Flash Word Games

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Discussion of Flash text/string operations for creating two games: Hangman and Word Search. References Gary Rosenzweig's book: ActionSccipt 3.0 Game Programming University and companion web site http://flashgameu.com/

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Flash Word Games

  1. 1. FLASH WORD GAMES IT 7220 - April 6, 2009 Sunday, April 5, 2009 1
  2. 2. AGENDA Syllabus updates Project updates - presentations Strings in Flash Hangman Game Word Search Game Sunday, April 5, 2009 2
  3. 3. SYLLABUS Three weeks until presentations - April 27 Final Flash discussion next week - Trivia and Quiz Games No class meeting May 4 - Reflection Paper due Sunday, April 5, 2009 3
  4. 4. PROJECTS Fab C - Recycling Maze Game Fantastic Four - Geography Game Flash Sharks - “Let’s Play Math!” Game Funky Flash - “Algebra: It’s an Everyday Thing” Quiz Game Worry Warts - Recycling Instructional Game Sunday, April 5, 2009 4
  5. 5. PRESENTATIONS APRIL 27 15-20 Minutes including time for questions Professional pitch, rehearsed, ppt optional, demo Deliverable will be a CD (no need for binder) Flash, SWF, and related files Project Documentation: Design Document; Project Plan; prototype/storyboard; pilot report; presentation materials Sunday, April 5, 2009 5
  6. 6. STRINGS IN FLASH Think of a string as an array of characters Strings are a very useful engagement design element for creating cognitive challenge with verbal and visual information (examples: word search; sodoku; vocabulary development, etc.) Flash provides a rich set of functions for managing strings--summarized by Rosenzweig on p 302 charAt join slice toLowerCase charCodeAt lastIndexOf split toUpperCase concat match string fromCharCode replace substr indexOf search substring Sunday, April 5, 2009 6
  7. 7. TEXT FORMATTING Text formatting may be applied by creating style sheets or TextFormat objects in ActionScript Style sheets are applied to HTML text whereas TextFormat objects are used with text fields in Flash Two methods are available for creating TextObjects: Inline and formal TextFormat objects are usually created just before a TextField Sunday, April 5, 2009 7
  8. 8. FORMATTING TEXTOBJECTS Flash provides a set of properties for formatting text--summarized by Rosenzweig on p 304 align font leftMargin target blockIndent indent letterSpacing underline bold italic rightMargin url bullet kerning size color leading tabStops Sunday, April 5, 2009 8
  9. 9. CREATING TEXTFIELD OBJECTS Creating a TextField is similar to creating a Sprite Both are display objects Both can be added to other Sprites and Movie clips with addChild var myTextField:TextField = new TextField(); addChild(myTextField); Formats are assigned to text fields using two methods: defaultTextFormat - generally used with text fields in games myTextField.defaultTextFormat = letterFormat; setTextFormat - allows specification of start/end characters for formatting myTextField.setTextFormat(letterFormat); Sunday, April 5, 2009 9
  10. 10. TEXTFIELD PROPERTIES Flash provides a set of properties for managing text fields--summarized by Rosenzweig on p 305-6 autoSize defaultTextFormat textColor background embedFonts type backgroundColor multiline wordWrap border selectable borderColor text NOTE: to embed fonts in your project requires that you first import the font using the library dropdown menu and then set the lingag properties to export the font to ActionScript (discussed on p 306 and in Ch 7) Sunday, April 5, 2009 10
  11. 11. ANIMATED TEXT EXAMPLE Rosenzweig provides an animated text example to demonstrate the string concepts discussed with a bit of panache TextFly.fla TextFly.as If you have extra time in your project, this code could be reused to animate the title on your intro frame Sunday, April 5, 2009 11
  12. 12. HANGMAN GAME ‘Relatively’ simple game, take on 19th century game minus the gallows Consists of guessing the letters to complete a phrase Number of wrong answers tied to number of frames of movie clip; although game play continues until user quits the Flash app Sunday, April 5, 2009 12
  13. 13. HANGMAN GAME ELEMENTS Single frame with one movie clip in the library All game elements and logic stored in document class library--Hangman.as Sunday, April 5, 2009 13
  14. 14. HANGMAN GAME MODS Easily change phrase in AS file or randomly generate a list of phrases using an array Include an intro, game, and scoring screen to provide setup and scoring End game when number of tries exceeds number of frames in movie clip Sunday, April 5, 2009 14
  15. 15. WORD SEARCH GAME This game is obviously more complex, follows 3- frame structure: intro; play; gameover All game logic is in a single document class WordSearch.as linked to WordSearch.fla Searches are horizontal, vertical, and diaganol Words are removed from list when located Sunday, April 5, 2009 15
  16. 16. WORD SEARCH MODS Easily modifiable to any subject, simply change the list of words Words could also be read from an external (XML) file for even greater flexibility Could add a timer Grid size can be reduced for younger audiences Sunday, April 5, 2009 16
  17. 17. LAB Work in teams Sunday, April 5, 2009 17

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