Developing A Jigsaw Puzzle Game Part 5: ECS

If you thought writing 2,000 words about opening Photoshop or taking four weeks to start coding in Xcode were frustratingly slow, then this week’s post might make you want to set fire to your computer.

As I continue to build a jigsaw puzzle game in ridiculous detail, I want to spend the next 1,500 words getting the game to look and function exactly the same as it does right now.

Before you reach for the matches, let me explain.

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Handling Movement Part 2: Scaling and Z-Positions

In part one, I set up a Movement Component that moved sprites around a space without any regard for the type of scene that they inhabit.

However, many adventure game scenes have some sort of perspective where it’s possible for players to move around an object.

Imagine a game where, say, a character in a trench coat is visiting a square in Lecce, Italy. For some reason, there’s a crate in the middle of it:

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Handling Movement Part 1: Getting from A to B

In my initial prototype I used SKActions exclusively to handle movement. It’s a fire and forget solution—I create an action with a destination point and a duration and run that action on a sprite. SpriteKit will move that sprite to the given point over the given time without me having to think about it again.

It’s great for many situations. However, there are a few limitations:

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