Create a Windows 8 Game : "Honeycomb Rush" from Scratch

It's been a few months since we've had a real meeting, so now that the summer is coming to an end I think that it's time we get things rolling again with the group.

This month we will have an INTERACTIVE meeting, meaning bring your laptop, Surface or tablet running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, to build a full fledged game using Visual Studio 2012 and MonoGame (

The Honeycomb Rush game you will build is a single-player game in which the player collects honey from a set of honeycombs while avoiding the bees flying around the screen. If the player collects enough honey and returns it to a honey vat within the level's time limit, the game advances to the next level.


By the end of this tutorial you will have:

• A high-level understanding of the MonoGame application model within the Windows 8 operating system

• Learned how to use resources (images, fonts, et cetera) in your game

• Learned how to add game logic

• Learned about 2D rendering in MonoGame

• Learned how to use touch and gesture input to control your game

• Learned how to write a performance intensive game

• Learned how to call an external web api to save and load information


The following is required to complete this session: 

• Windows 8 or 8.1

• Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 and the Windows Phone 8 SDK, which will be used to compile the game assets.

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• Microsoft Visual C# Express 2012 for Windows 8 and the Windows Phone Developer Tools, which will be used to compile the game assets

• MonoGame :


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  • Jeffrey S.

    The Kickstater for the game I was working on is up!

    September 9, 2013

  • Karen W.

    Great, very fast paced. Am going to work on it today.

    September 2, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Hey folks,
    Thanks for coming out last night for the first part of many of the HoneycombRush series. I've uploaded the project as we ended it, the screencast and the tutorial document in it's current state to my SkyDrive here : After each meeting I'll upload the next part of the video and project to this same location.

    See you next month!

    August 29, 2013

  • Karen W.

    Enjoyed the spring classes and am looking forward to building some games now that summer is over. Am also interested in writing and blogging.

    August 26, 2013

  • Scott C.

    heh didn't even see the requirements above. anything else in addition to those that would be recommended?

    August 25, 2013

  • Scott C.

    what sdk's and visual studio version is recommended for this?

    August 25, 2013

  • Jeffrey S.

    Have a major release on the 29th, bit should still be able to make it.

    August 21, 2013

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