How do computer games work?

There are lots of types of computer games. You can solve puzzles, make things run and jump, drive a car or play a sport.

Computer games work by setting a task you need to do. When you finish one task you can move on to a new one.

When you make a game, you can decide what the tasks are and set the rules. You can make a computer game using code.

Watch this video to find out more about how to make a game.

What goes into making a computer game?


Pictures are a very important part of a computer game. How a game looks can help us decide if it is for children or grown-ups.

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You need algorithms in a computer game. Algorithms will set the rules for the game and how we can win prizes or lose points.

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Computer games are built using code so you will need to write some.

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