MIT’s Scratch coding platform is an amazing way for kids to get started with coding. There is a myriad of reasons why it’s perfect for kids and beginners. Its drag and drop interface is easy to learn and use, plus there is an abundance of resources built into the platform. This means you can get right to work learning how to make a Scratch game even without having previous coding experience.
But one of my all-time favorite features of the platform is being able to remix the best games on Scratch and open up their code to see how they work. If you’re interested in understanding code, or if you just want some awesome Scratch games to play, we have a list of 25 of the best Scratch games out there.
And as a bonus for you to enjoy, I’ve also added in some of the best games on Scratch for different age groups that didn’t make the top list!
List of The 25 Best Scratch Games
Our list of the 25 best Scratch games out there isn’t simply those on Scratch with the most hearts. Having a lot of hearts doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best game! Instead, this is a curated list of 25 certifiably awesome Scratch games that I’ve put together for you. From most hearts to least, here they are:
1. Geometry Dash! (167453 hearts)
This is a version of the popular rhythm-based game by Robert Topala ported to Scratch. Jump over obstacles to get as far as you can!
2. Paper Minecraft (17461 hearts)
A lot of popular Scratch games use themes that copy established properties, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t fun in their own right. Paper Minecraft is a side-scrolling adventure and crafting game that makes good use of the Minecraft theme.
3. [3D]ボールころころ2 (16702 hearts)
Don’t be confused by the name, this is actually a really fun game! Keep your ball on the platform as you roll towards the end. The colored squares make you jump.
4. Mystic Valley (14882 hearts)
An extremely well done platformer game. Jump on baddies and collect coins as you race to the end. Try to get the best time!
5. Appel (12549 hearts)
Appel is a great example of what’s possible in a Scratch platformer game. Jump, dodge, and collect as quickly as you can as you compete against other Scratchers to get the best time!
6. Pokemon Clicker (12511 hearts)
Click your way to getting every pokemon in this popular clicker game. Keep clicking to get points that you can use to upgrade your pokeballs, and collect popular pokemon to become the very best.
7. Flip 3D (10428 hearts)
A 3D puzzle game. Move the prism around the board without falling off or landing on a red square. Get to the purple square to move on to the next level. A lot of amazing work went into this one!
8. Random Tycoon Thing (10051 hearts)
Click the button to build toys to sell, upgrade your facilities, and get the high score in this tycoon game. After you’re done playing, check out the underlying code to see how it all goes together.
9. Animate a Name Platformer (10021 hearts)
I love the way this platformer innovates on the genre. Instead of a single character, you control all the letters in the developer’s name. Collect as many stars as you can, while trying not to lose any letters along the way!
10. Fortnite Z (9593 hearts)
A top down Fortnite-style shooting game. Collect weapons and try to outlast your enemies. The last one standing wins!
11. Ball Blast (9108 hearts)
This one is probably my favorite Scratch game to play! Fire the cannon into the air to break the balls before they crush you. Also be sure to upgrade your cannon to help you get farther.
12. Old Western Way (8904 hearts)
Try to make your way by mining, hunting, fishing and more. Sell your goods, buy upgrades and watch out for bandits! After all, this is the old west.
13. The Crusty Quest (7858 hearts)
Play as a pirate trying to get back your treasure. Jump, slash, and dodge your way through each level in this extremely well made platformer.
14. Golf Battle (7444 hearts)
Pull back the mouse to let your golf ball fly as you try to make it to the hole. Obstacles and wrong turns await you in this short, but entertaining golfing game.
15. Tower of Scratch (6704 hearts)
Play against other Scratchers as you climb the tower and try to avoid the baddies. Try to get the fastest time!
16. Farming Interactive 3 (6021 hearts)
Grow and sell your crops to become the most profitable farmer on Scratch. Upgrade your crops or hire workers to help get there faster.
17. Slash Knight (5525 hearts)
Dodge obstacles and slash through baddies to make your way through each floor in this delightful dungeon crawler. Defeat the goblin on the last level to beat the game!
18. Hide and Seek (5441 hearts)
Run and hide before the seeker comes to find you! This Scratch game is best enjoyed with friends.
19. Creature (4991 hearts)
This one is a horror themed adventure game, with an “escape room” kind of feel. Collect the pieces and use them to advance the plot, but don’t get caught by the creature!
20. Spacevale (4626 hearts)
This one is a game in the vein of classic side-scrolling space shooters! Use the mouse to move your ship around the screen. Destroy your enemies while avoiding getting hit.
21. City Simulator (4489 hearts)
Use your resources to build up your city, but don’t forget to supply it with plenty of water and power. See how high you can get your population before you run out of supplies.
22. Airplane 5 (3992 hearts)
Become a flying ace in this classic side scrolling shooter game. Dodge enemy bullets, and return fire to get through as many enemies as you can!
23. Duel! (3225 hearts)
Jump, dodge, and shoot to win a duel against the enemy square. Earn coins from your battles to improve your character.
24. Tower Defense Game (3140 hearts)
Place towers along the path to destroy the invading army. The more enemies you destroy, the more money you earn and the better towers you can buy.
25. Fortnite Online (2922 hearts)
This one is a 2-dimensional version of the super popular shooter, Fortnite. Pick your weapons and try to outlast your opponents!
Best Scratch Games for Elementary School
Elementary school is a great time to start learning how to make Scratch games. These are some of the best Scratch games for kids in grades 3-5. You’ll find excellent games to open up and seeing how things work on the inside. Give them a try and remix to code your own version!
EmeraldKart | Alpha 3 (228 hearts)
This one is still in development, but is shaping up to be a great example of a racing game! Choose your character and your track, and use the WASD keys to win the race.
Teamwork! (2017 hearts)
Control the separate characters with the WASD keys and the arrow keys. Navigate both characters to the goal flag to get to the next level.
Crumbling Platformer (1118 hearts)
Get across the screen before the ground crumbles below you. A fun and simple little game. Check out the code for making the block crumble!
Golformer (1265 hearts)
Try to get the golf ball into the hole in as few moves as possible. Control the strength and direction of your golf swing by moving the indicator away from the ball.
Upside Down (2289 hearts)
All the controls are backwards in this completely reversed platformer. See if you can overcome your own eyes and guide your character to safety.
Best Scratch Games for Middle School
Looking for something a little more challenging? For kids in grades 6-8 try these options. These unique Scratch games have a little more polish, but are still great fun to take apart.
Tower Defense (955 hearts)
This is a simple, but very well done tower defense style game. But what makes it one of the best Scratch games is that the creator has included a link to a YouTube tutorial to better explain how he made it!
Flappy Bird v1.6 (138 hearts)
A pretty good clone of the Flappy Bird game. Hit the spacebar to keep your bird in the air and avoid the pipes. Make sure to look at the code and see how it’s done!
Sticky Situation (1376 hearts)
Jump from wall to wall to avoid the spikes, and try to collect coins as you go. This one’s pretty challenging, but lots of fun.
Car Parking Simulator (1515)
Speaking as someone who can drive a car, this game is probably more difficult than it should be. Test your parking skills here!
Jump! (1956 hearts)
Use the arrow keys to move back and forth and the trampolines to jump. Time the jumps to get across the longer gaps. Can you beat every level?
Best Scratch Games for High School
High school is a great time for learning real-world coding skills. For kids in grades 9-12, Scratch helps kids build a solid foundation in core concepts before studying text-based language. These are some of the best games on Scratch for peeking inside and seeing what the code in a polished game looks like. And, they’re a lot of fun to play.
Power Tower! (2387 hearts)
Power up your new computer by plugging the cord in on each level. But be careful! Electricity can be dangerous. This one is a really fun platformer, but it is definitely a challenge.
Partisan (2259 hearts)
Defend your land from invading pirates! Make use of your trusty axe to defeat the pirates and reclaim your territory.
Doom Dungeon 2 (1092 hearts)
Race the clock as you try to escape the dungeon! Each level has different challenges to overcome as you jump around the screen.
Illuysum (2425 hearts)
This one is a timing and rhythm style game in the vein of Guitar hero. Blocks fall from the sky and you have to press the buttons that match those blocks at the right time to score points.
Santa v Robots (1927 hearts)
I’m not quite sure this one counts as a Christmas game. Take control of Santa to shoot the robots. Destroy ten of the robots without taking damage in order to power up!
Share Your Best Scratch Games
Now that you’ve seen some of the best Scratch games out there, why don’t you show us what you’ve got? Head over to our Facebook group and share a link to the best Scratch games that you’ve made (or played). Not only are we interested in hearing from you, but we could also use something new to play!
And, if you want to learn more about building Scratch games, be sure to check out our Scratch Coding Classes. These classes are a great introduction to the concepts of coding, and an absolute blast to attend.
We’ll see you there!