Tutorial: Platform School

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    These tutorials are on hiatus. Due to changes in the way Construct handles controls, they do not work in v0.99 and above. I am currently working on a new set of tutorials written from scratch. I'm not sure when they will be released. Not too long, hopefully.

    To keep confusion to a minimum, the download links to the tutorials in this post have been removed.

    Thanks

    Updated January 12th, 2011

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    Welcome to

    Platform School.

    This is a series of tutorials aimed at novice Construct users. These tutorials assume you have a basic knowledge of the Construct IDE and event system. If you're totally new to Construct I recommend you go through the Ghost Shooter tutorial before starting Platform School. You can find the Ghost Shooter tutorial here.

    Platform School is meant to be an interactive tutorial. Each lesson is a .cap file that you run with Construct, and by playing the game and reading the signs you will learn how the game itself is put together. By the end of the lessons you will have gone through how a full game is constructed from beginning to end.

    The lessons concentrate on how platform games are put together, but many of the concepts and techniques are applicable to other genres of games.

    The Lessons

    :

    • Lesson One - Layout and Events
        An overview of how the .cap file is set up in regard to the Layout and Event sheets. Covers setting up the hitbox and player sprite, the platforms, and other organization tips.
    • Lesson Two - Controls and Animation
        An overview of how animations are set up. Using keyboard input as well as environmental input to control animation.
    • Lesson Three - Scrolling, Parallax, and the HUD
        An overview of scrolling, sampling, and Tiled Background issues. Creating layers that scroll at different rates for parallax effects or static HUD elements.
    • Lesson Four - Detecting the Environment
        Using overlaps and offset overlaps to detect environmental elements. How to make a spring, a moving platform, slopes, and a simple animation trick.
    • Lesson Five - Customizing Controls
        Creating two simple custom controls to enhance the default Platform behavior... super-speed, and double-jump.
    • Lesson Six: More Customizing Controls
        Creating two more advanced custom controls for swimming and climbing ladders.
    • Lesson Seven - Basic Enemy AI
        Making a simple enemy that patrols back and forth. Subjects include Containers and spawning.
    • Lesson Eight - Intermediate Enemy AI
        Making a slightly more complex enemy that chases the player around the level.
    • Lesson Nine - Combat
        How to stomp heads. Covers some information on families and spawning objects.
    • Lesson Ten: Combat, Part 2: Player Health, Life, and Death (Coming soon!)
    • More lessons to come...

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    Feel free to post any questions regarding the tutorial here in this thread.

  • wow thats a cool christmas gift Deadeye, i'm sure it wil be handy for all newcomer.

    I'll take a more deep look when i'll get back home.

  • Brilliant! Top stuff Deadeye - mind if I link to Platform School from the main site, wiki etc?

  • Sure, I'd be honored. If you're linking from the Learn section though you might want to host the .caps on site, just in case willhost goes out. Which it does periodically.

    Oh, and I'll be adding to the lessons, so leave room

  • These are absolutely wonderful DeadEye I cannot wait to see the rest as they shall help me vastly.

  • i found a strange bug when i open the signcontrol event sheet i have a error message "an Invalid argument was encountered"

    construc bug or platform school... i dunno

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  • i found a strange bug when i open the signcontrol event sheet i have a error message "an Invalid argument was encountered"

    construc bug or platform school... i dunno

    If it's when you open the event sheet then it's a Construct bug and you should report it.

    Though it might be the same bug as this if it happens when clicking on the scrollbar:

    http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.ph ... id=1003219

  • Yeah it's the same one.

  • ... Holy crap. This is AWESOME. I should have noticed this earlier. This will help my efforts immensely. The events thing basically solves a layout change problem I have, and the background tiles thing will make my life a million times easier, methinks. Genius. You deserve a medal. I eagerly wait for more soon... Especially the AI one, I'm having a buggered up time with my first enemy.

  • Thanks Deadeye! The community needs some great tutorials for new peoples, and this example is high quality stuff!

  • Thanks, guys

    I started working on the next one yesterday. I might have it ready by tonight, or tomorrow morning at the latest.

  • Huzzah! Looking forward to it! Hope these updates will be a regular thing.

  • Okay, the next lesson is ready

  • Those tutorials are very well done, thanks deadeye.

  • Indeed they are. And now that I've seen detectors in action, I realise there's more ideas for detectors - for example, Mario-style jumping on enemies! Awesome. And I didn't realise moving platforms could work like that in Construct.

    I hope to see more soon, these have been really helpful! I hope these haven't been bogging you down, though.

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