Thanks for the reply. I don't think I asked the right way....my problem is more about registering the travel of the tiled background. As it moves from one side of the screen to the other, I'd like a ticker to count up.
My version of the game doesn't automatically scroll from the start of the layout, as in the Flying template....in mine, you have to hit SPACE to set everything in motion. But when I do the "every tick" method, it starts counting as soon as the layout loads....which leads me to think it's actually registering the passage of time instead of distance. Am I wrong about that? If so, what do I need to do to resolve this? thanks again