MonoDevelop / Xamarin Studio

Start up MonoDevelop / Xamarin Studio and select New... in the upper left corner.

New Solution

Now you should see a "New Project" dialog pop up. From here select MonoGame > App category, then select MonoGame Cross Platform Desktop Project and click Next.

New Template

On the following dialog, type in the name that you wish to give your project. Do note that you should not use space character for it. For this tutorial, it will be named ExampleGame. After you've entered the name, click on the Browse button next to location text field, and select where you wish to save your project. Finally click Create to create a new project.

New Project

If everything went correctly, you should see an ExampleGame project open up like in the picture bellow. To run your game simply press the big Play Button in the upper left corner or press F5.

Run Game

You should now see your game window running.

Game

Currently it's just clearing the surface with blue color. For further information on creating your game, please look at the Understanding the Code.