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Asteroids Style Movement… Now with Firing Lasers

Posted  November 17, 2009  by  Par

A few months ago I wrote a series on character movement. As a part of that series we discussed developing the movement for a spaceship shooter like Asteroids. Since then I’ve had multiple requests for how to make the ship fire bullets. No problem! This one is simple, super simple, you may smack yourself to the head repetitively with an iron stick for not thinking of it. But if you don’t have an iron stick, no problem, we’ll get this all squared away and you’ll be on your way to solving this sort of issue with ease from now on.

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Graphic Design – Making Smoke in Flash

Posted  July 1, 2009  by  Par

What good is smoke? Let’s think for a second. What produces smoke? Failing mechanical equipment, grenades, guns, volcanoes, factories, fires, vehicles, and probably a million other things. So does your Flash game need smoke, well, that’s for your to decide. But the fact of the matter is we can produce some rather convincing smoke with [...]

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An Even Better AS3 OOP Flash Custom Cursor

Posted  March 26, 2009  by  Par

In the last tutorial we created a custom cursor, in this tutorial we’ll address some issues that will make our cursor a lot more useful! Today we’ll learn to make the cursor disappear when the mouse leaves the flash window area and reappear on the return. At the same time we’ll set it up to react correctly during a right click and most importantly maintain it’s position at the top of the stage. This way newly added MovieClips will not be able to appear on top of our cursor.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Adding Library Objects to Stage with AS3

Posted  February 5, 2009  by  Par

This is the first series on As Gamer that will take you through the basics of ActionScript 3.0 Development of a Flash Game. The goal is to give you a fundamental overview of using Flash CS3 or better to develop a game. If you are not a programmer follow along closely and I’ll try to make everything relatively simple. However, if understanding the reasoning behind conditional statements is not obvious, you may want to look into purchasing a programming book at your local bookstore. That said, this series will be very simple, but extremely effective at teaching you the principles behind the average flash game.

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AS3 Character Movement: Follow the Mouse Controls

Posted  February 25, 2009  by  Par

This is another tutorial in the character movement series. So far on AS Gamer we’ve discussed different ways to move your game’s hero with the keyboard. Today we are going to discuss how to move your player with the mouse. There’s a few ways this can be done, we can set a default speed that our character always moves at or create movement controls where our character eases into the new position. Both movement styles are extremely useful it just depends on which mouse movement method you are wanting to use for your game. First we’re going to talk about controlling the character at a steady speed following our mouse.

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AS3 Character Movement: Helicopter Games

Posted  February 22, 2009  by  Par

There are tons of games that involve character movement and controls and because one of the most popular tutorials on AS Gamer at the moment is about movement… I figured it was time to discuss a variety of movement methods. The first one we are going to discuss is Helicopter game movement. Everybody has played those helicopter games where you have to fly the helicopter through a maze without crashing. Well today we’re going to learn how to make that helicopter move the way it does.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Using Frame Labels and Art Tweening

Posted  February 18, 2009  by  Par

If you like using MovieClips to animate your artwork in flash then this is a great method for doing it. Not only for Flash Games but for any project in which you have an object that needs to undergo different animations based on conditions. However, this will work perfectly for our Flash Game. So this time in the series we are going to make our Stinger Ship EXPLODE when it gets hit by a bullet.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Registering Hit Tests

Posted  February 16, 2009  by  Par

Okay so hit tests. Hit tests simply are a check to see if two objects are touching one another. There’s plenty of ways of doing them and every shooter game needs them. AS2 had a nice little function called hitTest, AS3 has two functions…. hitTestPoint and hitTestObject. So what’s new about this hitTestPoint and hitTestObject and which one do you use? We’ll discuss it and how to make our bullets hit enemies and enemy bullets hit us.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Learn How to Make Enemies with Basic AI!!!

Posted  February 12, 2009  by  Par

All games need enemies…. okay, maybe not tetris. But if you’re in some game where you fly a spaceship it is more than likely that there’s going to be an enemy or two. So in this tutorial we’re going to learn to make our enemy class, making enemies randomly appear on the stage and move, and make them fire bullets at us.

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