratch is a brilliant programming language for all ages. But for older kids and teenagers looking to learn other programming languages, there are some great projects out there. Considering that Pokemon has been around for almost thirty years and has spawned dozens of games, it’s not surprising that lots of teenagers and grownups love the franchise, too. If you are looking for a more advanced project, consider using Python to build your own Pokedex, the tool from the Pokémon universe that allows you to keep track of all the Pokémon you might encounter in the games, mangas, and TV series (as of 2022, there are over 913 Pokémon).
Enjoy Pokémon coding projects
You don’t need to be Pikachu to get that creative spark. Pokémon coding projects are a great way to inspire young coders to develop problem solving and STEM skills that will make them great storytellers, engineers, and game designers in the future. Get started today with one of the projects listed above, consider trying Game Building Club, or read more about fun coding activities for kids to fuel your child’s passion for learning. See you next time!
Written by Bryan Gordon, a Create & Learn instructor. After ten years of working as an English teacher, Bryan began studying Math and Computer Science over the past few years. Aside from writing and teaching, he likes cooking, gardening, playing guitar, and hanging out with his cats, Baguette and Wally.