2D RPG Academy [2022]

This product provides Early Access to this curriculum. New courses will gradually be added to this curriculum (and assigned to all enrolled students at no extra cost) as they are completed and published.

2D RPGs are one of the most enduringly popular game genres. From nostalgic styles to modern interpretations, they’re a mainstay of the industry – and there are unlimited opportunities for those with the skills to make them.

GIF showcasing 2D action RPG made with Unity

In 2D RPG Academy, you’ll build your own 2D RPG projects in Unity. Master skills including action RPG mechanics, turn-based systems, farming mechanics, and more as you set yourself on the path to creating unforgettable games!


Unity Certified Experts

This curriculum has been designed by instructors who have been certified by Unity Technologies and CompTIA in recognition of their programming excellence.

As a Unity Authorized Learning Partner, Zenva’s courses satisfy the highest standards in terms of both quality and relevancy.

Build RPG Projects

Create a portfolio of 2D RPG projects, including:

Showcase of projects available in 2D RPG Academy


Your RPGs will Feature:
  • Tile-based maps
  • Action RPG mechanics
  • Turn-based battles
  • Roguelike elements
  • Point & click mechanics
  • Farming simulations
  • Game-saving systems

…and more!

Micro farming simulator made as part of the 2D RPG Academy


Who Can Take These Courses?

2D RPG Academy has been designed to make it easy for ANYONE to learn how to code their own games – they’re 100% beginner-friendly and no prior programming experience is needed to get started!

Introductory courses are provided to get you up and running with the Unity Engine, which will fully prepare you for the RPG projects.


Understand the Concepts Behind Coding

2D RPG Academy goes beyond surface-level content – it’s designed to give you a fundamental understanding of the concepts behind creating games.

That way, you’ll be able to apply the skills that you’ve learned to creating your own 2D projects.

Unity Engine with a 2D micro RPG being created



2D RPG Academy Curriculum - Level 1

Level 1: Game Development Basics
  • Unity editor
  • C# scripting
  • Build your first projects

2D RPG Academy Curriculum - Level 2

Level 2: Micro Projects
  • Farming mechanics
  • Turn-based combat
  • Simple inventories
  • Leveling and interactivity

2D RPG Academy Curriculum - Level 3

Level 3: Roguelike
  • Procedural map generation
  • Item pickups
  • Exploration mechanics
  • Mini-maps

2D RPG Academy Curriculum - Level 4

Level 4: Action Combat
  • Top-down 2D maps
  • Real-time, action combat
  • Enemy AI
  • Melee & ranged attacks

2D RPG Academy Curriculum - Level 6

Level 5: Game Saving
  • PlayerPrefs
  • Binary Formatter
  • Easy Save


Reinforce Your Learning with Challenges

The best way to cement your knowledge is to actively practice what you’ve learned. Our courses make this easy by featuring quick challenges, so you can ensure that you’re retaining your new skills.

Example of a quiz lesson from Zenva Academy


Why Learn to Make 2D RPGs?

RPGs are currently the 3rd best-selling genre, with revenue expected to increase by millions of dollars for the foreseeable future. In particular, 2D remains a popular graphical style that has allowed many indie developers to dive into the RPG space. Unity, the focus of this curriculum, also remains one of the most well-used game engines worldwide, offering developers a strong community of support as they develop their game projects.

Bar graph showing the RPG market forecast of $23.5 million for 2023

Bar graph showing RPG is the 3rd most popular genre with 11.3% of all sales

Line chart showing 3D and 2D development cost comparisons

Showcase of 2D RPG accolades throughout the year

List of popular 2D RPGs made by indie developers

Bar graph showing Unity as the most popular engine on Itch.io

List of facts regarding Unity's prevalence and popularity

This curriculum is suitable for complete beginners with no prior coding experience.

Master building 2D RPGs in Unity by learning core systems for turn-based battle, action combat, farming, and more.

  • On-demand, 24/7 access
  • 19 hours of on-demand video
  • Certificate of completion
  • Closed captions


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