Swivel Turret Intro Comic Panel

The test project I created for my SpriteKit components library is getting out of hand. Here is a panel from the introduction comic.

Yep, my example mini-game now has an introduction animated comic (if you were wondering why I haven’t released an actual game yet).

External Libraries with the SpriteKit Visual Editor

I’m in the process of developing a library of useful, reusable components that could be dropped as an external library into a SpriteKit project.

They include things like my NodeComponent and an abstracted way of managing three different kinds of input from either macOS or iOS (single tap/left click, double tap/right click, and pan/mouse drag). It also has a physics component and a render component—things that come up in games of all different types.

The components often have a lot of editable properties that affect how entities behave in the game. Tagging these properties with the @GKInspectable tag allows you to use these components within the SpriteKit visual editor.

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Creating a Generic Node Component in SpriteKit

After the development of my simple puzzle game, one of the things I wanted to do differently was using a generic Node Component. This would be a component that would do all the scaling, rotating, and positioning in such a way that it could apply to any node type (label, sprite, shape, etc) or even things like particle emitters.

In this post, I’ll create a simple SpriteKit scene with a basic render system and a few simple components to see how this might work.

As I write this, I’m walking the Dale’s Way with nothing but my iPad Pro so this will all be done using the Swift Playgrounds app.

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Developing A Jigsaw Puzzle Game Part 10: Final Thoughts

I have reached the end of my jigsaw puzzle game journey!

Documenting this process in as much detail as I did has been revealing. There were holes in my knowledge: things that I knew how to do without a full understanding of how they actually worked. Trying to explain every line of code forced me to reach for that deeper understanding.

Despite this, some of my decisions were still questionable and I would do certain things differently now. On the other hand, I was pleased at how other aspects came out and there are ways that I have implemented things in this that I definitely want to pull into my adventure game engine.

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