any ideas on how to best achieve a similar tail effect in c2?
You need an animation that shows the tail.
This could be somewhat tricky to do, I would store the previous position of the player at different ticks, then apply a set position to the stored position after a given time, for each part of the tail.
No idea if this is a good example but I like to post easy examples today
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This is a 10 second example - be sure to clean it up if you use it (destroy the trail sprites if they're below a certain size - alternatively just add the fade property)
It doesn't really add a seamless tail though, to do that I'd experiment with the idea of a tail sprite, the width of which would be multiple of the platforms speed, so the faster your moving the longer the tail.
The angle could be determined by an invisible sprite with a 1 second life span spawned every second or so at the player's x/y.
good ideas, thanks everyone