Mythos Challenge Game Kit

Made by Pixel Arts Game Education and the Portland Indie Game Squad

Build your own games with the Mythos Challenge game kit. The kit includes paper trading cards and a developer flow chart. With the trading cards, you can invent characters, locations, actions, and events. After you create ideas about Space and Place, use the flow chart to guide your development. You can submit analog or physical games for the challenge, or, you can leap into the challenge of making a digital story, video game, or mobile app with software.

The kit and slide deck are licensed under creative commons for non-commercial use.

Slide Deck

To help educators support project based learning, adapt or use our slide deck to get up to speed quickly and easily.


Don’t know where to start? Check out a variety of free online tools that will help you develop your digital story, game, or app.

Digital Storytelling Software


No coding experience required. Introductory level drop-and-drag interface. Good for choose-your-own-adventure games. 
Works with Windows and Mac. 
Ages 8+ 



ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life.


Game Development Software


An MIT project. No coding experience required with a drag-and-drop interface. Good for interactive stories, games, and animations. Large online support community. 
Works with Windows and Mac. 
Ages 8+ 


No coding experience required with this drag-and-drop interface. Good for puzzle and side-scrolling games. 
Works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and Flash. 
Ages 8+ 

GameMaker: Studio

 Advanced drag-and-drop interface, in which you can use a variety of game mechanics. Works with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. 
Ages 8+ 


 Advanced drag-and-drop interface for creating 3D games. 
Works with Windows, Mac, and Linux. 
Ages 14+ 


Some coding experience required. Use to create complex 2D and 3D games. 
Works with Windows, Mac, Xbox, Playstation, Andriod, and iOS. 
Ages 15+ 

App Development Software


Combine individual bricks to create and share custom mobile apps right in your web browser. 
Ages 8+ 

App Inventor

An MIT project. Drag-and-drop interface. You can publish your app to Android devices. 
Ages 8+