2D RPG Academy

2D RPG Academy [Early Access]

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


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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


Learn with Certified Instructors

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

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
  • Interactive objects
  • Leveling & basic combat
  • Inventories
  • Farming mechanics

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

2D RPG Academy Curriculum - Level 5

Level 5: Turn-Based Combat
  • Turn management
  • Different skill setup
  • Multiple enemy encounters
  • UI action option display

2D RPG Academy Curriculum - Level 6

Level 6: 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.

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Bar graph showcasing game genre popularity by sales

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List of popular RPGs made by indie developers

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All of our project-based courses are designed to be flexible – you can access courses 24/7 to fit them around your schedule, and choose the learning materials that suit you best.

You can even download your course videos and watch them offline using the Zenva app, available on iOS and Android.

Learn from World-Class Instructors

Our course instructors participate in elite developer programs and have been recognized for their demonstrated excellence in development and teaching.

That way, you can be confident that you’re learning the most up-to-date content from industry experts.

Interactive Lessons with Codemurai

Our unlimited access package comes with free access to all of the courses in our mobile app, Codemurai!

Available on iOS and Android, it’s full of interactive programming lessons and exercises so you can continue your learning on the go.

Achieve Real Results

Our community of 1,000,000+ learners and developers have used the skills learned with us to publish their own games and websites, land their dream jobs, and even start their own businesses – and you have the potential to do the same!

Check out what our learners think below:

I love the lectures, concise course objectives, and how they not only teach you enough to get started, but prepare you for the advanced stuff later down the road. 


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With Zenva, I started learning a more accurate way to approach problems and develop solutions. It’s full of interesting topics that I love to learn in conjunction with my work.


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I chose Zenva because of the large selection of topics and the fact that I can choose what courses I want to take whenever I want to take them. That level of freedom is unique to Zenva. 


– Craig Bickford

The Unity courses at Zenva helped me achieve a level of comfort with game development that I didn’t think was possible. They give you the confidence to expand your skills, and were so easy to understand.


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