Pong game using Pygame

By Martin McBride, 2022-09-02
Tags: game development pong
Categories: pygame


In this series of articles we will develop a complete game using Pygame.

We will create a simple game of Pong, which just uses a single bat and ball. The game is simple but it will cover many elements that are common to other games.

We will do this step by step:

  • Step 1 - creating a game window and showing the bat and ball.
  • Step 2 - animating the ball, allowing it to bounce of the four edges of the screen.
  • Step 3 - allowing the bat to move and control the ball, and ending the game if the bat misses the ball.
  • Step 4 - adding a score, lives, and levels to the game.

The result will be a very simple, but complete, game. It can serve as a starting point to create more complex games. For example, it could easily be adapted into a Breakout game using similar techniques.

All the code for this game is available on github under the MIT open source licence. You can freely adapt the code to create your owm games.

See also

If you found this article useful, you might be interested in the book NumPy Recipes or other books by the same author.

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