2D RPG Academy [Early Access]

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.

Since the 1980’s, RPGs have been one of the most popular and universal genres throughout the video game industry. From nostalgic styles to more modern interpretations, 2D RPGs have remained a mainstay for AAA studios and indie developers alike – ensuring that there are unlimited opportunities for those with the skills to make them.

In 2D RPG Academy, you’ll explore 2D RPG creation while building real-world projects in Unity. You’ll master different types of RPG combat – from classic turn-based styles to action RPG mechanics – and learn core systems including farming, tile-based maps, and more. Through these courses, you’ll gain the foundations needed to create your own engaging RPG adventures, and skills that can be adapted to a wide variety of other genres.

You will master:

  • Tile-based maps
  • Action RPG mechanics
  • Roguelike games
  • Farming simulations
  • Turn-based battles
  • Game saving


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.



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


100% Beginner Friendly

This curriculum gives you all the tools needed to start building 2D RPGs – featuring introductory modules for those who have never coded before, to intermediate courses perfect for more experienced developers looking to branch out into new specializations, this curriculum is designed to help you succeed.


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 showcasing the RPG Market Forecast

Bar graph showcasing game genre popularity by sales

Line chart showing the differences between 2D & 3D mobile game costs

Listing of 2D RPGs and various awards they've received

List of popular RPGs made by indie developers

List of Unity Engine facts

Bar graph showing Unity popularity vs. other engines on itch.io

This curriculum is suitable for complete beginners with no prior coding experience.
Why should I learn programming?

We’re living in the age of technology. In every industry, demand for developers is high and continues to rise, yet there’s a shortage of skilled developers. As a result, there’s a huge number of exciting opportunities out there for developers who want to take them.

By mastering the skills taught in these courses, you’ll prepare yourself for roles in a wide range of industries. Whether you want to work in a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you’ll learn in-demand knowledge and techniques that will help you to succeed.

What will I achieve by taking these courses?

You’ll not only learn the most in-demand modern languages, frameworks, and tools, but also how to apply them to your own projects and real-world situations.

Additionally, as our courses are primarily project-based, as you learn you’ll develop a rock-solid professional portfolio that can be used to impress potential employers.

Technology changes quickly. What happens if the content becomes outdated?

We’re committed to providing you with the most up-to-date, relevant content. If one of our courses becomes outdated due to modern practices, we’ll update it. Often, we’ll even remake it entirely using the latest versions of the languages, tools and frameworks.

We’re committed to keeping up with cutting-edge developments in the industry, and turn this knowledge into new courses, which we publish every month.

I’m an absolute beginner who’s never coded before. Can I still do these courses?

Yes, you can! We have entry-level courses on all key topics, and each of our curriculums feature guided learning paths that show you what courses are needed to reach your goals.

Additionally, if you need a little extra help, we have expert mentors on hand to answer any course-related questions that you might have.

What time commitment is needed?

We get that you’re busy, and so we’ve designed our courses to be completely flexible, so you can learn at your own pace and fit your courses around your schedule.

While we recommend that you put in at least a few hours a week (the more hours put in, the more you’ll get out!) there are no time limits or deadlines that you need to worry about.

Will these courses help me to change my career?

Many of our students have been able to successfully change their careers, land their dream job, get promoted, and even start their own businesses… and you have the potential to do the same!

You can also combine your existing skills with your new tech skills, and expand your career, rather than changing it completely.

Our courses have been designed to teach you highly transferable skills, and leave you with strong projects that can be added to your professional portfolio – whatever you want to do, we’ll help to get you there!

Can I watch the videos offline?

All courses on Zenva Academy can be accessed both on our online learning platform, and via the Zenva app (available for iOS and Android). The Zenva app features both online and offline access, so you can securely download your courses and complete them at your leisure.

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