The Python Arcade Library


The Python Arcade Library Overview and Comparison with Pygame
The Python Arcade Library has the same target audience as the well-known Pygame library.

Features that the Arcade Library has that Pygame does not:

* Supports Python 3 [type hinting](
* Thick ellipses, arcs, and circles do not have a [moiré pattern](
* Ellipses, arcs, and other shapes can be easily rotated.
* Supports installation via standard Python package manager, using ‘pip install’
* Uses standard coordinate system you learned about in math. (0, 0) is in the lower left, and not upper left. Y-coordinates are not reversed.
* Has built-in physics engine for platformers.
* Supports animated sprites.
* API documentation for the commands is better. Many commands include unit tests right in the documentation.
* Command names are consistent. For example, to add to a sprite list you use the  `append()` method, like any other list in Python. Pygame uses  `add()` .
* Parameter and command names are clearer. For example, open_window instead of set_mode.
* Less boiler-plate code than Pygame.
* Basic drawing does not require knowledge on how to define functions or classes or how to do loops.
* Encourages separation of logic and display code. Pygame tends to put both into the same game loop.
* Runs on top of OpenGL and Pyglet, rather than the old SDL1 library.
* With the use of sprite lists, uses the acceleration of the graphics card to improve performance.
* Easily scale and rotate sprites and graphics.
* Images with transparency are transparent by default. No extra code needed.
* Lots of [Example Code](

Features that Pygame has that the Arcade Library does not:

* Python 2 support
* Does not require OpenGL
* Supports hardware like cameras, cdroms, MIDI
* Has better support for pixel manipulation in a memory buffer that isn’t displayed on screen.


it needs debian buster to run


This is great. So theoretically I (or my students) would be able to use this library to code games in python that would be compatible with the gameshell?


yeah,just set the right resulotion of screen (320x240)
and apt-get upgrade to debian buster
then install it
and it’s done


The author of this wonderful Python Arcade Library provided us a GameShell template, which will serve as a great starting point for you and your students to develop games.