GameSalad Curriculum

CS.1 Getting to Know GameSalad

Wizard Run

This unit serves as the most basic introduction to the GameSalad interface. Students start with a pre-built game and use existing actors to construct their own levels.

CS.2: Creating A Game

Monster Maze

This unit covers the basics of the GameSalad user interface and foundations of a basic game including user input, actor movement, collision, object collection, and victory / failure conditions.

Computer Science Concepts

  • Conditional Statements
  • Algorithms
  • Variables

CS.3: Computer Systems

Fruit Fall

While its game mechanics appear simple, this lesson introduces the concept of object-oriented programming through random object spawners, introduces students to the design challenges of implementing logic and behaviors that take place off-screen, and focuses heavily on user interface design across multiple device platforms (and the affordances each device offer).

Computer Science Concepts

  • Object-Oriented Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Random Functions
  • Hardware Sensors

CS.4: Artificial Intelligence

Good Tank, Bad Tank

This unit introduces a number of more sophisticated game development topics including object spawning, attribute constraints and basic AI-driven enemies.

Computer Science Concepts

  • Mathematical Expressions
  • Looping
  • Game AI

CS.5: Variables in Games and Troubleshooting


This unit covers spawning, scoring, and more complex AI logic through building the classic game Pong.​

Computer Science Concepts

  • Spawning
  • Game AI
  • Physics

CS.6: Animations and Game Physics

Space Runner

This unit introduces physics simulation, particle systems, animation control and a variety of platformer game mechanics such as running, jumping, object collection and more.

Computer Science Concepts

  • Animation Systems
  • Particles
  • Looping
  • Physics

CS.7: Conditional Branching and Data

Top-Notch Trivia

This unit introduces concepts of conditional branching and multidimensional arrays (GameSalad’s table feature) in a quiz game that inspires creativity.

Computer Science Concepts

  • Data Driven Programming
  • Variable Scoping
  • Data Structures