I finished posting two more episodes of Starting with Starling series. Please check it out!
In the 9th episode, add food items to the in-game screen randomly and animate them. Using similar techniques used for obstacles, detect collision between the items and hero.
In the 10th episode, learn how text rendering works in Starling Framework. Understand the two types of fonts you can use to display text in your games.
Episode 6 of the Starling series was uploaded a while back. Today, I completed Episode 7. I have been working on optimizing the game itself for its release on devices. In the process, also trying to minimize the number of episodes in this tutorial series. My objective is to have the videos focused on how Starling is helpful in development and not to concentrate on the actual game development technique. I am trying to come up with an intermediate solution that can touch both topics. I hope to post around 5 more episodes in this series.
In the 6th episode: Write the base code needed to control the game state and hero’s speed. Define idle state, add “Start” button and also make the hero fly in from the left side of the screen. Once the hero is inside the screen, change the game state to the flying state.
In the 7th episode: Create the Obstacle class. Also define the watchout sign animation, obstacle art and crash art.
Finally animate the obstacles from the right side at random vertical points and remove them once they go out of the screen on the left.
This time, I spent about a week thinking and developing a new game that I could use for this new tutorial series “Starting with Starling”. So, I ended up with Hungry Hero. It was a quick 2 days of coding, but took a little bit more than 2 days for creating graphics, assets, sounds, etc.
I drew the character/elements on paper, then converted them to vector drawings in Adobe Illustrator. Finally animating the hero character in Flash Pro, I created the sprite sheet. It was a fun experience building all of these in the crunch time.
I also thought of what else I could present as part of this series. I am glad a lot of you have provided feedback through the comments/mails on how you like the idea of a complete workflow being covered. I have plans around this to make sure I help you guys with better understanding of the “process”, rather than just a piece of it. Stay tuned!
With that in mind, I released the 2nd episode: Welcome Screen of this video series yesterday. Do have a look at it and let me know what you think. Do re-tweet and share!