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Telling Interactive Stories in Scratch

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A better, smoother way to direct your theatrical masterpiece.

Sometimes you want to make something in Scratch that isn’t a game per se but more like an interactive story. In this article, we’ll be covering some of the tricks and techniques that make it easy to tell a story! Spoiler: there’re a lot of messages.

We’ll start with the easiest way to make a story in Scratch: hard code a bunch of character actions with explicit timings.

I’m going to start by picking a couple of characters for our small work of theater.

They each have a small script telling them what to do.

The dinosaur’s code looks like:

 

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