Uploading to the Scirra Arcade

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Tutorial written by AshleyOriginally published on 23rd, November 2011 - 10 revisions

The new Scirra Arcade allows you to share your game with the world on the Scirra website itself! Here's what you need to know.


Currently the Arcade only supports the built-in plugins and behaviors, except for the platform specific plugins (like the Windows 8 object). Also, the Browser object has limited features on the Arcade: any actions which can navigate to a different page are blocked for security reasons. Currently all third-party plugins and behaviors are not allowed. We'll be looking to improve this in future by adding more support, but each plugin and behavior must be carefully reviewed first to ensure the Arcade remains a safe and secure place to play games.

Fullscreen support

You can't make an Arcade game open in fullscreen (yet), but you can switch in to fullscreen from the game itself. Just use the Browser object's Request fullscreen action, and the game should be able to go fullscreen from the Arcade. Note you'll need to support multiple screen sizes for this.


Add the Scirra Arcade object to your project, and it provides actions to submit scores and times. Once a couple of scores have been submitted, a hi-score table should automatically appear on the game's page! You can also make an in-game hi-score board by using the object's expressions after requesting hi-scores.

Export in the Arcade format

Once your game is ready to go, click Export project and select Scirra Arcade. (It won't work if you select the ordinary HTML5 Website option - you have to select Scirra Arcade!)

Be sure to pick a new empty directory to export to. When you click Export you'll get a single file called game.zip. This is what you need to upload to the Scirra Arcade. Click Submit Game to submit your new game.

Once it's uploaded you'll also need to provide a 280x233 sized tile to represent the game, and some extra details like instructions and a description if you didn't fill one out in Construct 2.

The Arcade submissions are moderated so you might have to wait a day or two for a moderator to verify your game. Once that's done, your game is on show to the world!

That's all!

We hope to resolve the limitations and add more features as time goes by. We'll update this tutorial when we do.

Also, bandwidth can be expensive, so we might add adverts around your game. We won't touch the content of the game itself, though.

Want to embed an Arcade game on your website? See How to embed your game!

That's all there is to it - have fun uploading your games! Can you get your game in the Most Played list...?

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Bigheti 17.4k rep

It's good idea for demonstrate our games. Congratulations Scirra.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 7:19:28 AM
devilsworkshop 3,152 rep

Got to agree with both you guys. Having a platform to expose our games just makes so much sense in the long run.

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 8:01:09 AM
gardnerp 3,850 rep

I understand the issue about wanting to make sure the games are being played in a secure environment, but it is still frustrating not to be able to upload my game.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 4:38:53 AM
bowiz2 6,521 rep

Ashley, is there any chance of changing the tutorial to also say something about the 800px limit? I had my game all ready and done, but that pixel limit killed me... now I have to go back and try to change everything without messing up the code...

Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 6:41:16 PM
Cole934 2,064 rep


Friday, February 24, 2012 at 5:33:40 PM
jmlcrc 2,217 rep

I cant upload my game

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 8:26:49 PM
Weazl 2,937 rep

I have my game completed but when i try to upload it, it says"You are not using a new enough release of Construct 2. Please download the latest release, export your game in it and try uploading again."
And i download it on march 27 what to do

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 at 5:36:13 PM
Ashley 201.9k rep

@Weazl, check the releases section, we released r85 beta recently.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 at 7:13:20 PM
Bernie 2,341 rep

@Weazl, same problem.

Sunday, April 08, 2012 at 10:57:14 PM
j441167 2,673 rep

Come on man.. i play test my game, everything looks good, and then there's the 10mb and px limit..
can you put it into the construct2 program instead and say something like "Warning limit is XXX for scirra arcade"

Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:18:06 AM
arubishi 4,364 rep

@Ashley,Why does my game can't upload Scirra Arcade?
I have license, I just want to Scirra Arcade see after releasing effect? Why can't upload!
I as tutorial on do!

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 6:03:37 AM
arubishi 4,364 rep

All the steps as tutorial on do!
But when I point upload it will prompt Server Error in Application.

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 6:10:44 AM
Ashley 201.9k rep

@arubishi - try posting in the Arcade forum and tag @Tom, he manages the Arcade!

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 2:17:46 PM
arubishi 4,364 rep

@Ashley-hellow! I still don't understand how to upload the game arcade
I have already @ Tom he didn't reply to me!
Now I have been in MARKJS released my game, I found a problem WINDOW SIZE 648 * 480
In MARKJS WINDOU position will offset, I do not know this is what reason, can you help me to see?
thank you

this is my game

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 at 7:16:35 AM
Mage213456 2,306 rep

thanks and why does my comment have to be at least 10 chars long?

Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 4:49:16 PM

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