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Get Started with Narrat and create a game in a minute

Getting started with narrat is very quick. There is a ready-to-use template that can get you running your game in a minute

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What Narrat is for

Narrat specialises in helping you create narrative games with no programming. If you want to make action games, or games with many custom-made features, you may want a more typical general-purpose game engine. You can read more about Narrat's features, philosophy, limitations and how to add new features in this page.

Interactive Demo

If you want to quickly get an idea of how narrat works without creating a project, the interactive playground demo lets you edit the narrat demo game instantly in your browser.

Video Guide

For text instructions, jump to the next section.

If you prefer to follow a video, this one minute video shows the entire setup from start to having the game running.

Text Instructions


  • Be on a computer running Windows, MacOS or Linux
  • Have node.js 20+ installed (pick the current LTS version on the website).
  • A text editor, we recommend VS Code.

Creating the game project

Open a terminal in a folder of your choice (on Windows, you can shift-right-click in your folder and choose "Open PowerShell window here")

Help with opening the terminal

Opening Terminal

For more info on how to open a terminal in a folder on Windows and other OS, see this link

Once opened, you can run the following command:

npm create narrat@latest

This will download narrat and ask you some questions to configure your project. You can choose between a few game templates to get started. You can now follow the instructions from the tool to run the game, or follow the "Running the game" guide below

How it works

The narrat template is essentially a template for a mostly empty web project, with narrat as a library.

node.js is the JavaScript engine used to run our project (and build it or export it to an executable game later).

We use npmto install libraries into the game. npm is simply a package manager for installing JS libraries with node.js

There is a package.json file at the root of the template, which is a standard node.js file for defining a project and its dependencies, which get installed via npm. Inside the dependencies part of this file, you can find narrat with a version number. This is what tells the project to install a specific version of narrat.

Our template uses npm to download and install narrat (and other dependencies) and get the game ready to go. Then using npm scripts, we can use run commands to build/export the game (which all use node.js under the hood one way or another).

Install libraries (only the first time or when updating)

With the narrat game setup, open a terminal inside the folder

There is a first command to install the dependencies (libraries) on first use:

npm install
If you get warnings during npm install

Unless you see actual errors, warnings can generally be ignored

Security issues warning

You will probably see npm complain about "security issues". Those are false positives and can be ignored caused by a very careless implementation of security by NPM. Those security issues are irrelevant to the use case of narrat. Feel free to read more about why npm security warnings are broken in this article by Dan Abramov, creator of React

Running the game

npm start

This should open a browser tab with the game running after a short build time. The game can be accessed at localhost:5173

The game is ready to edit!


Those npm commands come from node.js. If the commands aren't recognised, you probably didn't install node.js correctly. More about npm install

Overview of Narrat

Now that the game is running, you might want to look at the Overview of Narrat to understand what the different parts of a Narrat game are and how to use them.

Editing the game

It is now easy to make a game by editing the narrat scripts and config files!

Editing the game

Building and exporting the game

Building and exporting

Commands Documentation

All commands

Released under the MIT License.