With each passing day, the popularity of python seems only to grow. There are many fields in which python has become an indispensable tool. One of the many reasons to learn and use python is English like nature of this language. People who are relatively new to programming can also pick this language reasonably quickly.
And, because of such a smooth coding experience, there has been just an absurd amount of python libraries available out there for anyone to use and appreciate. The open-source nature of python only makes developing for python a sweet experience.
Among the many things python is used for, one of them is game development. Although it is true that better software suites, namely game engines like Unity and Unreal Engine, exist solely for game development, learning to make games in python also has its own upsides.
One of which is you would be gaining valuable coding and problem-solving experience. The reason being, game development is not an easy task. Each and every game element has to be thought out in great detail. There are many scenarios that any game developer has to think about when making their games.
You would be able to get that same experience, albeit at a smaller scale and in a forgiving python environment. Another excellent reason you try out making games in python is that you will have completed a project. You can then leverage this project to be the testament of your python programming skills.
If you want to get your hands dirty and create a game for yourself, the chances are that you will start looking for libraries. One of the best libraries we have encountered to develop your games is the pygame library.
Pygame is the python library that contains code to augment your game creation. You will get the ability to create stunning GUIs (or Graphical User Interface) and even create games that are text-based using the CLI (command-line interface) instead of GUI. You will find pygame to be the best starting point in case you want to build out a long and prosperous game development career.
With that being said, you will find a list of some of the best python game projects and python game project ideas which you can develop on your own. Doing the python game projects mentioned below should help you gain valuable practice and be an enjoyable experience to play something that you created.
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So, without any further ado and in no particular order, here are some of the best python game projects and python game project ideas that we could find all over the internet.
Python Game Project Ideas
1. Dice Simulator
The title of this game should be enough to tell you what we would be creating. We would be writing a script through which you would be able to simulate the roll of a dice. To be able to complete this project successfully, you should be clear in the concept of the game loop and random number generator.
So, among the many ways to create a dice rolling simulator, we chose the easiest to ensure most of the budding developers should be able to do them without any issues. Our goal is that when the program (or the script) runs, the program will choose any random integer between 1 and 6 (if you are simulating a standard dice.)
After the control has done choosing the integer, the next thing it has to do is to print out the number that it chose. After the printing of the number is done, one roll of dice is successfully simulated. From here, you can give the user the option that upon a specific keypress they would be able to roll another dice and get another random digit from one to six.
Indeed, this simulation is not even close to the real world because in the real world there are many factors (like, the spin, air pressure, surface hardness, dice shape, surface friction, etc.) which would be very hard for us to simulate in this simple program. However, it still would retain the randomness which is associated with a dice roll. Let us go over in brief of the topics you would brush up on if you are able to complete this game.
- Random Integer generation
- Printing and using the command line interface
- The use of game loops (while loops).
Yes, we would not be using the pygame module for this project because it is a straightforward project to do. We would be covering in-depth pygame projects in the latter part of this list.
2. Text Based Adventure game (or an Role playing game or RPG)
The goal of this project is to create an RPG without any GUIs. It might seem very hard to believe, but there was once a time when all RPGs were text-based and had only minimal graphical elements on the screen.
It might not seem very flashy or state of the art but trust us on this one. If you manage to spin up an outstanding story, one which players would enjoy, you would see that your game would be well received. Not to mention since there are not many things to take care of this project you have all the time in the world to concoct a fantastic story.
For those of you who are unaware as to how this whole “text-based” adventure would work, we have a straightforward explanation for you. So, you would need to present the players with choices as any good RPG should. Depending upon what the players chose, you should progress your story. Yes, it is as complicated as it sounds.
You will need to provide a good number of choices to the players if you want them to have the sense of actually playing the game. You also would need to code in all the possible pathways which a user can take. Story and the code should be very polished if you want your players to have a good time.
Focus a lot on world-building as well. Players should know where they are and what they are doing. Also, to help them connect to the character more, you should add in extensive backstory and an overall objective which should feel natural. Not having any GUI is actually a double-edged sword.
Since you have fewer things to worry about the players would bank on texts to guide them through the game. Hence, it is imperative that it be really on point. This is another project which you should be able to complete without using the pygame module because it uses basic programming concepts. We have listed some of them below:
- Use of if, elseif, and nested if else if statements.
- Story building.
- Data structures (arrays, strings, classes, etc.)
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We had to begin our list with the classics. Few reading this article would not be aware of what Mario is and its impact on the entire gaming industry. Initially created by Nintendo for their consoles, Mario has since then turned into a franchise in itself. There have been numerous additions, reboots, and spin-offs designed for Mario.
The game mechanics might seem very simple when comparing it to modern games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. You could either move (both left and right) in this side-scrolling 2D game, or you could jump.
However, combining just these two movement mechanics, coupled with a fantastic level design, makes for an enjoyable experience. You will be replicating this classic for the sake of your practice. To be able to create a copy of Mario successfully, you would need to take care of a lot of things.
You would have to make powerups, Goombas, Piranha Plant, pipes, and obviously a lot of pipes (because in the end, Mario is a plumber). You will also need to gel all the levels together. If you are making a deep copy, then you would also have to replicate and create different worlds for our plumber to make his way, though. Among all this, do not forget to add the princess and Bowser. Without either, this game would have no objective.
4. Side-Scrolling Dino Game
For those of you who have been unfortunate enough to have a bad internet connection, you would have seen this game. To see the game you will create in this project, all you need to do is remove your internet connection for a moment and try to open any website in Google Chrome. Please tap on the Dino and see him run. The objective of this game is simple.
You are in the driving seat of a Dino (which appears to be like a T-Rex). You can only jump and duck in this infinite side scroller. Yes, this game has no objective. You have to avoid all the obstacles and make your high score. You begin the game by jumping over the cactus plants.
Later as you reach an individual score, you will see a flying pterodactyl. You can easily avoid the attacks of this majestic flying beast by merely ducking. You would encounter other opponents who would make this increasingly difficult, depending on the distance that you cover.
When you replicate this game for yourself, you would need to take care of all these intricacies. To fit the prehistoric theme, you should go for pixelated arts assets. Ensure to keep a good soundtrack and insert other sounds at appropriate places.
We hope that you were able to find some cool python game project to create, share and play. Creating a game is a very fun and intuitive way to test out the extent of your programming knowledge.
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