Retro Game Development Academy

Retro Game Development Academy

Learn modern game mechanics while building arcade-style 2D games in the popular Unity game engine


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Some game mechanics are eternal. Used from retro classics to today’s hits, they’re techniques that all game developers need to master.

With Retro Game Development Academy, you’ll learn modern game development skills by building portfolio-ready ’80s and ’90s inspired games with Unity. Not only will you get to recreate classic games like Pong, but you’ll also master core techniques including jumping, shooting, item collection, couch co-op, and more, which can be applied to your own projects and further expanded as your skills and ambitions grow.

Whether you want to recreate a nostalgic game from your childhood or are looking for strong 2D projects to add to your professional portfolio, these courses will set you up for game development success.


You will master:

  • Jumping and platformer design
  • Item collection mechanics
  • Health and damage systems
  • Player and enemy movement
  • Score tracking
  • Game control flow



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.


Level 1 Retro Academy Learning Goals

Level 1: Game Development Fundamentals
  • Coding with C# in Unity
  • Build a platformer & recreate Pong
  • Randomized movement
  • Scoring systems & escalating difficulty

Level 2 Retro Academy Learning Goals

Level 2: Atari-Style Classics
  • Game boundaries
  • Implementing obstacles
  • Leveling up
  • Game-ending scenarios

Level 3 Retro Academy Learning Goals

Level 3: Shooting Games
  • Missile & firing logic
  • Cooldown effects
  • Cumulative scoring
  • Infinite enemies

Level 4 Retro Academy Learning Goals

Level 4: Popular Genres
  • Player health, lives, & re-spawning
  • Enemy movement
  • UI systems for lives & high scores
  • Local multiplayer mechanics


100% Beginner-Friendly

This curriculum gives you all the tools needed to develop 2D games with Unity – 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 Academy is designed to help you succeed.


Why Build Retro Games?

Retro games continue to be a popular choice for players, indie developers, and AAA studios.  Whether inspired by arcade-style graphics or mechanics, new and thriving games based on old Atari games continue to come out each year.

List of Modern Games inspired by retro classics

Particularly in the indie realm, Steam alone has seen an upward trend in the number of indie games released on the platform each year, many of which are built on retro game mechanics. Individuals and small teams have created a number of these retro-inspired games, for which they have seen monumental financial success.

List of facts about indie games on Steam

Games made by 1-2 developers

With a market that is expected to increase to $196 billion worldwide by 2022, there has never been a better time to gain skills in game development.

Line chart of the market revenue forecast for games


Your Courses, Your Way

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. 


Mihir Patel

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.


Monica Mancusi

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.


– Andrea Cardenas-Roeder

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12 Projects Included



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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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