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Useful Links

Need some more inspiration with your game design? The links below can help.

Help with ideas

Games Glossary - games definitions + terms.

Idea Generator - get those ideas going! (only playable on desktop).

What do the judges look for? Download our infographic to find out.

Play finalist + winning games - see what previous YGD finalists entered.

Help with your application

Game Concept Supporting Materials - more about what you can include in your application.

Game Making Supporting Materials - how to present your supporting video.

Consent form - you need this signed before you can enter the competition.

Game Concept and Game Making example application forms - see what the form looks like before you complete the real thing.

Terms and conditions - read the entry requirements before you enter.

FAQs - got a question about the competition? The answer might be here!

Careers in the games industry

Creative Skillset - insights and advice on getting into the game industry.

UKie - Find out more about the UK games industry trade body.

Join a club

Coderdojo – Free online tips on game design + links to local clubs in your area.

Help to build your game

Audio + Sound Design

Audacity - A free audio recording and editing programme.

Free Sound - A collection of free sound effects and noises.

BFXR - A free sound generator.

Game Art:

Piskel - A free online sprite editor.

GIMP - A free image manipulation program.

OpenGameArt - Find art work, sprites, textures, and backgrounds to use in your game.

Building your game:

Unity - A 2D, 3D and VR Game Engine program. Free, educational and commercial licenses.


Twine - A great tool for those who aren’t wanting to delve into lots of art and instead want to focus on story.

Game story and narrative:

Ink - a tool to help shape the story of your game.