Make your games look amazing with your own custom color palette!

You can use external tools to create sprites for MakeCode Arcade, such as Aseprite, Piskel, and Photoshop, but until now you have probably been working with the default 16 color palette. But no longer! Now, you can create a custom palette to suit your game's design!

How about a stylish monochrome green "Matrix" look? Or moody Steampunk, earthtones? Gritty, yet neon-filled Cyberpunk? Cheery jewel tones? Blues and whites for a winter scene? Any of these are possible!

In this guide, you'll learn a bit of the history behind game color palettes, as well as how to use resources and tools to create and import your own 16 color palette into MakeCode Arcade to include with your game.

Parts

You can do everything in the guide inside the Chrome browser using MakeCode Arcade and its built-in game console simulator, or you may want to pick up a handheld game development system, such as PyGamer or PyBadge/PyBadge LC to play on the go!

Adafruit PyGamer Starter Kit with PCB, enclosure, buttons, and storage bag
Please note: you may get a royal blue or purple case with your starter kit (they're both lovely colors)What fits in your pocket, is fully Open...
$59.95
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Angled shot of Adafruit PyGamer for MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino.
What fits in your pocket, is fully Open Source, and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino games you write yourself? That's right, it's the Adafruit...
$44.95
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Adafruit PyGamer Acrylic Enclosure Kit
You've got your PyGamer, and you're ready to start jammin' on your favorite arcade games. You gaze adoringly at the charming silkscreen designed by Ada-friend...
$12.50
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Lithium Ion Polymer Battery 3.7v 350mAh with JST 2-PH connector and short cable
Lithium-ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light, and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This...
$5.95
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Mini Oval Speaker with Short Wires
Hear the good news! This wee speaker is a great addition to any audio project where you need 8 ohm impedance and 1W or less of power. We particularly like...
$1.95
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Angled shot of a Adafruit PyBadge for MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython, or Arduino.
What's the size of a credit card and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino? That's right, its the Adafruit PyBadge! We wanted to see how much we...
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Angled shot of Adafruit PyBadge - Low Cost.
What's the size of a credit card and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino even when you're on a budget? That's right, it's the Adafruit...
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This guide was first published on Jun 28, 2019. It was last updated on Jun 28, 2019.

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