Arcade Setup

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to start, only to find you aren’t setup correctly. Let’s write a tiny program to ensure that:

  • Arcade is installed correctly, and…
  • For those using PyCharm, we can run our small Python program


  1. Make sure you have the arcade_tutorial project open in PyCharm.

  2. In the PyCharm menu, choose File -> New -> Python File, then name file

  3. In the new file, enter the following:

    import arcade
  4. Right-click in the middle of the file and choose Run 'game'.

  5. A panel should appear at the bottom with an error message – we haven’t installed arcade yet into this virtual environment!

  6. Click on the red-squigly line for arcade on line one, then click on the red light bulb that pops up.

  7. Choose the Install package arcade menu item.

  8. Once installed, click the green play button to re-run our program.

  9. You now see, in the Run window, the version number.

What’s Going On

In this step we ran a Python program. Cool! We used the Python that we setup as the virtual environment for this project, then created a new file called and told that Python to run the file.

Actually, we told PyCharm to tell Python to run it, then PyCharm helped along the way. For example, the output went to a nice output window.

But we had a problem the first time. Our program wants to use some software that isn’t in Python itself. The software, called Arcade, has to be installed. PyCharm offered to install this Python package into this project’s virtual environment. We could then import the code from Arcade, into the file we are working on.

Finally, we did our one piece of work for this “game”: we grabbed a variable from the Arcade package (what version of Arcade we have installed) and used the print function to send that variable’s value to the output.

Terms Used

  • import. A Python statement to get the code from another location and bring it into the file you are working in.
  • Function. Collect a number of Python statements into a single unit that can be re-used. print is function that is built into Python.
  • Variable. A value with an identifier, allowing the value to be used repeatedly.