8 Games to learn CSS the fun way

I must admit, I have trouble remembering things. Especially when it comes to CSS.

Andreas Müller


I must admit, I have trouble remembering things. Especially when it comes to CSS. The Flexbox Layout for example. The property justify-content of a flex container can have more than 12 different values where many can be combined with the keywords safe or unsafe. To read the complete guide to flexbox on CSS Tricks, you have to scroll through a two column page with a height of more than 20k pixels - and although the title implies it, they are not covering everything.

I recently stumbled upon a tower defense game teaching flexbox, which really…
Wait, a what?
Yes, it turned out, that there are quite a lot of games out there, helping to teach CSS. I collected some free CSS games that were useful for me and maybe can help you have some fun with CSS again!

1. Flexbox Defense

I was just mentioning this game. It covers the flex properties align-items, justify-content, flex-direction, align-self and order in 12 different levels. Especially the last 4 levels are really fun and a little bit tricky.

2. Flexbox Froggy

This game is also about Flexbox and it covers even more flex properties: align-items, justify-content, align-content, flex-direction, align-self, flex-wrap, flex-flow and order in 24 different levels. Drop a comment, if you solved the last level 😅.

3. Grid Garden

In 28 different levels you can learn CSS Grid Layout. It covers the following grid properties: grid-column-start, grid-column-end, grid-column, grid-row-start, grid-row-end, grid-row, grid-area, order, grid-template-columns, grid-template-rows and grid-template.

4. CSS Diner

This is a little game about all kinds of CSS selectors. Try to master all 32 levels to call yourself a CSS selector expert — and hungry 😋.

5. Unfold

This isn’t exactly a game but more an interactive presentation about CSS 3D Transforms. You may think this is boring but trust me: The animations are 🔥 and you wouldn’t think this is possible with pure CSS.

6. Roadmap

Skill and speed are required to solve this little game, only made with CSS and HTML. It is not directly teaching CSS, but looking into the source code teaches a lot about clip-path, transform and animation with @keyframes!
Drop a comment how many attempts you needed to win - I needed 8! 😅

7. Carnival

You only have 8 seconds to hit all targets! A nice little CSS game using checkboxes and CSS animations.

8. Tic-Tac-Toe

And at last a classic. Tic-Tac-Toe as pure CSS game with 2 levels of difficulty also using checkboxes and CSS animations.


And here comes the bonus part with recommendations from the comments (also from dev.to):

9. Flexbox Zombies

This is a storyline driven training course where you learn to use Flexbox and a crossbow to hunt zombies. A registration is required.

10. Service Workies

In this adventure you’ll learn how to avoid the PWA pitfalls. You’ll level up your skills and thrive with Service Workers. Perhaps even slay the savage beasts that have plagued the poor village workies for centuries! A registration is required.

11. Grid Critters

Your journey to master CSS Grid begins on the mysterious planet Grideros. Your mission is to use your ship’s powerful Grid tool to save alien critters from extinction. A registration is required.

Wrapping it up

Doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert — I hope you had fun playing some games and at the same time learning something about CSS! Especially on Codepen you can find a lot of awesome games people created just using HTML and CSS.

If you know other great CSS learning games, let everyone know in the comments below.

Edited: 29th October 2019 (add 3 bonus games from Dave Geddes recommended in a comment)
Edited: 28th October 2019 (switch from wrong flexbox example
justify-items to justify-content)
Originally published: 24th October 2019