Starting MakeCode Arcade

Starting the MakeCode Arcade web application

On your computer, start the Chrome browser. Navigate to the website https://arcade.makecode.com. You should see the following opening screen:

To start a new project, you click the New Project box which has a white circle with a purple + inside (circled in red below):

You'll get the following screen which is where you can start coding:

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The code creation view. See the named areas below, above numbered in orange.

The screen is divided into several areas. 

  1. The grey gaming device simulator - used to test your code on a software simulated game board.
  2. Code Block Groups - code blocks are grouped into various groups and color coded to make them easier to know to which group they belong.
  3. On Start code block - this is added for every new project - you may or may not need it, it is only put up as a possible starting point.
  4. Code Block Area - where you drag blocks from the Code Block Groups to make your program.
  5. Filename Save - when you are ready to save your code to your computer file storage, name the file here and press the floppy disk Save icon.
  6. Download Button - download the code to a Microsoft MakeCode Arcade-compatible board.
This guide was first published on Jul 31, 2019. It was last updated on Jul 31, 2019. This page (Starting MakeCode Arcade) was last updated on Nov 21, 2019.