You probably use all kinds of programs on your computer and devices to share information and communicate with friends on social media, watch videos, manage your messages, emails, and tasks…and to play games! Computer science and coding gives you the ability to make apps and programs to improve the way people communicate with each other as well as for entertainment. Creating a game is a fun way to learn how to code, and you can share the game you create with your friends and family to play. Check out some of these fun Python games for kids that you can create while learning Python!
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Try Python games for kids
Here are some Python games for kids where you can learn Python, explore new libraries, and create a game that you can share with your friends and family.
Asteroids is a classic space-themed game where the player navigates a rocket to shoot asteroids and flying saucers without being hit by them. In this tutorial, you can learn to use the Pygame library to create Asteroids. You will learn how to handle user input to control the rocket, move objects and detect collision, and display images and text for the game.
Tic-Tac-Toe is a classic board game where two players are trying to create a row of either three X's or three O's. Players take turns marking the spaces in the grid with their symbol, and the first to create a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game. In this tutorial, you can learn to use the Tkinter library to create Tic-Tac-Toe. You will learn how to create the game board, handle user input to select a space, and determine if a player has won the game.
Snake is a classic game where the player controls a line resembling a snake to collect food. The line gets longer as food is collected, and the player has to keep the snake from running into itself. In this tutorial, you can learn to use the Pygame library to create Snake. You will learn how to create the game components, move the snake, collect food, and increase the length of the snake as it collects food.
Ping Pong is a classic game where two players navigate a paddle to bounce the ball back and forth. Each player earns a point when their paddle touches the ball. If the ball goes off the board, the game starts again. In this tutorial, you can learn to use the Turtle library to create Pong. You will learn simple game design and object-oriented programming concepts to check if the ball hit the paddle or went off the board and increase a player's score if they hit the ball with their paddle.
Connect Four is a classic game where players take turns dropping colored disks into a grid. Each disk that is dropped is placed at the lowest position in that column. The player that creates a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line with four of their disks wins the game. In this tutorial, you can learn to use the NumPy, Pygame, sys, and math libraries to create Connect Four. You will learn how to set up the board, check if a player has created a row of four disks, and place disks in the correct position in the grid.
Python frameworks for game development
These game tutorials use a variety of Python libraries. These libraries are useful for creating games quickly since these provide functions that are common in many types of games.
Pygame: Pygame is an open-source Python library for making multimedia applications like games built on top of the excellent SDL library. This library is a combination of C, Python, Native, and OpenGL. Pygame enables users to build fully featured games as well as multimedia programs with Python programming. It is highly portable and runs on nearly every platform and operating system.
PyKyra: PyKyra is a fast game development framework for Python. It is based on SDL (Software and Documentation Localisation) and the Kyra engine. In addition to the standard features of Kyra, PyKyra also supports MPEG video, sound (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Wav, and Multichannel module files), direct images reading, and much more.
Pyglet: Pyglet is an open-sourced, cross-platform windowing and multimedia library for Python. It is a powerful Python library that can be used for developing games and other visually-rich applications on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Pyglet supports windowing, user interface event handling, Joysticks, OpenGL graphics, loading images, and videos, and playing sounds and music.
PyOpenGL: PyOpenGL is one of the most common cross-platform Python bindings to OpenGL and related APIs. In PyOpenGL, the binding is created using the standard ctypes library. PyOpenGL is interoperable with a large number of external GUI libraries for Python including PyGame, PyQt, Raw XLib, among others.
Kivy: Equipped with novel user interfaces like multi-touch apps, Kivy is an open-source and cross-platform Python library for the rapid development of applications. Kivy runs on Linux, Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, and Raspberry Pi and can natively use most inputs, protocols, and devices including WM_Touch, WM_Pen, Mac OS X Trackpad, and Magic Mouse, Mtdev, Linux Kernel HID, and TUIO. The library is GPU accelerated, and it comes with more than 20 widgets that are all highly extensible.
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Written by Jamila Cocchiola who has always been fascinated with technology and its impact on the world. The technologies that emerged while she was in high school showed her all the ways software could be used to connect people, so she learned how to code so she could make her own! She went on to make a career out of developing software and apps before deciding to become a teacher to help students see the importance, benefits, and fun of computer science.